India and Malaysia on Monday signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cyber security. The new development emerges in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak to bolster cyber security between the two nations.
Signed between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and Cyber Security Malaysia, the agreement enables authorities to promote cooperation and exchange information related to cyber security incident management, technology cooperation, cyber attacks and prevalent policies. “Our agreement to cooperate in cyber security is very important. As our lives get more networked, this is emerging as one of the most serious concerns of our age,” Modi said in a joint media briefing after meeting Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
Both the leaders were also agreed to expand Indian IT firms in Malaysia, especially those located in Cyberjaya, and gave their consent to “to continue promote greater engagement” of Indian IT companies across the Malaysian geography. This would uplift Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative that already influenced many tech companies in India.
The new deal will enable both the countries to reduce incidents of cyber crimes and will help strengthening cyber security by combining Indian and Malaysian resources. Moreover, this would empower the countries to fight against newly emerged ‘Cyber Terrorism’ by exchanging relevant information at the time of an emergency. Both the countries have also signed MoUs on cultural exchange programme and infrastructure development.
The deal was signed days after the NDA-led government had started the development of ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I-4C)’ to monitor and help various law enforcement agencies in curtailing cyber crimes in the country. At the Information Security Conference: Ground Zero Summit 2015 earlier this month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the cases related to cyber crime have increased by 70 percent in the year 2014 as compared to the year 2013. This has perhaps brought the need for the new agreement with the Malaysian government.