British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent three-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi- the first visit from an English premier in 20 years — is ripping across Asian subcontinent.
Accompanied by the largest entourage of British business officials ever to travel overseas with a prime minister, Cameron had a myriad of things on his agenda. Upon arrival, Cameron reached out to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee to express his desire to build a strong business relationship with the nation, claiming it to be the UK’s desired economic partner of choice for the future. According to BBC News, Cameron insists that “India is one of the great success stories of this century,” adding that he believes it will be a “top three [world] economy” by 2030.
Perhaps, but both countries are well aware that economic development will depend of their getting a better handle on the issue of cybercrime. This issue was high on the Cameron-Singh agenda. With technology booming, cybercrime and legitimate cybercrime threats are quickly increasing in both the United Kingdom and India. Just last year, India arrested 1,630 people on charges of cyber crime, more than double the 799 that were arrested on similar charges in 2010.
Furthermore, according to the Times of India, one of the country’s great newspapers, India had one of the worst cyber attacks globally last July, when hackers gained access to over 10,000 email addresses of top Indian officials in the Prime Minister’s office, the ministries of defense, external affairs, and home and finance.
Cybercrime may seem like a small issue, but figuring out an effective response could be a fundamental building block for both countries if they plan to have a globally influential and successful partnership.