Wednesday, May 18, 2011

India-US Homeland Security Dialogue

India and United States (US) have in the past worked in the direction of homeland security. In fact a cyber security forum was started between India and US that faced some troubles and it became obsolete. Now talks are in progress to revive Indo US homeland security dialogue once more.

A special emphasis has been laid upon counter-terrorism co-operation, intelligence sharing, technology transfers and capacity building. Homeland security in India is at the infancy stage. Issues like cyber law, cyber security, cyber espionage, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, etc are still not considered while formulation national policies of India.

At Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we are managing the exclusive techno legal cyber security research and training centre of India (CSRTCI). The centre is covering areas like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, critical ICT infrastructure protection, cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, national counter terrorism centre (NCTC), national intelligence grid (Natgrid) of India, crime and criminal tracking networks and systems (CCTNS), etc.

CSRTCI is supported by Cyberspace Human Rights Protection Centre of India that is working in the direction of reconciling the conflicting interests of national security and civil liberties protection.

The proposed Indo US homeland security dialogue must address many crucial issues ranging from cyber law to cyber security. Issues like encryption, technology transfer, international cooperation to fight cyber crimes and terrorism, etc must also be a part of national policies of both US and India.

PTLB believes that besides addressing these issues the proposed India US dialogue must also concentrate upon mutual trainings and skills development issues in the abovementioned fields. India particularly needs skill development trainings for intelligence gathering and their analysis. In all probability, this would be a fruitful and productive dialogue between India and US.

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