Monday, February 21, 2011

India Should Take Cyber Forensics Seriously

It is no secret that criminals are using information technology for various nefarious activities in India. It has become very important for law enforcement agencies, security agencies and legal and judicial members of India to understand technology.

Police force plays an important role in maintaining law and order in the society. Police force is also the first level of interaction that brings together cyber crimes, high tech crimes and terrorist activities and investigation techniques. Thus, police force must be well versed with and must have sufficient training for cyber law and cyber forensics issues.

When cyber criminals and terrorists are using technology, police force and security agencies of India cannot afford to be indifferent towards the same. India has limited cyber forensics laboratories and they are already overburdened. This results in a backlog of cyber forensics investigations and crucial evidence cannot be produced before the courts at appropriate time.

Further, there is also an urgent need to have good cyber forensics research and training institutions in India. Presently, we have a single techno legal cyber forensics research, training and education centre in India. It is managed by Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB).

Home ministry of India must consider an active use of cyber forensics for effective fulfillment of its duties. The present initiatives of home ministry are far lesser than the required one. Cyber forensics is a very crucial and important field and India must appreciate its importance as soon as possible.