India & Japan inks pact to strengthen cybersecurity

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India & Japan inks pact to strengthen cybersecurity

To strengthen the security of cyberspace, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given a nod for signing a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan. The MoC will enhance mutual interests including 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.

With the inking of the pact, India and Japan commit to an open, interoperable, free, fair, secure and reli­able cyberspace environment. Also, both the countries commit to promoting the Internet as an engine of innova­tion, economic growth, and trade and commerce that would be consistent with their respective domestic laws and international obligations, and with their wide-ranging strategic partnership.

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India and Japan, through the MoC, affirm cooperation in the international arena including in the United Nations. The partner countries pacts to discuss and share 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 and continuing dialogue and engagement in Internet governance fora is another aspect of the pact. Finally, it also supports active participation by all the stakeholders of the two countries in these fora.

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