India, Japan to cooperate in the field of cyber security


New Delhi : In view of the rising threats of cyber attack, the Indian government on Wednesday approved a proposal to sign an Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)  with Japan in the field of cybersecurity.

The proposal has been approved at the cabinet meeting held today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The MoC will enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest, which in­clude inter-alia, capacity building in the area of cyberspace; protection of critical infrastructure; cooperation in emerging technologies; sharing information on cybersecurity threats/incidents and malicious cyber activities, as well as best prac­tices to counter them; Developing joint mechanisms for practical cooperation to mitigate cyber threats to the security of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure etc.

The timing of the MoC assumes significant as both India and Japan are facing rising threats to their cybersecurity from several non-state and state-sponsored actors.

Both sides, through the MoC, affirm cooperation in the international arena including in the United Nations; Discussing and sharing strategies and best prac­tices to promote the integrity of the supply chain of ICT products; Strengthening the security of ICT infrastructure through Government-to-Government and Business-to-Business cooperation; Continuing dialogue and engagement in Internet governance fora, and to support active participation by all the stakeholders of the two countries in these fora.

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