Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, March 7:
A training program-cum-seminar on ‘Cyber Security Laws’ was organized by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore in collaboration with the SOA National Institute of Law (SNIL), the faculty of legal studies of the SOA University in the Odisha capital today.
Addressing the seminar, Prof (Dr) A Nagarathna, Chief Investigator of Advanced Centre for Development and Training in Cyber Laws and Forensics at the NLSIU, Bengaluru, called for adoption of a proactive approach jointly by governments, industry, individuals and public at large to effectively counter all forms of cyber crimes.
“There is a need to set up more agencies specifically entrusted with different tasks associated with combating cyber crimes which should work in coordination with each other to achieve the objective,” he said.
This, he said, could be done by establishing separate agencies on the lines of “National Infrastructure Protection Centre” of the USA.
Prof Nagarathna stressed the need to generate a contact system with police of all other countries to ensure that investigations even beyond the boundaries were also made possible.
The first Indian law relating to cyber crimes – Information Technology Act, 2000, was enacted with the primary aim of facilitating e-commerce transactions and e-governance and hence had failed to address all essential issues relating to cyber crimes, he said.
“Its provisions relating to cyber crimes were not effective enough. Recent amendments made to the enactment in 2008 addresses some of these issues but are still not effective enough to deal with all types of cyber crimes as some forms of such crimes still remained outside the purview of the law,” he said.
Nagarathna said lack of harmonized definition of cyber crimes and lack of international cooperation in tackling the menace were the other problems which required immediate solutions.
“Inter-state cooperation many not be sufficient if the private sector, including companies producing hardware and software, are not involved,” he said.
Among others, Prof (Dr) R Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU, Prof. (Dr.) Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA University and Prof (Dr) Jayadev Pati, dean of SNIL addressed the seminar.