ASEAN-India Summit Focuses On Cyber Security During Covid Pandemic
New Delhi: ASEAN-India Summit Focuses On Cyber Security During Covid Pandemic – A Dialogue focused upon cooperation and security within the digital and cyber domain on Cyber Issues held virtually the 2nd ASEAN-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on within the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the “digitization” and “cyberization” of engagements – work from Home has become a replacement norm. there’s a greater dependence on digital payment platforms thanks to reduced cash handling. Presence on social media has also increased.
It was discussed within the meeting that with increased interconnectedness, the risks associated with cybercrime are additionally on the increase. COVID-19 related frauds, phishing campaigns, and online sale of faux medical supplies and PPEs are on the increase too.
Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in External Affairs Ministry highlighted the risks involved in cybercrimes in these technologies have created both pressures and opportunities for creative policy solutions and regional collaboration.
Mr. Singh laid stress on the improved got to formulate and implement measures for securing cyber domain from the malicious actors and taken on the Indian initiative to tackle things with the new organized program – Pradhan Mantri Grameen Digital Shaksharta Abhiyan (Prime Minister’s Rural Digital Literacy Campaign) and National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 for subsequent five years.
As per ASEAN Economic Community 2025, and plan of ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC 2025) new solutions to curb the cyber crimes, e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, and India’s Centres of Excellence in Software Development, Myanmar and Vietnam to reinforce digital cooperation, with programs like Online Risks Awareness Campaign” and “Building Capacity on Digital Public Services Implementation and Cyber Security.
Akshay Mathur, Director Observer Research Foundation, attended the summit with Dato Suryodipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to IndiaVijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in External Affairs Ministry, think-tanks, academia, and eminent cyber experts representing governments, and industry from the ASEAN member states and India.
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