The Road Less Taken

Cyber Law

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What am I going to do after I graduate in Computer Science and Engineering? As common this question is, so is the answer – become a software engineer! But is that all we can do? Certainly not! We have lots of options lined up after graduation. The most popular ones are MBA, IAS and more.

Why not become a cyber lawyer? With the drastic increase in the number of cyber-crimes committed in the country over the recent times, the field of cyber law in India is gaining immense popularity, as there is a huge demand for skillful cyber lawyers in India today.

At present, there are several unresolved cases and different types of cyber-crimes in India, the most popular ones being hacking into personal accounts and funds, the spread of virus, stalking and cyber wars, cyber terrorism, cyber credit card frauds and morphing.

Cyber law is an area of law which represents all the legal issues regarding the internet, and governs all the aspects of the internet and cyberspace, along with dealing in legal cases regarding software patents, net banking etc. Cyber lawyers conduct regular investigations on the major cyber-crimes that are prevalent across the internet. With the growing increase in cyber-crimes against individuals, organizations and the government via the internet today, there is a growing need for strict cyber laws in the society today.

For those interested in opting for a career in cyber law after B.Tech, there are various diplomas available. But just doing diploma in Cyber Law won’t allow you to practice as an advocate in the courts. You first need to have a LL.B degree and then you can specialize in Cyber laws.

Several premier law universities in India such as NALSAR, Hyderabad, Amity law school, Symbiosis society’s law college, Pune, Asian school of cyber law, Indian law institute, New Delhi and several other colleges offer post graduate and diploma courses in cyber-crime laws. Students who would want to get an insight into the actual work could do so by working as an intern, which would enable them to gather some valuable information and experience in the field of cyber laws.

Experts suggest that some of the skills required to become a good cyber lawyer are good observational, practical and analytical skills. Tech savvy and an in depth knowledge in computers and software are a must too. It is extremely important for a cyber-lawyer to be well read, and well updated with the current happenings in the field of technology and cyber crimes. The job profile of a cyber-lawyer is interesting as well as challenging, all thanks to the anonymous nature of the internet which makes the tracing of cyber criminals all the more difficult.

Coming to the pay scale, as a beginner, you could initially expect a remuneration of about Rs 15,000 - 20,000, although professional cyber lawyers have an average pay of Rs 50,000 and above with several other perks. Working with reputed law firms could get you a rewarding pay. The remuneration demanded by cyber lawyers vary with respect to one’s experience and skills.

As a cyber-lawyer, the career opportunities are tremendous and are definitely a lucrative career option. After a Masters in Cyber law, you could work as a cyber-consultant, research assistant, or advisor in some of the leading law firms, banks, and in corporate organizations. A diploma in cyber laws is considered an added advantage in the field of information technology. The requirement for professional cyber lawyers will continue to grow, as there will always be a need to tackle crimes on the internet.