Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cyber Investigative Services In India

Cyberspace dealings are increasing day by day as information and communication technology (ICT) has become an essential part of our daily lives. Whether it is e-governance or e-commerce, technology has touched almost all aspects of our lives.

However, cyberspace, like real word, is not a safe place. In fact, it is less safe than real space because we cannot ascertain with whom we are dealings unless we use technical methods to ascertain the identity of a cyber netizens.

Digital forensics investigation is one of the methods where the perpetrators of cyber crimes and cyber contraventions can be ascertained. Digital forensics investigations in India are still at the infancy stage and very few specialised firms are providing these services.

Cyber investigation services are essentially techno legal in nature. This is so because we need both technical as well as legal issues to be addressed while conducting a cyber investigation. Further, cyber investigation also required techno legal training so that cyber investigators can handle the cases properly.

A wrongly handled case may be lost in a court of law. The chain of evidence must be kept intact otherwise the evidence may be inadmissible in courts. This also requires proper handling of digital evidence by the digital investigators.