Cyber security legal practice is in its infancy stage world over. There are many reasons for the slow espousal of cyber law and cyber security as a mainstream legal practice in various jurisdictions of the world.
I believe that there are many reasons that are forcing a slow growth of cyber security, digital forensics and other segments of cyber law. Stakeholders like business houses, lawyers, etc must play a more pro active role in this regard.
Businesses and information technology go hand in hand and businesses cannot afford to wait. Businesses need to evolve themselves. Same is equally true for the business attorneys / corporate law firms. A law firm advising its client on all legal aspects minus cyber law would not be protecting the commercial interest of its client completely, since for survival and success of every business today, proper understanding as well as implementation of IT is a must.
The proactive role of cyber law cannot be ignored. The principles of cyber law can equally be used by the lawyers to act proactively while developing new legal practices like cyber due diligence, IT audit, policy formulations etc. These are the requirements which must be followed by every business irrespective of level of immediate threat to them.
Last but not the least, the practice of looking at cyber law from individual’s perspective must end. Cyber security is not just about the precautionary measures of safe browsing or protecting / saving your children from the menace of online pornography or cyber bullying or identity theft. Even the government bodies and institutions need to take care of their cyber law and cyber security requirements. The impact of any cyber threat to them could even be more divesting than any other private player.
All these factors necessitate proper formulation of norms, guidelines and laws that can help in prevention of cyber crime and punishment of the same once they occur.
Source: ICTPS Blog.