India sign cyber security pact with Malaysia

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak and India PM Narendra Modi
India and Malyaysia signed three agreements on cyber security and infrastructure development on Monday, the third day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to this southeast Asian nation.

The cyber security agreement was signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-IN) and Cyber Security, Malaysia. The infrastructure development agreement was signed between India’s NITI Aayog and Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).

“Our agreement to cooperate in cyber security is very important. As our lives get more networked, this is emerging as one of the most serious concerns of our age. Our trade and investment relations can be scaled up significantly. We intend to exploit the full potential of our bilateral agreements and the India-ASEAN agreements,” said Modi in a statement.

The cyber security agreement seeks to promote closer cooperation and the exchange of information pertaining to cyber security incident management, technology cooperation, cyber attacks, prevalent policies and best practices and mutual response to cyber security incidents.

The agreement on infrastructure development is aimed at strengthening, promoting and developing cooperation in the areas of performance management, monitoring related to government programmes to enhance public service delivery, improve efficiency of implementation methods and procedure and develop templates and tools to monitor performance of government programmes.

The agreements were signed following delegation-level talks between the two sides headed by Modi and Malaysian Premier Najib Razak.

Earlier on Monday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome and a guard of honour at Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia, where he was greeted with a hug by Razak.

The Indian prime minister attended the 13th Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-India Summit on Saturday and the 10th East Asia Summit on Sunday.

Modi will leave for Singapore later on Monday on the second and last leg of his southeast Asian tour.