At the click of the Law: Opportunities in Cyber Law

Jan 2016

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Internet today is a necessity more than a privilege and so has been declared in the United Nations. The World Wide Web (www) or the internet, is an alternative universe. It is the virtual world where we exist, speak our minds with family and friends. It is also a space where details of financial and transactional details, sensitive documents, personal records and many other ‘properties’ are stored. But who’s there to protect it all?

According to a recent the Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) report, India has more internet users than the total population of the US and has become the second largest country by the number of internet users after China with 354 million users actively using the net. While you may have signed petitions for Net Neutrality, worried about the big brother taking over our privacy on the internet or heard about various financial and banking frauds, how can you take a more proactive part in enhancing the cyber laws of India?

Just 20 years ago, Indian was just waking up to the internet, just like many other countries in the world. Like a small baby, we are still learning the cause, effect and the various uses and misuses that are inherent to the age of internet. And to protect us from a few malicious causes and misuses of the internet, cyber law, the law meant for the internet came into being. Cyber is a word used to define the culture of virtual reality, information technology, etc. And the laws that protect these spaces – both from perpetrators and intruders are called Cyber Laws. Across the globe, these laws are in their nascent stage, growing along with the ever-expanding purview of information technology. A career in Cyber Law is an exciting one because it is a growing field. Every once in a while a new anomaly is found, and most of the days, it is fixed. While most laws deal with an actual, physical world and its rights, Cyber Law is just expanding to identify the internet world and its rights there.

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India and Rising Cyber Crime

 In India the Information Technology Act, the first cyber law act was introduced in 2000. According to National Crime Record Bureau reports, there has been an increase of 60.06% in cases registered and 64.15% in arrests made under IT act since 2012 and the number continues to rise. Similarly, an increase of 73.54% in cases registered and 55.14% in arrests made under IPC since 2012. 

 

Kind of Cyber Threats

- Cyber terrorism

- Industrial espionage

- Phishing

- Credit card frauds

- Viruses, Spam, etc

Basically crimes that are computer related and facilitated crimes.

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Education

A candidate who aspires to be a cyber lawyer needs to study more that what his basic law degree offers by undergoing training in internet processes, and understanding technicalities of computers, communication devices and the internet space. There are many short-term online certification courses that range from 6 months to a year for people who want to be consultants or are existing lawyers. These courses are tightly-packed to give you the basic understanding of cyber laws.

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Institutes

India

INDIAN LAW INSTITUTE, Delhi

www.ili.ac.in

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

www.scdl.net

Asian School of Cyber Laws

www.asianlaws.org

International Forensic Sciences Education Department

www.ifs.edu.in

 

These courses range from Rs. 3,000 to Rs 10,000 for the entire course duration. If you are a lawyer, these kinds of courses will aid you in exploring cyber law. However, if you belong to a non-legal background, you may become a consultant or an adviser to a company.

Legal Education

As a cyber lawyer, there is great opportunity to support IT and to make the best of the opportunity, particularly because of the rise on technology and use of the internet. The field also needs new talent to make laws and execute them.

If you are interested in making a career as a Cyber Lawyer, you will need to be trained in specialized education related to the field.  To step into the legal arena as a Cyber Lawyer, the first step is to at least possess a Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Law. Furthermore, post the degree, you will have to successfully clear national-level exam to obtain the license to practice.

Law Schools in India

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru

        www.nls.ac.in/          

Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi

http://clc.du.ac.in/

National Law University, Delhi

www.nludelhi.in

ILS Law College, Pune

www.Ilslaw.wordpress.com

Amity Law School, Delhi

www.amity.edu

Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune

www.symlaw.ac.in

NALSAR University

www.nalsar.ac.in

Gujarat National Law University

www.gnlu.ac.in/

National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal

www.nliu.ac.in/

Government Law College, Mumbai 

http://glcmumbai.com/

 

The course fees for a law degree vary from college to college and therefore proper research into the course curriculum, affiliation and fee structure should be carried out before taking admissions.

Abroad

Harvard Law School, Us

www.hls.harvard.edu

Stanford Law School, US

https://law.stanford.edu/

Georgetown University, US

www.law.georgetown.edu

London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

www.lse.ac.uk

University of Southern California, US

www.usc.edu

University of New South Wales, Australia

www.unsw.com

University of Birmingham

www.birmingham.ac.uk

California University of Pennsylvania

www.calu.edu

 

Career 

As a Cyber Law expert/ or a Cyber lawyer, there are many opportunities that you can have apart from the legal firms and court-rooms – lawyer, legal advisor or assistant. You can also lend your talent to IT firms, police department, business houses, public and private organisations, education and many more. What are the job roles? The starting salary of a cyber lawyer can be around Rs.7.5 lakh-Rs.9 lakh per year.

 

Challenges

As cyber law is a new profession, there are bound to be several challenges.

- Constant updating of knowledge, devices and news

- Know-how of different technologies

- Lack of role-models

- Keep up with changing and upgraded laws

- Performance based work environment

The biggest challenge of a Cyber Lawyer is the immense hard work and patience that is required for the job. An eye for detail and an inherent understanding of technology are the important qualities that make a successful cyber laywer.

 

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