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David Cameron Signs Off Cyber Security Deal With India

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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Joint task force one of a number of measures agreed on during Cameron’s trip to India

Prime Minister David Cameron has signed off on a cyber security deal with the Indian government, which will see the two nations initiate greater collaboration on protecting national infrastructure from hackers.

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Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, welcomed the move today, saying the two nations had increased their “engagement on cyber security”. “David Cameron and I have agreed that in keeping with our strategic relationship, it is important for our two sides to consult closely and remain sensitive to each other’s interests,” he said in a speech.

Cyber security partnership

Much of the collaboration will go into ensuring data belonging to citizens of the two nations remains safe when it travels between Britain and India, according to reports.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the deal will see a joint task force created to share information on threats, police training exchanges and pledges to bring together academia and industry from across the allies.

“The threat in terms of cyber security comes from all sorts of different places and organisations – a lot of it is criminal,” Cameron said.

“What the British have done is brought together a strategy to help protect key industries, key infrastructure and key capabilities in terms of cyber security and that’s work we want to share with others.”

The UK has signed up to a host of collaboration projects on cyber crime. Most notably, it will be a contributing member to the European Cyber Crime Centre, established last month in Brussels.

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