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BIMSTEC countries decided to setup Cyber response force

Published on July 16, 2022
Current Context: BIMSTEC(Bay of Bengal Initiative For Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)meeting held in New Delhi, India offered to train experts from BIMSTEC countries to prevent and deal with cyber security breaches.
BIMSTEC countries decided to setup Cyber response force
  • BIMSTEC meeting was organized by National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and was chaired by National cyber security coordinator Lt General Rajesh Pant.
  • The plan includes setting up a Bimstec computer emergency response team (CERT) by 2025 to deal with “real-time” information sharing on cyberattacks.
  • 15 delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are working on the plan, to be finalized at the National Security Advisors meeting to be held in Myanmar.
  • The Computer Emergency Response Team(CERT) will be implemented within 5 years and will cover the exchange of information on cyber security, cybercrime, protection of critical information infrastructure, cyber incident response, and international developments related to cyber security norms.
  • The Delhi conclave follows up the meeting of national security chiefs of BIMSTEC that was held in Bangkok in 2019.
  • Static Knowledge:
    • BIMSTEC headquarters - Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • BIMSTEC was formed - on 6 June 1997
    • BIMSTEC chairmanship 2022-23 - Thailand


Q.1 Where was a meeting of the BIMSTEC expert group on cyber security cooperation held?
a. Bangkok
b. New Delhi
c. Jakarta
d. Kathmandu
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