India and Australia on Thursday agreed to broad-base cooperation within the spheres of the digital economic system and cyber-enabled essential applied sciences, noting the necessity to strengthen the safety of essential info infrastructure akin to 5G telecom networks.
The two sides mentioned a spread of points referring to rising applied sciences within the cyber area on the first assembly of the India-Australia Joint Working Group (JWG) on cyber safety cooperation, in line with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The JWG is a mechanism established beneath a framework association on the cyber and cyber-enabled essential know-how cooperation between the 2 international locations to implement a five-year (2020-25) plan of motion.
“Noting the need to strengthen security of critical information infrastructure as well as 5G technology and IoT (internet of things) devices, India and Australia agreed to enhance cooperation with private sector and academia and to work together in skill and knowledge development,” the MEA stated in a press release.
It stated each side additionally agreed to strengthen cooperation within the multilateral fora. There have been rising world safety issues referring to Chinese telecom large Huawei’s 5G networks. Several international locations have already banned Huawei, the world chief in telecom tools, over such issues.
The digital assembly of the JWG came about a yr after the 2 international locations elevated their ties to a complete strategic partnership throughout a web based summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
The MEA stated each side reaffirmed their dedication to work collectively within the areas of the digital economic system, cyber safety and demanding and rising applied sciences as recognized by the framework association on cyber and cyber-enabled essential know-how cooperation.
“India and Australia shared cyber security threat assessments as well as information on legislation and national cyber strategies,” it stated.
The MEA stated each side stay up for the following bilateral cyber coverage dialogue and an early convening of the inaugural JWG assembly on info and communication applied sciences.
The Indian delegation on the assembly was led by Paulomi Tripathi, Director (Oceania) within the MEA, whereas the Australian facet was headed by Rachel James, Special Advisor, Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.