Sunday 27 March 2011

Cyber Crimes And Network Security In India

Cyber crimes are increasing in India at an alarming speed. With a poor track record of cyber crime convictions, the situation is even more worrisome. The law enforcement officials in India are not well versed with cyber law related issues. The cyber crime cells operating in India lacks expertise to nab cyber criminals.

If this is not enough, the information technology act 2000 has made almost all the cyber crimes bailable in India. Cyber criminals can commit these bailable cyber crimes and roam free on bail as a matter of right.

While cyber criminals have almost no need to fear from the Cyber Law of India, yet Companies, Organisations and Intermediaries must observe Cyber Due Diligence in India, informs Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based law firm Perry4Law.

If you are a Bank operating in India, you must also meet the mandatory requirements to create a position of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) as well as establish Steering Committees on Information Security at the Board Level at the earliest, informs Dalal. This is required to ensure effective cyber security for banks and financial institutions operating in India.

Further, system administrators must also observe due diligence regarding Indian cyber law and cyber security requirements. By showing a lax attitude towards cyber security, these system administrators may find themselves booked under the laws of India.

As cyber crimes increase in India and due diligence requirements becomes more stringent, it would be a sound practice to adopt effective cyber crime policy for an organisation. Further, organisations and individuals must also pay enough attention to the cyber security requirements of their networks.

These days, network security has become very important for business entities. Almost all the organisations are connected with cyberspace and this makes their networks vulnerable to cyber attacks. Network security must be an integral part of the security policy of all organisations. An increasing awareness about network security in India has been seen and this is a good step in the right direction.