UK to work with India on cyber security projects

UK to work with India on cyber security projects

The UK will help India to set up cyber security centres, it has been revealed.

This was announced following the first official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK.

During the visit, prime minister David Cameron agreed that the UK will help India to set up a new Indian cyber-crime unit, in addition to creating a new training centre.

The two countries will collaborate in order to strengthen security, work together on cyber projects and exchange counter-terrorism best practices.

Modi is the first Indian head of government to pay an official visit to the UK in nearly ten years.

At a press conference, David Cameron announced that during the visit British and Indian companies formed new collaborations worth a total of more than £9 billion.

This new partnership includes more than 20 deals and collaborations, including a £1.3 billion investment by Vodafone.

Official figures showed that India’s IT market is expanding rapidly, with Gartner estimating earlier this month that the country’s data centre market is set to be worth $2 billion (£1.3 billion) by 2016.

The development is not the first time the two countries have worked together on a cyber security project.

Earlier this year, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and India’s Department of Science and Technology will bring together top researchers to discuss cyber security tactics.

The four-day workshop was jointly organised by RCUK India, the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D), and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

Speaking about the project, Dr Helen Bailey, deputy director of RCUK India, said: “We need a clearer understanding of our current and future vulnerabilities and the inadequacies of current approaches, along with innovative solutions to tackle the important challenges.”

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