Startups at India and Israel will benefit by Cyber Security Partnership

Governments and enterprises are committed to the protection and the integrity of their own proprietary information and the privacy of their citizens and customers; while the hackers are motivated to collect data for different reasons. The acts of data protection and privacy protection that these organization take, using authentication, cloud security, critical infrastructure security, endpoint protection, next generation firewalls, security automation and orchestration, encryption, data loss prevention, ransomware protection etc, make it vital part of whole cyber security industry. [also read – does #AI solve shortage of cyber professionals]

In NASSCOM’s 25th year celebration event, Honorable Prime Minister Modi mentioned that in his interactions with world leaders, he learnt that cybersecurity was a major cause of worry for most of them. Accordingly, NASSCOM has established the ‘Cyber Security Task Force’ to deliberate on the issues, and come up with recommendations not only to enhance cyber security in the country, but also to make India emerge as a leader in this space

Israel’s success in incubating the world’s most sought-after startups in cyber security is a phenomenon the Indian government is keen on replicating domestically. Start-Up Nation Finder is an online, free platform that collects & organizes comprehensive information on the Israeli innovation ecosystem. An Indo-Israel cyber partnership can be critical for India to meet its immediate goals in securing its cyber infrastructure and expanding opportunities for the country’s tech sector.

Netanyahu visit to India (14th Jan) with high-profile delegation of 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies drawn from areas such as agriculture, water, cyber-security, healthcare and security. In the coming months, India and Israel must cement their commitment in the joint statement and flag off the Indo-Israel collaboration on cyber security – which if operational can be a turning point for the two states, domestically and internationally. [also read – UK govt’s cyber security strategy]

Telangana is keen to have a partnership with Israel in cyber security and emulate its world-class robust architecture. An Israel-based security firm is planning to set up an academy to impart cyber security training in the Gujarat. Joint-product development is possibly the most vital area of cyber security-cooperation for the Indian and Israeli private sectors.

Indian cyber security corporations and start-ups are certainly gifted with an enormous market, great ideas, and skilled manpower; but have had limited success in creating innovative products. A true goldmine for innovative partnerships in Israel is embedded in the globally renowned “Start-Up Culture”. Indian cyber security entities must recognize, and capitalize, on opportunities to partner with Israeli counterparts to address India’s cyber security challenges.