In recent years, cybercrime has increased throughout the world. In India, in the last year alone, there was a 16 percent increase in the number of cyberattacks recorded by the police. Cybercrime is just getting worse and worse. It stresses the importance of developing stronger legal frameworks to help protect society. Investigating cyber crimes can often be a very long and complicated process.
The investigators will have to perform several tasks related to gathering evidence such as acquiring digital forensic data, analyzing it, and pinpointing hackers based on their actions or their attempts to hide them. Hence, they need specialized software that enables them to gather all information related to an attack from multiple points across a victim’s network quickly and efficiently.
As news of increasing cyberattacks continues to make major headlines across the globe, it’s becoming more and more clear that cybercrime is having an unprecedented impact in every industry and affecting us on a personal level. It’s no wonder why cybersecurity has become a top priority for enterprises everywhere because it’s becoming more apparent than ever that enough is not being done to prevent these types of attacks from occurring�
The predominant forms of cyber thefts include:
Data breaches, identity theft, financial theft, and internet time thefts, amongst others. Though cybersecurity is advancing every day, hackers are also constantly upping their game and so companies need to stay one step ahead.
Every government in the world, including our own country, is concerned about cybersecurity. India is especially facing a rising number of cybersecurity issues, and it’s inevitable that it does more to protect its citizens. According to a recent analysis done by The Economic Times, cybercrime is costing the Indian government nearly 2 trillion rupees (USD 30 billion) per year. Another study done by Kaspersky has found that there were three times as many cyberattacks from April – June of this year than during all of 2015. India was hit with 4.5 million attacks in July 2020 alone – by far the highest amongst all nations!
There are four laws that serve as the backbone of cybersecurity: Information Technology Act, Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1980, Companies Act of 2013, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Compliance. There are extensive laws in countries like India, where the internet is used very heavily.
These laws help govern digital information and security practices. Strict cybersecurity laws enable oversight of digital transactions and online commerce, as well as promote secure banking transfers and protect confidential digital data for businesses. The goal is to make India one of the top destinations for investment in new technology by updating its infrastructure along with a strong legal framework to welcome private enterprises.
Why do Cyber laws need to be updated?
A Quick Analysis of the Cyber Law Scenario in India Cyber laws in India are governed by The Information Technology Act, 2000 and These Laws have been updated several times since the Original and most recent one was rolled out in 2008. Although these laws were created with the best interests at the heart of Indian Citizens, there is much room for improvement.
Digitally Inclined Indians hold an important spot on Big Data Maps since every day more and more Indians are jumping online to keep up with their work and social lives via computers or smartphones. With this exponential increase in Cyber Users, we must ensure that Cyber laws can keep up with new developments.
One of the reasons can be that there is a lack of fear of the law by cybercriminals when it comes to cybercrime incidents in India. Call it lenient or ineffective but most common computer crimes are not punishable by life imprisonment, but maybe civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims involved and hefty fines paid out to close cases in which there is no other evidence to convict criminals.
Take an example in the US where they make laws related to hacking seriously. Hacking is considered a felony offense, as there are stiff consequences for those apprehended doing it multiple times. They have well-defined laws related to these cases through which they get these people punished at larger extents – none less than 15-39 years in jail!
So, laws need to be more stringent, and courts should be given the power to make cybercrime cases a priority over other crimes. Training for police officials related to computers and internet usage is another crucial way of decreasing the cybercrime rate; this means that India must encourage education in computer science at an early age.
Other ways of decreasing cybercrime could be more strict laws passed which mandate a stricter punishment for those who break them and making sure that cybercrime cases are taken just as seriously as live crime cases.
Moreover, citizens should be made aware of the laws in order to protect them. These laws are somewhat strict and must be adhered to. In fact, these laws should be clear-cut and easy for everybody to understand. While cybercrime is certainly a challenge for India today it has typically faced problems regarding enforcing laws across its territory in the past!
Despite that issue, it’s still necessary that the government puts into action a strong law enforcement body that can strike fear in cybercriminals who are currently committing atrocious acts against innocent users of the internet. We do know however that this is difficult because we’ve had trouble as a nation defining our own ‘cyberlaws’ clearly due to technological advances (and their implications).