February 14, 2018

Quotes on Cyber Security By Pavan Duggal

  • Cybersecurity [Need for Cybersecurity Law]

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“There is a desperate need for strict cyber security laws in India. If we don’t act now, India very well could be prey to malicious cyber attacks in the future” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The Information Technology Act, 2000, amended in 2008, still does not comprehensively deal with all relevant issues in the cyber security ecosystem. India not being a signatory to any international treaty on cyber crime complicates the intrinsic ability of the immense law and legal frameworks to provide effective remedies against cyber crimes which are committed from abroad.” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“India still does not have a dedicated legislation on cyber security or bullying when it comes to social media platforms. The country, given its vision of becoming an IT super-power, needs to have a dedicated cyber security law on this at the earliest,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation`s top cyber law experts and a senior Supreme Court advocate, told IANS

The Information Technology Act, 2000, was amended in 2008. By virtue of the 2008 amendments, certain cosmetic changes concerning cyber security were made to the Information Technology Act, 2000.

“These amendments are not sufficient and adequate in today`s scenario. Further, the cyber security breach ecosystem ground realities are distinctly different in 2016 as compared to 2008. As such, there is a distinct need for India to beef up its legal frameworks on cyber security and cyber bullying,” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The Information Technology Act, 2000, being the sector-specific legislation, was amended in 2008. By virtue of the 2008 amendments, certain cosmetic amendments concerning cyber security were made under the Information Technology Act, 2000. The said amendments are not sufficient and adequate in today’s scenario,”

“Further, the ground realities for cyber security breach are distinctly different in 2016 as compared to 2008. As such, there is a distinct need for India to beef up its legal frameworks on cyber security when it comes to banking frauds” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The mandate of implementing cyber security comes through law, and not through advisory or guidelines. To begin with, the regulator must have teeth of law which ensures compliance or they face severe consequences.” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“India is not at all in a state of preparedness to take on the cyber criminals — thus, to say, it is not prepared for Digital India,”

“Without cyber security legislation, India will not be able to become the IT superpower as it aims to be,”

“The cyber security policy 2013 is merely a paper tiger. It has not been implemented.” Read More

  • Cybersecurity [Need for international convention on cyber law and cyber security]

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The other important point made by cyber security evangelist Pavan Duggal, at a recent event is that most countries have not given cybersecurity the kind of importance it deserves. The need of the hour is to have an international convention on cyber law and cyber security. At the same time attacks can happen any time; the idea is to build a cyber resilience or in other word, how quickly you can bounce back to normalcy.” Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Ransomware

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The IT Act needs to be strengthened as threats such as ransomware are not covered in it. Aadhaar details have been leaked, which is again a major security risk. So, the legal and policy frameworks need to be in place” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

 “What is visible on the surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Most ransomware attacks are unreported and India is no exception to that. Top information technology companies, banks and even government agencies in the country have witnessed such attacks in the past three years. But most attacks were local and isolated in nature. A mass attack like WannaCry is unprecedented.”

“India must urgently enact a cyber security law and amend the Information Technology Act to make cyber attacks criminal offences and clearly chalk out the roles and responsibilities, accountability and liabilities of internet service providers and intermediary agencies in case of such offences.” Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Indian Cyber Law

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“Pavan Duggal, India’s leading cyber law expert, lamented that Indian Cyber law does not have adequate provisions to deal with the growing cyber threats. He feels that the Information Technology Act, 2000, amended in 2008, still does not comprehensively deal with all relevant issues in the cyber security ecosystem. India not being a signatory to any international treaty on cyber crime complicates the intrinsic ability of the immense law and legal frameworks to provide effective remedies against cyber crimes which are committed from abroad.” Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

Cyber law expert and Supreme Court lawyer, Pavan Duggal says laws pertaining to cyber crime are caught in a historic time warp with cyber crime legal provisions introduced only in 2000s, and amended last in 2008. “India requires distinct dedicated cyber crime courts whose only job would be to deal with cyber crime matters for expeditious disposal of cases,”. He believes only a time-bound approach in addressing cyber crime issues will instil Indian consumers’ sentiment towards being protected against such crimes.

Duggal believes a majority of businesses are not sensitized on issues a consumer face when they are made targets of cyber criminal activity, and only proactive compliances mandated under law will compel businesses to adopt security measures. “We are thoroughly ill-aware and ill-equipped to understand the ramifications of cyber security breaches and India lacks the culture of cyber security.” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“Most servers are soft targets as they are not well-protected. Many a time, somebody from the conducting body reveals the time the question paper would be uploaded online, making it easier for the hackers to hack the computer,”

“The government has to invest crores to acquire the right technology. Also, we need to keep revisiting the latest cyber security protocols and make stringent laws punishing the criminals.” Read More

Pavan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert and Advocate Supreme Court, quoted as under:

“The IRCTC leak represents the biggest and largest reported personal data security breach in India. It is no ordinary matter but represents a massive attack on India’s critical information infrastructure, ultimately aimed at prejudicially impacting India’s cyber security and sovereignty.

“It has taken advantage of the fact that India does not have a dedicated data protection law in India and that the existing Indian cyber law takes such matters very lightly. This incident needs to be a wake-up call for all stakeholders to proactively work in ensuring compliance with applicable laws, cyber security regulations and international best practices.” Read More