Friday, June 10, 2011

EU Sets Up Team Of Cyber Crimes Fighters

European Union has been taking cyber crimes very seriously. EU has recently proposed to enhance the minimum punishment for serious cyber crimes to five years and for non serious crimes to two years.

EU is also aware that besides a stringent law, it must also develop capabilities to fight cyber crimes. This is the reason why EU has set up a team of cyber crimes fighters to tackle growing cyber crimes in Europe.

Cyber attacks in Europe are increasing and recently 30 million euros' worth of carbon credits stolen by one such attack. The 10-strong team of IT security experts will guard against repeats of attacks on sensitive information, for example on the eurozone debt crisis, such as occurred on the eve of the last summit of national leaders in March.

Cyber-attacks are a very real and ever-increasing threat that can paralyse key infrastructure and cause huge long-term damage," said European Union digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes.

India on the other hand is soft upon cyber criminals. The information technology act 2000 of India, which is the sole cyber law of India, is not stringent and strong enough. After the information technology amendment act 2008, almost all the cyber crimes have been made bailable.

This has taken the sting and deterrent out of the cyber law of India. Some experts even have suggested repeal of the same and enactment of strong cyber law for India. Even on the front of policy India is not performing well. We have no cyber security policy in India and even the cyber crisis management policy of India is missing.

We urgently need to ensure strong and robust legal enablement of ICT systems in India. This enablement must include enablement of cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc. Like developed countries, India must also make its cyberspace safe and secure.

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