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India and the United States sign MoU for cooperation in cyber security

India and the USA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Department of Homeland Security, for cooperation in the field of cyber security.

The MoU will promote closed cooperation and exchange of information regarding Cyber Security in accordance with the relevant laws, rules and regulations of both the countries. Both countries had signed a similar MoU back in 2011, and the current MoU will ensure the continuation of the partnership.

Note that in 2015, India and the US had also held a joint Cyber Dialogue in Washington, the fourth in the series, discussing issues related to cyber threats, cyber incident management, cybersecurity cooperation, combatting cybercrime, cybersecurity capacity-building, Internet governance and international security. Subsequently in July last year, the countries came together to setup the US-India Cyber Relationship Framework, establishing a bilateral commitment to an open, interoperable, secure and reliable cyberspace environment, and bilateral measures to combat cybercrime.

International MoUs for cyber security:

Other than the US, India also has an 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 British Government had also 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. Internally, the Indian Government plans to set up the ‘Indian Cyber Coordination Centre’ (I-4C), which will help in monitoring and capacity building against cyber crimes, as well as help law enforcement agencies in curbing these crimes.

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