Posted by: Editor LNAV | April 8, 2009

Indian Police Still Lack Technologies To Deal With The Cyber Crimes

Darpana Kutty reported that it’s rather unfortunate that India, which is one of the powerful nations and powerful technology markets of the world, is still not well equipped with the technologies to deal with the cyber crimes. According to the cyber experts, India is currently the fourth worst-hit from Chinese Net hackers, but unfortunately, the Indian police still do not have the technologies to counter the Internet and modern spying technologies that are often applied by the today’s tech savvy terrorists. It’s a serious loophole posing serious challenge to the security in India.

The web security experts say cyber crimes are increasingly growing, as the Indian police system is incapable of dealing with crimes commited through internet. The Indian police system is still not proficient to deal with issues like cyber war and cyber terrorism. The Indian police personnel are still not well literate to deal with the cyber crimes like computer attacks or hacks, security breaches, botnet, spam, phishing, etc

According to cyber experts, the biggest problem probably is that the majority of people in Indian police and defence forces are still computer and cyber illiterate, and there is less awareness about cyber crimes. Secondly, Indian legal system does not have specific and proper laws for cyber crimes.

“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,” says Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and the leading techno-legal expert/specialist of India.

The cyber experts say that the Indian police and defence forces direly need cyber security and cyber forensics capabilities. The Indian authorities really need to something very seriously and sincerely to make the people of its police forces, cyber literates. The authorities can get the help of good techno-legal experts for that.

Indian government is stubborn and non-citizen centric when it comes implementing valuable public suggestions and inputs. However, exceptions are found everywhere. The public initiatives by Perry4Law like legal enablement of ICT systems in India and working group on cyber law in India are proving decisive for formulating Indian cyber law and cyber security policies and strategies. The Department of Information Technology (DIT) has been following many crucial suggestions of Mr. Praveen Dalal and implementing them one by one. What is disturbing is that they have not acknowledged his valuable contributions in this regard. It would not be surprising if his suggestions are incorporated unacknowledged as ICT Policies and Strategies of India

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