Computer forensics is an integral part of a successful cyber crimes investigation. We have no set pattern or procedure for cyber crime investigation in India. In fact, a petition is already pending before the Supreme Court of India for prescribing regulations for effective investigation of cyber crimes in India.
The increasing numbers of financial frauds and cyber crimes in the corporate sector of India is a serious cause of concern. In the absence of adequate number of computer forensics professionals in India, there is negligible cyber crimes convictions in India.
Indian government has decided to give more powers to Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) of India to tackle such white collor crimes in India. Indian government is also planning to develop computer forensics skills in India. Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) welcomes these efforts of Indian government as they are much needed in the present circumstances.
Recently, few banks were accused of engaging in money laundering exercises. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also found some aberrations at ICICI, HDFC and Axis Banks functioning and it has announced to take action against the guilty banks. While the banks have also initiated their own investigation but these private investigations may attract additional legal liabilities. Similarly, a forensics analysis of Nokia’s computers is also in process to ascertain whether they were used to download softwares in India.
Cases like these would increase in the future. Cyber forensic investigation solutions in India are needed to be developed. These solutions must have the capabilities and expertise to ascertain internet protocol (IP) addresses, data recovery, e-discovery, e-mails IP tracking, deep web analysis, IP address spoofing analysis, etc.
We also need to develop computer forensics best practices in India. The present approach of India regarding computer forensics is not proper. Similarly, the IP address should not be the sole criteria to arrest an accused. Recently, the Supreme Court of India has declared that a senior police officer’s permission is required for arresting a person for posting objectionable contents on social media websites.
Although this is a good step in the right direction yet there are many problems with our present cyber law and the same deserves an urgent repeal. Similarly, modernisation of law enforcement and parliamentary accountability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies of India is also required.
We hope Indian government would do the needful in these directions as soon as possible. At PTLB we provide various online techno legal courses, including online cyber forensics courses, for various stakeholders.
We achieve this task through the exclusive techno legal computer forensics e-learning platform of India that is managed by PTLB. The “application form” can be downloaded from here. See the students’ enrollment and FAQs segments of PTLB for more details. For payment of the fees, see the payment mechanism of PTLB.