Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cyber Genome Project: The New War Between Crackers And Regulators

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of United States has recently announced one of the most crucial projects managed by it. It has revealed the initiation of “Cyber Genome Program”. The aim of the project is to trace the source of any digital information whether it is a document, malware or any other electronic communication.

As a part of this project, digital artifacts are collected from various live systems such as traditional computers, personal digital assistants, and/or distributed information systems such as cloud computers, from wired or wireless networks, or collected storage media. The format may include electronic documents or software.

According to Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India, “The project is a very crucial one for the Internet in general and cyber security in particular. It would raise the standards and challenges for cyber security and cyber forensics and would take them to the next revolutionary level. However, the project requires tremendous techno-legal expertise that can be gathered through “collective expertise” only”.

At the same time the Cyber Genome Project would also involve many other legal issues as well. It would not be an easy ride for the project in the absence of an “International Harmonisation” as acts undertaken under the project may be found offending by many jurisdictions. This may also involve “retaliation actions” by those who may feel offended by such tremendous power over the Internet and interconnected networks, warn Praveen Dalal.

The project is at the very initial stage and till its maturity lots of troubles and doubts would be already removed. Let us hope that the project would be successful in preventing and remedying the cyber threats and cyber crimes worldwide, says Praveen Dalal.