India’s SCO Seminar Focuses On Securing Cyberspace From Terrorism, Separatism & Extremism


New Delhi: India December 10 hosted a two-day seminar on “Securing Cyberspace in the Contemporary Threat Environment” for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries in conjunction  with Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of SCO (RATS SCO), which is meant to assist the member states in fighting terrorism.

The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Government of India in association with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), organised the Practical Seminar from December seven, said a MEA release.

The India initiative is an effort to enhance the collaboration among RATS SCO member states in a bid to counter the misuse of the internet by terrorists, separatists and extremists.

According to the release, the seminar addressed key areas like policies and strategies, cyber terrorism, ransomware, and digital forensics amongst others. It focused on the changing nature of online crime and criminal behaviour in order to understand threats, trends, issues, responses and ethical questions associated with, mainly terrorists using technology.

The  seminar examined issues related to the cyber-realm from an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional perspective, offering a “unique look” at a range of challenges. The Member States even discussed in detail the technical challenges faced during the Digital Forensics examination. It is to mention that the representatives from the Executive Committee (EC) of RATS SCO and all eight SCO member countries – China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – attended the seminar, the release said.