Industry, governments must cooperate with growing threat of cyber-terrorism, conference told
By Ramola Talwar Badam
Date: February 09, 2004
BOMBAY, India -- International cooperation is needed to safeguard computer systems from terrorist infiltration, industry officials told a global technology conference in India Wednesday.
"The threats to security systems will increase and this is not just a problem for countries but for businesses too," said Rajiv Kaul, managing director of Microsoft India.
"We need to drive a closer partnership between governments and industry to build security systems that are foolproof," he said.
Some 900 delegates from India, Taiwan, Mauritius, the United States, Canada and Britain are participating in the conference in Bombay, focusing on cyber-terrorism and the impact of the high-tech industry on the global economy.
"The United States needs to internationalize its efforts to develop homeland security systems," said James Carafano, a security expert with the Washington-based think tank Heritage Foundation.
Carafano said the sharing of information among allies would better prepare nations to deal with the threat of transnational terrorism.
The Indian software industry will hold meetings this year with India's Ministry of Information Technology and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Kiran Karnik, president of India's National Association of Software and Service Companies.
Last month, 40 U.S. and Indian experts met in the western Indian state of Goa to discuss ways to use science and technology to fight terrorism.
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