The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team under the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team to promote cooperation and exchange cyber security information including info on cyber attacks, research collaboration in smart technologies, cyber security policies and best practices. The government also signed a similar MoU with the Malaysian Government on cyber security earlier this week. (h/t: Kabir Taneja)
It has also signed another MoU between the Airports Authority of India and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise in a number of “mutually agreed areas” of civil aviation services and airport management at Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports.
National Cyber Security Policy: In July 2013, the government had unveiled a National Cyber Security Policy to protect public and private infrastructures from cyber attacks, safeguard private, financial, banking and sovereign information of users and the government. This came after leaks of the US’ National Security Agency stated that US government agencies found it easy to spy on Indian users without technical or legal safeguards against it.
India-UK joint statement: Last month, the British Government sent a cyber security delegation to India, which included people from the UK Trade and Industry’s Defence and Security Organisation, private, large and small companies, to share information on cyber security. Earlier this month, the Indian government issued a joint statement with the UK government which said that the two countries would work together to disrupt financial and tactical support for terrorist networks including the ISIS, Al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba.
India-US cyber dialogue: Earlier in August, the United States and India held a joint Cyber Dialogue in Washington, where it discussed cyber issues related to cyber threats, cyber incident management, cybersecurity cooperation, combatting cybercrime, cybersecurity capacity-building, Internet governance and international security. The agencies claimed that they would commit to follow up activities to improve the cybersecurity partnership and achieve concrete results.
SEBI asks for a framework against cyber attacks: In July, Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) asked stock exchanges and other key entities to put necessary framework to safeguard systems, networks and databases from cyber attacks in place.