Cyber Crimes in India are increasing whereas India’s capabilities and willingness to tackle the same is declining day by day. Issues like cyber war, cyber terrorism, denial of service attacks, botnet, spam, phishing, etc cannot be taken casually these days. Cyber security and cyber forensics in India are not easy to achieve especially when there is no legal enablement of ICT systems in India.
The leading techno-legal expert/specialist of India Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law says, “Although India has done a good job by enacting the IT Act, 2000 yet it failed to keep it updated. For instance, we need express provisions and specified procedures to deal with issues like denial of service (DOS), distributed denial of services (DDOS), bot, botnets, trojans, backdoors, viruses and worms, sniffers, SQL injections, buffer overflows etc. These issues cannot be left on mere luck, implied provisions or traditional penal law of India (IPC). Even issues like cyber war against India or cyber terrorism against India have not been properly incorporated into the IT Act, 2000 yet. The proposed IT Act Amendment Bill, 2008 also failed to address these issues. It would only result into increased cyber crimes in India”.
The defence forces also need cyber security and cyber forensics capabilities. The digital life is an altogether different segment where traditional methods are ineffective. The cyber war and cyber terrorism threats are not only real but also very dangerous. However, nothing much can be expected due to the ICT failures of India for at least 10 more years. India does not have offensive cyberspace capabilities. The only recourse available for India is to work sincerely in this regard by taking help of good techno-legal experts. Otherwise India can enjoy a false sense of security and paper based achievements only.