India, UK commit to open, peaceful cyberspace partnership for vision 2030
New Delhi, ANI — India and the United Kingdom on Friday reiterated commitment to a partnership for vision 2030 for an open, accessible and peaceful cyberspace that will bring a more secure Indo-Pacific.
“Through cyberspace there is a digital living bridge that allows our citizens, students and businesses to interact and promote our shared prosperity. As we take advantage of the new opportunities this creates, we must also protect ourselves against evolving threats,” said the India-UK joint statement after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In May 2021, PM Modi and PM Johnson agreed to an Enhanced Cyber Security Partnership. Today, Indiaand the United Kingdom outline their commitment to a joint programme of cooperation to deliver this partnership, focused on cyber governance, deterrence, resilience and capacity building.
According to the joint statement, the rules-based international order must be upheld online, just as it is offline.
India and the United Kingdom expressed concern by the increased willingness of states and their proxies to undertake malicious cyber activities contrary to identified norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. “We will deepen co-ordination on mitigation strategies against Advanced Persistent Threats as well as cooperation on tackling cybercrime.”
India and the United Kingdom recognised the vital role of voluntary and non-binding norms of responsible state behaviour in reducing risks to international peace, security and stability as reaffirmed by the 2021 reports of the UN Sixth Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security’ and ‘Open Ended Working Group on Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security’.
“We draw attention to the norms prohibiting the use of cyber tools to intentionally damage or impair critical infrastructure and the obligation of states to respond to appropriate requests to mitigate malicious ICT activity aimed at the critical infrastructure of another state emanating from their territory,” the statement read.
Both countries vowed to work to elaborate under the UN framework a comprehensive international convention on countering the use by criminals of ICTs to increase international cooperation on preventing, deterring, mitigating, investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes, ensuring speedy justice for the victims of cybercrime and taking into account the need for appropriate safeguards including data protection.
“India and the United Kingdom are working in close cooperation under the International Counter Ransomware Initiative,” the MEA statement read.
India and the United Kingdom said that they will work in partnership to increase their mutual cyber resilience, taking a holistic and whole-of-society approach.
“We will complete joint work to identify shared vulnerabilities, and promote effective public-private partnerships, with a view to ensuring decisions on systems design and deployment take into account public safety protections and increasing the awareness and ability of the public and infrastructure owners, to increase resilience against malicious cyber activity,” they said.
Both countries said they will continue to work closely with industry and through international standards organisations to ensure Internet of Things connectable devices are secure by design. We will support efforts to increase the availability and diversity of cyber skills in our workforce and promote people-to-people and educational links to enhance awareness in the domain of cyberspace.
They also recognised that governments cannot meet the challenges of the digital age alone and the private sector plays an important role as developers and implementers of new technologies, and in relation to data management.
“We will work in collaboration with industry to deliver shared responsibilities to improve online safety and protect users online, working together with multi-stakeholders. We will continue to collaborate closely with digital service providers, social media and telecommunications companies, encouraging cooperation to embed safety in the services they offer while ensuring the protection of user privacy and their cooperation with the relevant government entities especially with the onset of 5G and 6G technologies,” it added. ( Agencies )