Israel and India have made an agreement on July 15, 2020, to expand their co-operation in the field of Cybersecurity. This agreement comes as a significant move in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic which has pushed the Governments across the world to ramp up their initiatives of digitization and has also served as an opportunity for cybercriminals to attack unaware and uninformed public.
The agreement was signed in Israel between the Director-General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD), Yigal Unna, and India’s Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Singla.
The key points in the agreement are:
- The MoU has been signed between the INCD and Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, a unit under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- The agreement will enhance in-depth operational cooperation between two sides.
- It will also expand the scope of exchange of information on cyber threats to raise the level of protection in the field.
- Establishment of framework for dialogue.
- Cooperation in capacity building.
- Mutual exchange of best practices in Cybersecurity.
- Facilitating regular exchanges.
“Deepening cooperation with India is another important step in confronting global cyber threats. Israel can contribute from its experience and can benefit from the vast experience gained in India in dealing with cyber-attacks,” Mr. Unna said to the PTI after signing the agreement
The INCD press release stated, “India and Israel have been cooperating in the cyber field since January 2018, so a new agreement is another opportunity to reaffirm the mutual commitment between the two countries. Since the initial agreement, professional seminars have been held among industry and government officials and many reciprocal visits have taken place,”
In July 2017, when the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had visited Israel, Cybersecurity was identified as an important domain of co-operation. An agreement to the same was inked a year later, when the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu visited India.