Prashant Mali shares insights on career in cyber law
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Prashant Mali is a seasoned Cyber Law Expert with about a decade of rich experience in Software, Networking and IT Security.

In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Prashant Mali talks on career opportunities in cyber law and its bright prospect in the ever-growing information technology domain. In this interview, he speaks on key qualities, a Cyber Law professional must possess. He also shares tips for those aspirants who seek a break in this specialized domain of law.

The Cyber Law expert has recently been awarded as ‘Cyber Law and Cyber Security Lawyer of the Year: 2014’ on National Law Day at Delhi. He has also bagged Infosec Maestro ‘Special Achievement Award for Excellence in Cyber Law’.

 

Also read more for his expert insights on Cyber Law as a career and what motivated him to enter this domain a decade back.

Interview Excerpts

Careers360: What is the current prospect of Cyber Law as a specialized career in India?
Prashant Mali: Cyber Law as a specialized career is equivalent to building a career in the sunrise direction of the law field.Over a decade, it has steadilyemerged to have its own existence where a lawyer can survive only practicing in the field of Technology Law.

Careers360: What motivated you to begin a career in this specialized sector of law?
Prashant Mali: I had prior 9 years of working experience in the IT Industry which included Software, Networking, Security & IT Audit. When I saw that my prior experience with my "Masters in Computer Science” can help moving ahead in cyber law, I took this risk.

With my own analysis, self-conviction, perseverance and self-trust, made me what I am today. Now I feel that apart from Cyber Law next booming field in law domain could be ‘’ Medico-Legal’’.

Careers360: What key qualities one should possess for becoming a Cyber Law expert?
Prashant Mali: Your experience makes you expert. But I would like to suggest a common path –

Apart from having the academic degrees, including Graduation/Masters in Science/Engineering preferably in IT or Computer Science, Degree in LLB, LLM in (Cyber Law and Cyber Security/ IT and IPR/ Cyber Law) or MS in Cyber Law and Cyber Security, most importantlyyou should have a keen interest and understanding in the IT industry and a judicious mind.

Careers360: What challenges does Cyber Law expert encounter?
Prashant Mali: Challenges faced by cyber law professionals change with the time as and when the collective learning and awareness of the society increases. But, challenges of inexperience and unawareness about the subject in law, enforcement and judiciary act are the major crisis.

Careers360: What are the other related fields where a Cyber Law professional can practice, apart from being a cyber-lawyer?
Prashant Mali: Apart from practicing as a Cyber lawyer, professionals can also work in various other fields such as –

  • Trademark and Copyrights

  • Telecom

  • Financial Crimes

  • Arbitration

  • Bio-tech

  • Patent Agent

Careers360: What would you like to advice for those aspiring to become one among you?
Prashant Mali: Planning your career is very important.

Few skill are required to be a good lawyer such as  Good Personality, Excellent Communication Skills, Command over English and Legal Language, Studious Nature, Patience and Confidence.

 

Lawyer is a noble profession and cyber lawyer is a new breed which is the blend of Technology and Legal acumen. So,an academic qualification in Science and Technology and a degree in law makes you ready for the Techno-Legal challenges ahead.

Stay tuned to law.careers360.com for more news and feature articles on Cyber Law

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