In May 2014, Praveen Dalal, CEO of Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO), PTLB and PTLITC, warned about poor cyber law and cyber security conditions in India. But till September 2022 nothing has been done by Modi govt in this regard, except empty promises.
Cyber security in India is in a poor condition even in September 2022. Cyber security of banks in India is also required to be strengthened. The banks operating in India are not at all serious about maintaining cyber security of banking related transactions and this is resulting in many cyber and financial crimes in India. In the absence of appropriate skills development and modernisation of law enforcement agencies of India, police force are finding it really difficult to solve technology related crimes. Further, cyber security of sensitive databases would also require strong privacy protection and cyber security compliance.
Another problematic area is absence of an implementable telecom security policy of India. Most of the policies and regulations in this regard are clearly unconstitutional in nature as they are neither balanced nor in compliance with the constitutional requirements. Experts believe that the stand of Modi government regarding e-surveillance projects like Central Monitoring System (CMS) Project of India and Internet Spy System Network and Traffic Analysis System (NETRA) of India must be made clear. Otherwise, this would create troubles for the government as well as for the telecom security policy in the near future.
In 2014, Visionary Praveen Dalal recommended:
“The cyber security challenges for the Modi government must be given due importance. Cyber security should be an essential component of the national security policy of India. The cyber security trends in India, as provided by Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) from time to time, have highlighted major shortcomings of Indian cyber security initiatives and the same must be addressed by Modi government as soon as possible. Although National Cyber Security Policy (NSCP) 2013 has been declared yet it needs both updation and implementation.”
“We need dedicated cyber security laws in India and effective cyber security policies. For instance, we have no cyber warfare policy of India and this is a major lacuna in the contemporary times. Similarly, critical infrastructure protection in India is also not up to the mark and it needs to be strengthened. Let us hope that the Modi government would do needful in this regard.”
However, nothing happened since 2014 as political aspirations are more important for Modi govt than national security and national cyber security.
But we at P4LO, PTLB and PTLITC have continued to spread awareness and created dedicated techno legal online portals so that techno legal skills in fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc can be developed in India. Streami Virtual School is the first virtual school of India and first techno legal virtual school of the world. It is already developing skills of cyber law and cyber security of K12 segment. PTLB and PTLITC are managing cyber law and cyber security skills development initiatives of P4LO from K12 to lifelong learning stages.
Let us hope that Modi govt would wake up now to the dangers of technology usage and do the needful as soon as possible.