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Finland, India boost cooperation in cyber security, space

12 Jan 2019, 01:06 ( 5 Months ago)

DF Report
State Secretary Matti Anttonen and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh. Photo Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Finland and India signed two Memorandums of Understanding on Thursday with the view to strengthen cooperation in the cyber security sector and peaceful use of outer space.

The Memorandums of Understanding were signed between State Secretary Matti Anttonen and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen visited India from January 8 to January 10.

The National Cyber Security Centre of the Transport and Communications Agency of Finland (TrafiCom) and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) are responsible for the document dealing with cyber security.

The Memorandum of Understanding is based on the parties' wish to engage in closer cooperation in cyber security matters. In networked societies, cyber threats faced by one sector usually affect also all other sectors.

The aim of the cooperation is both to improve exchange of information between the parties on various cyber threats and to improve their capacity to prevent and resolve different cyber security incidents. Finland is known for its very high expertise in cyber security matters.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are responsible for the Memorandum of Understanding on the space sector.

The cooperation is based on India's capacity to offer cost-effective launches of small satellites and Finnish organisations' growing interest in satellite systems of their own. So far, three Finnish satellites have been launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in India: Aalto-1 of the Aalto University in June 2017; Finland's first commercial satellite, Iceye Oy’s ICEYE-X1, in January 2018; and Reaktor Space Lab's Hello World satellite in late November 2018.