India and Japan have resolved to strengthen their cooperation in the field of cyberspace, and reaffirmed their commitment to an open, secure and accessible cyberspace, enabling economic growth and innovation, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The Second Japan-India Cyber Dialogue, held on August 17, saw discussions on domestic cyber policy landscape, cyber threats, and mitigation, the mechanism on bilateral cooperation and possible cooperation at various international and regional forums. Also Read - Instagram critical bug fixed by Facebook, could allow hackers to turn your phone into a spying toolAlso Read - Truecaller data of 47 million Indians breached, company denies
Both sides attested that existing international law is generally applicable in cyberspace. At the same time no country should conduct or support ICT (Information Communication Technology)-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to its companies or commercial sectors, a statement by the ministry said.
The Japanese delegation was led by Masato Otaka, the envoy in charge of Cyber Policy and Deputy Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. It was also attended by representatives from Japans National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cyber security, CabinetIntelligence and Research Office, National Police Agency and Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (JPCERT/CC). ALSO READ: India ranks 23rd among 165 nations in cyber security index
The Indian delegation was led by Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary in the MEA, and comprised representatives from the ministries of electronics and information technology and home affairs, National Security Council Secretariat, CBI, NIA, Department of Telecommunication, and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre. The Indian side also made a presentation on the 5th Global Conference on Cyberspace to be held in New Delhi on November 23-24, 2017.
Both sides agreed to hold the next Japan-India Cyber dialogue in Tokyo in 2018.