Taking on the murky world of cyber crime

  • Raghav Malhotra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2016 19:16 IST
Cyber crime fighters must have knowledge of computer systems and cyber crime techniques. (istock)

Cyber crime, in simple words, involves, among other things, hacking of sensitive information – morphing photographs, hacking of email-ID, obscene calls and stealing debit/credit card passwords.

As per the findings of an ASSOCHAM-Mahindra SSG study in 2015, every month nearly 12,456 cases of such crimes are registered in India. The only people who can save you from such criminals are the cyber crime fighters.

A cyber crime fighter’s basic job is to analyse computer system crimes, recover destroyed data, and offer victims legally by gathering evidence for presenting in the court.

Focus, dedication, good researching skills, good knowledge of computers, networking and technology are some of the basic skills required to be a cyber crime fighters. “Every cyber crime requires different techniques of investigation and is time consuming. From registering a case to suing the criminal we have to coordinate with various departments thus complicating the process of investigation,” says a senior Delhi Police officer.

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The most challenging job for a cyber crime fighter is to handle cases relating to debit/credit cards as these are quite time consuming and involve a lot of investigation. Cases related to social media are mostly registered with the cyber crime cell these days as these crimes are increasing day by day with the evolution of social networking sites and the increase in the number of users of these websites.

So, where can cyber crime experts work? As Mukesh Choudhary, a cyber crime expert at Cyber Crime Cell, Rajasthan says, “Cyber crime experts can assist law enforcement agencies in cyber crime cases. They can deliver training programmes to law enforcement officials and provide information security advisories at any place where a communication device is used. Cyber crime fighters also can work at financial institutes, police training academies, law enforcement training academies, government IT departments, law & chartered accountancy firms etc.” Cyber crime investigators are also required by police, audit firms, banks, and enforcement and military agencies.

“I think curiosity is the key to be expert in cyber crime investigation. One must invest more and more time on computer systems and start framing questions like – Why? How? What if? Seeking answers to this will sharpen all skills required by an expert. The angle of investigation is kept wide thus to think from the criminals’ point of view,” says Choudhary.

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Every aspiring cyber crime must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering with focus on cyber security, digital forensics or a related field.

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