Monday, September 26, 2011

Cyber Forensics Toolkit By PTLB For Police Force Of India

Cyber crimes investigation is a tedious task. Even more difficult is the extraction of digital evidence. The toughest of them all is the presentation of the acquired digital evidence in a manner that is admissible in a court of law.

Law enforcement agencies around the world are struggling to deal with the first challenge as mentioned above, i.e. cyber crimes investigation. It is only after knowing about cyber laws and cyber crimes that law enforcement agencies can move towards cyber crimes investigation.

Therefore, law enforcement agencies of India must undertake good techno legal cyber crimes investigation trainings. Further, law enforcement agencies of India must also develop cyber crimes investigation capabilities.

Once the cyber crimes investigation capabilities are developed by law enforcement agencies, the next step is to acquire digital evidence. Investigation of cyber crimes, use of digital evidence and lawful search and seizure of computers is very essential for law enforcement agencies.

Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) manages the exclusive techno legal digital evidencing and e-discovery centre of India. Further, PTLB also manages the exclusive techno legal cyber forensics research, education and training centre of India.

PTLB is also managing the exclusive techno legal cyber forensics repository in India. This cyber forensics repository carries the best available open source cyber forensics tools and software that can acquire accurate, reliable, valuable and admissible digital evidence.

The present technological environment requires the law enforcement agencies to be vigil and mobile. They cannot take all sorts of digital evidence to forensics labs. They have to do some sort of cyber forensics exercise on the site itself.

PTLB has developed a “cyber forensics toolkit” that comprises of basic level cyber forensics utilities, tools and software. With the help of this toolkit, law enforcement agencies of India can do the basic level cyber forensics exercise on the spot.

The toolkit is not a full fledged cyber forensics arsenal but a collection of small but effective software that can help law enforcement agencies of India to do basic level cyber forensics works. For full fledged cyber forensics analysis, they have still to use different tools than those provided in the basic level cyber forensics toolkit of PTLB.

PTLB is also developing a techno legal cyber forensics toolkit in India for law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, security agencies, corporate cyber forensics units, chief information officers (CIOs), first responders, etc. This toolkit would be released by PTLB after few months. We hope all the stakeholders would find these toolkits useful.

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