Inaugural Address by
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra,
Judge, Supreme Court of India
International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity,
November 17, 2016, New Delhi, India
Ms. Aruna Sundarajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, Mr. Suresh Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, Dr. Indrajit Banerjee, Director, UNESCO, Dr. Henning Wegener, World Federation of Scientists, Mr. Pavan Duggal, the organizer of the programme, Mr. V. Shekhar, ladies and gentlemen.
There was a time when a lawyer or an academician felt satisfied and realized a sense of some sort of completeness if he had acceptable acquaintance with constitutional, civil, revenue and penal laws of the country and something of the said streams of other democratic body policies. But today, the scenario has changed. It is a complex situation and in the obtaining atmosphere, the principle of survival of the fittest gets attracted. And to survive in the fields of law one has to be friendly with the various facets of Cyberlaw, Cybercrime, and Cybersecurity because they have become important elements in our lives. It is so as there is increasing the significance of cyberspace.
The Internet has gained the attention of a chief protagonist at the centre stage. Today, the internet is increasingly being used for a variety of legitimate well-intentioned activities When the good exists, the evil has to be around. That idea has provoked some to abuse the internet. The activities not only affect individuals but also diminish the value and utility of information. Instances of cyber crimes are on the rise and that is quite threatening.
With increasing mobile and internet penetration in the country, cyber crimes have also increased proportionately. Between 2011 and 2015, more than 32000 cyber crimes were reported across the country. More than 24000 of these cases are registered under the IT Act and the remaining under the various sections of IPC and other legislations.
The growth of registration of cases under the IT Act along with the offenses under other penal laws has become a menace to the society. The rate of offenses has grown by 350% from 2011 to 2015. There was almost 70% increase in the number of cyber crimes under the IT act between 2013 and 2014. The cases registered under the IPC increased by more than 7 times during the period between 2011 and 2015. The introduction of technologies, devices including smartphones and complex applications, and rise in usage of cyberspace for businesses has resulted in such an increase.
Ever since hackers have realized that cyber security is not absolute, they are targeting the breach of cyber security. It is not surprising, cyber security breaches are today becoming hawking headlines. Quite apart from that, the cyber security breaches are being reported in the public domain.
An average number of security incidents detected per respondent in the past one year has globally increased. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), organizations around the world suffered over 700 data breaches in 2015. The attacks have entered every sector. The internet fraud has left the classical fraud miles away.
In this constantly changing phenomenon, it is imperative that the discipline of Cyberlaw, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity assumes more significance for all the stakeholders. It is the obligation of the State to strengthen its cyber laws. Different countries have taken manifold steps to strengthen their cyber laws and efforts are being made to revisit the existing cyber legal frameworks for the purposes of adapting the day-to-day newly evolving realities.
Cyberlaw as a discipline has to have progress in continuum. That invites the attention of cyber security. When cyber security breaches have become more predominant, the core issue to fasten the liability is on those who are responsible for controlling the cyber security breaches. There has to be a rigorous principled approach to have secured internet space.
In this context, the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity is extremely relevant and a principal necessity. It assists for assuaging the plight of the present day. The Conference Director Mr. Pavan Duggal has already advocated the need for the idea of having in place an International Convention on Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity. The idea alone will not serve the purpose. It has to be transformed to a reality; for the said purpose exchange of thoughts and effective legal frameworks are absolutely essential. There is a need for international bondage which shall have the singular aim to preserve cyber security. The Governments and stakeholders need to be more flexible. There is also need for developing the requisite jurisprudential principles concerning Cyberlaw. A conference like the present one immensely contributes to the growth of Cyberlaw jurisprudence.
With each passing year, this conference is constantly addressing new challenges and potential solutions to deal with the same. This year, the conference is indeed very broad and it is aiming to deal with more than 45 subjects with eminent thinkers coming from various spheres. I fervently hope that the Conference would come up with certain definite and adequate solutions.
I wish the Conference all success. And my desire flows from the heart and emanates from the mind. I truly believe in the success of the Conference as I perceive the convinced sincerity in Mr. Duggal’s efforts.