Monday, July 30, 2012

Cyber Forensics Companies and Firms In India Must Innovate

One thing common among the cyber law trends in India, cyber crimes trends in India and the cyber security trends in India provided by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) is the growing number and incidences of cyber crimes in India and cyber attacks against India.

Naturally, India needs effective cyber laws, robust cyber security and appropriate cyber forensics capabilities. Cyber forensics in India is still trying to catch up with the techno savvy criminals who are defeating the law enforcement agencies and legal system of India.

Even on the front of cyber forensics skills and capabilities, there are very few cyber forensics firms and companies in India. We have a single techno legal cyber forensics research centre of India that is managed by Perry4Law, PTLB and Perry4Law Techno Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC).

So why is it that we have such low numbers of cyber forensics experts and firms in India? The problem lies with the educational system of India that has ignored professional and vocational skills for decades. Another related problem in this regard is the indifferent and discouraging attitude of Indian government towards seeking services and cooperation of cyber forensics laws firms of India like Perry4Law.

If right individuals, firms, and companies are not at right place at the right time, the end result would always be injurious to India. However, Indian government is least bothered to appreciate this aspect.

In these circumstances, the online cyber forensics courses and trainings in India by private players become very important. For instance, the virtual campus for cyber forensics education in India by PTLB is a good initiative that can help in bridging the cyber forensics skills gap of India.

We need more educational institutions, firms and companies that can provide trainings and education in the field of cyber forensics. In order to achieve this cyber forensics companies and firms in India must innovate and dare to explore new areas.

Further, the attitude of Indian government towards existing cyber forensics education providers of India must be more liberal. They must be extended more facilities, grants and recognition so that professional cyber forensics trainings and education in India can flourish.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Legal E-Discovery Services In India

Legal process outsourcing (LPO) and legal knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) have changed dramatically in India due to the recent events. The Supreme Court of India has declared that foreign law firms, LPOs/legal KPOs, chartered accountant firms, etc cannot practice law in India anymore.

The term legal practice has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as covering both litigation and non litigation related aspects of legal practice in India. This means that only Indian lawyers enrolled under respective bar councils and actually practicing law are entitled to provide LPO/legal KPO, consultancy, litigation, non litigation, agreement drafting and vetting and all other legal services in India. 

In short, legal practice in India, both litigation and non litigation, has now become an exclusive professional area for Indian advocates alone. All LPOs/legal KPOs providing legal services in India would be engaging in illegal activities and bar council of India can take action against them.

Similarly, all such legal services by these foreign law firm/lawyers, LPOs, legal KPOs, CA/CS firms, audit and accountant firms, etc are illegal in nature and thus risky to take. Clearly, legal services in India are under metamorphism.

With a general ban upon foreign and non legal personnel to practice law in India, Indian lawyers and law firms must now deliver and rise up to the occasion. This is more so regarding information and communication technology (ICT) related legal fields.

For instance, cyber lawyers in India is need of the hour due to growing ICT related cases in India. Similarly, lawyers must be aware of cyber security, cyber forensics, cyber law, e-discovery and many similar techno legal issues. 

E-discovery outsourcing to India is going to increase in the near future. With foreign lawyers and law firms out of the picture, Indian law firms like Perry4Law would play a more pro active role in this regard. This is more so as even non legal e-discovery firms would be prevented to operate in India due to the recent order of Supreme Court.

Electronic discovery (E-Discovery) services in India would be in much demand as more and more technology related issues are giving rise to legal disputes. Although we have no norms for electronic discovery (e-discovery) in India as on the date yet they may be formulated very soon.

With the active use of virtual data rooms for legal compliances in India e-discovery could see a jump in India. E-discovery for cloud computing in India and e-discovery for social media in India are some of the areas where ICT law firms like Perry4Law are providing their services in India. If you have e-discovery requirements, you may consider seeking services of law firms like Perry4Law as other may be banned in India.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Distance Learning Courses For Computer Forensics In India

Computer forensics in India is one area that Indian government must take very seriously. Presently, the educational system of India is not conducive to produce sufficient number of computer forensics professionals in India. In fact, there are very few educational institutions that are providing computer forensics courses in India.

Another related problem is that the higher legal education in India is not only outdated and needs urgent reforms but also suffering from corrupt practices. PhDs in India are dying due to indifferent attitude of Indian government towards these vices of educational system of India.

The need of the hour is to bring educational reforms in India on the one hand and development of techno legal skills development in India on the other hand. Although the legal fraternity of India is getting serious yet legal education in India is getting worst.

In the absence of a pro active role by the traditional educational systems of India, private players have to fill the gap. However, even private initiatives in this regard are not enough.

Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) is the exclusive techno legal computer forensics training institution of India. PTLB e-learning platform is providing various computer forensics trainings in India. The computer forensics trainings in India by PTLB are specifically designed to provide best practical trainings and education.

If you are interested in the distance learning cyber forensics courses in India, you can fill the application form that can be downloaded from here. Additional information in this regard can be found here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Legal Practice In India Now Exclusively Belongs To Advocates

Now only advocates enrolled as per the provisions of Advocates Act, 1961 can engage in litigation and non litigation related services in India. This includes consultancy, opinion giving, drafting of agreement and their vetting, litigation in courts, etc.

As a natural corollary, those who are not entitled to practice law in India in any of its form and still providing legal services would be doing the same illegally. It is also possible that suitable legal actions can be taken against such persons.

Further, the legal sanctity of such illegal legal services may also be doubtful. Legal service seekers must ensure that those professionals providing litigation and non litigation related services in India are enrolled with the Bar Council of India/State and not engaged in other part time/whole time employment.

Further, whole time practicing CAs and CS cannot practice law and this judgement equally affects them as well.

This also means that foreign law firms and LPOs cannot practice either litigation or non litigation related issues in India anymore. This also means that Indian LPO service providers like Perry4Law would witness an enhanced role in the LPO segment of India.

Let us see how things would take a shape from here.