India and Estonia have agreed to explore the possibility of setting up a dialogue on cyber security and explore new and emerging areas of cooperation such as health tech, startups, research, education and innovation during the 11th round of Foreign Office Consultations.
This was held in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. The talks were led by Reenat Sandhu, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from the Indian side. From Estonia, the delegation was led by Rein Tammsaar, Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the Minostry of Foreign Affairs.
The consultations are being held at a time when India and Estonia re commemorating three decades of diplomatic relations. “The two sides noted with satisfaction the positive trajectory of our partnership in a number of areas. They discussed ongoing and future co-operation in the fields of cyber security and digitalisation, data protection and e-governance. They agreed to explore the possibility of setting up a dialogue on cyber security.
Governments across the world are looking at collaborating to tackle the cyber menace, which seems to have dramatically increased in 2021. Recently, the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Energy (DOE) have lent their support to the Japan–U.S. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Week which was held from October 25-29, 2021.
Hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Industrial Cyber Security Center of Excellence (ICSCoE) under the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), the training brought together 40 operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals from the Indo-Pacific region.