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Third Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, India

The Third Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in New Delhi brought together over 300 business, government and technical leaders from 22 countries.  The Summit, which was held 30-31 October 2012, was organized by the EastWest Institute in partnership with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Eurasia House director Vartan Sarkissian spoke at the summit on the issues of global governance and cybersecurity on a panel with Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder, Chertoff Group and Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Gulshan Rai, Director General, CERT India; Zhou Yonglin, Director, Internet Society of China; Greg Shannon, Chief Scientist, CERT; Program; and Erin Nealy Cox, Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg.

On the opening day, top cyber officials and experts from both the private and public sectors agreed that the rapid pace of technological change has triggered a corresponding leap in vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals. It has also raised fears about government intrusion that could threaten privacy and individual freedoms. Secretary Michael Chertoff pointed out how complicated many of these issues have become. “You cannot have privacy without security,” he said, while acknowledging the legitimate fears that some governments will attempt to control Internet content.

As the participants began work on specific issues such as protecting undersea cable infrastructure, cloud computing, priority international communications and payload security, Eurasia House President and EWI Vice-Chairman Armen Sarkissian: “In a short period of time, this summit process has proven itself effective.”Dr. Sarkissian chaired a number of keynote sessions and panels throughout the summit, along with Vijay Bhargava, President, IEEE Communications Society; Arbind Prasad, Director General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); and Som Mittal, President, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM).

The recommendations of the New Delhi summit will be pursued over the course of the next year, forming the basis for discussions at the 4thWorldwide Cybersecurity Summit that will be held in Silicon Valley in 2013.