7 steps to building an awesome career in cyber crime control

2014 was the most active year as far as cyber criminals are concerned.

The victims were some of the world's largest banks, retailers, online businesses, entertainment companies, telecom giants, insurance companies, hospitals, oil companies & aerospace companies.

And governments, municipalities, tax departments, police departments and super-secret agencies.

And countless cars, CCTV cameras & bitcoin wallets.

And the list goes on...

The massive hacks and cyber-attacks of 2014 have led to a huge increase in awareness about the impact of cyber crime.

Companies, law enforcement and individuals have begun to realise the urgent need for expertise in cyber crime investigation, computer forensics, cyber law and cyber security.

In such an environment it's not too difficult to build a super-awesome career in cyber crime control if you follow these 7 steps:

1. Create awesome content

  • Write great articles and submit them to popular websites, blogs, magazines and journals.
  • Develop interesting case studies and pose these challenges on public forums.
  • Also work on cutting edge research papers concerning latest advancements in cyber crime control.
  • Answer questions and raise discussions on platforms such as Quora, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.

2. Network like a champ

Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. Ultimately, it's not just what you know, it's also who you know that matters.

  • Join relevant industry organizations.
  • Learn to use Linkedin like a pro.

3. Attend conferences

Conferences are a great platform for learning from the gurus, information sharing and networking.

It's even better if you get a chance to speak at good conferences.

4. Help the local police

Volunteer with the local police and make sure you do a great job helping them crack cases and spreading awareness.

They may not give you any money, but it will be great for your branding and also open up possible avenues to work full-time with law enforcement agencies all over the country.

5. Spread awareness in schools and colleges

Volunteer to give cyber crime and security awareness lectures in schools and colleges. It will do a world of good for your reputation as an expert in the field.

6. Go social

  • Build and maintain an awesome profile on popular social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Maintain a blog and regularly post relevant news and articles.
  • Maintain and regularly update a personal website.

7. Spread the word about ASCL

You have worked really hard to get certified from Asian School of Cyber Laws. Your credibility will grow enormously when you assert yourself as part of an organization that is a global pioneer in the field of cyber law and cyber crime investigation. Ensure that the certification you receive from ASCL receives the appreciation it deserves.

Keep coming back to this post - we are going to regularly update it. Send in your comments and feedback to info@asianlaws.org

The death of section 66A of the IT Act.... does it change anything?

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act (IT Act) was much debated (and hated) primarily because it was seen as being against “freedom of speech” and also because it used “vague” words like grossly offensive, menacing character etc.

This section was not part of the original IT Act that came into force in 2000. It was added in 2009.

In the last few years, this section was used in many controversial cases including the April 2012 arrest of a Chemistry professor at Jadavpur University for forwarding a cartoon featuring the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

A month later, two Air India cabin crew members were arrested and jailed for 12 days for posting “derogatory” remarks against the Prime Minister’s Office, the national flag and the Supreme Court, while commenting on a strike by Air India pilots.

Later that year, two girls were arrested over a Facebook post questioning the shutdown in Mumbai for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray's funeral. This arrest led a nation-wide protest and prompted a law student to file a public interest litigation challenging the constitutional validity of section 66A.

On 9th January, 2013, the Central Government issued an advisory to the effect that an arrest under section 66A must be first approved by an officer of the rank of the Inspector General, Deputy Commissioner or Superintendent of Police.

On 24th March, 2015, the Supreme Court, in a 122 page judgement, struck down section 66A in its entirety for violating the fundamental right of speech and expression.

Before you bring out the champagne to celebrate the death of section 66A, have a quick peek at some of the other similar laws that are still alive and kicking.

Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been around for more than 150 years (since 1860 actually) and its wordings are more "vague" than 66A.

Section 505 of the IPC relates to "public mischief" and penalizes the making, publishing or circulation of statements, rumors or reports likely to cause "fear" or "alarm" to the public.

It also penalizes statements that are likely to incite, "any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community".

It also penalizes statements containing "rumor or alarming news which is likely to create or promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities".

The punishment - 3 years jail and / or fine. And it’s non-bailable and cognizable. This means that you can be arrested without a warrant and bail is NOT a matter of right. In comparison, the much maligned section 66A was bailable. This means that bail was a matter of right !

Section 506 of the IPC provides a punishment of 2 years jail and/or fine for criminal intimidation, which involves threatening to injure a person, his property or his reputation. If criminal intimidation involves imputing “unchastity” to a woman the punishment goes up to 7 years jail and/or fine. A facebook post calling a woman a prostitute or commenting upon her losing her virginity would be covered under this.

Section 507 of the IPC penalizes criminal intimidation by “anonymous communication” or a communication where the name or address of the communicator is concealed. The punishment under this section is 2 years jail.

A post from a facebook or e-mail account opened in a fictitious name would be covered by this. Other examples of anonymous communication include posts on a public forum without disclosing your identity, content on a website whose domain was booked using false identity, blogging and tweeting under fake names (Beware Alia Bhatt haters).

If the anonymous communication relates to imputing unchastity to a woman, the punishment would be 9 years and/or fine. This is because in such cases sections 506 and 507 of IPC would both apply.

Section 509 of IPC provides a punishment of 1 year jail and/or fine for insulting the modesty of a woman or intruding upon her privacy.

IPC also penalizes the offence of defamation, which basically means harming the reputation of a person, or lowering his moral or intellectual character or lowering his character in respect of his caste or profession (calling us lawyers as sharks could land you in prison) or causing it to be believed that his body is in a “lothsome” state. Calling someone “fat” or “ugly” or an “idiot” could land you in jail.

Many people do not know that even a dead person could be “defamed”, if the feelings of the dead person’s family or near relatives are hurt. By the way, it’s not just individuals who can be defamed - even companies, organizations, groups of people etc. can be defamed.

Even alternative, ironical or sarcastic statements may amount to defamation. (Be careful AIB). The punishment for defamation is 2 years jail and/or fine.

Section 124 A of the IPC penalizes the offence of sedition which relates to bringing into “hatred or contempt” the Government. It also includes attempts to “excite disaffection” towards the Government in India. The punishment for this – imprisonment for life!!

And unlike what’s usually shown in Hindi movies, life imprisonment is not 14 years jail, it’s imprisonment for life. The Government has an option to commute this to 14 years.

Section 295A of the IPC penalizes statements that insult religious beliefs. The punishment is jail upto 2 years and / or fine. In many such cases section 298 of the IPC may also apply. This section provides jail upto 1 year and / or fine.

I think that in the next few years many sections of the IPC will gain notoriety like 66A did. Maybe it's better if the Government reviews these sections before another public interest litigation is filed.


The Supreme Court judgement striking down section 66A in its entirety.

The 2013 advisory on section 66A

The dead section 66A

Empowering enforcement agencies to tackle cases involving digital evidence

Collaborative Online Investigation Network

Collaborative Online Investigation Network (COIN) is an interactive platform empowering the world's enforcement agencies to tackle cyber crime & other cases involving digital evidence.

COIN has been conceptualized by Asian School of Cyber Laws with inputs and encouragement from the Government of Maharashtra.

COIN has been conceptualized by Asian School of Cyber Laws with inputs and encouragement from the Government of Maharashtra. It was launched by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 27th July, 2015 at the c4 Conference on Cyber Crime Control, 2015 at Mumbai.

COIN being launched by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 27th July, 2015 at the c4 Conference on Cyber Crime Control, 2015 at Mumbai

COIN being launched by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 27th July, 2015 at the c4 Conference on Cyber Crime Control, 2015 at Mumbai

COIN is a privately owned platform that is offerred free of charge to law enforcement agencies in India. For other users we levy a subscription fee to meet the costs of sustaining and further developing COIN.

The marketing of COIN is handled by Lexcode Regulatory Compliance Technologies Pvt. Ltd. which is a company incubated by Science & Technology Park, promoted by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

COIN is envisaged to change the way cyber crime is dealt with in the future. Our endeavour is to make it the biggest platform globally and we actively invite participation from all stakeholders.

COIN is proudly made in India.

COIN is an interactive platform empowering the world's enforcement agencies to tackle cyber crime & other cases involving digital evidence.

COIN Features

A. Checklists & SOPs

  1. COIN Forensic Field Guides
  2. Counter Terrorism Checklists
  3. IT Act Compliance Checklists
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  4. COIN Section Finder
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  8. COIN Planet
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