British cyber security companies are heading to India next week as they pitch their services to the country and try to head off “dynamic threats” from computers hackers.
The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is leading a visit of eight firms to Mumbai and New Delhi from Sunday (11) in what is Britain’s first-ever cyber security trade mission to India.
It takes place in the lead up to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK next month.
In 2014, the UK exported goods and services worth £92 million to India, making it the third largest exporter to the country.
The head of UKTI’s Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) Stephen Phipson said in London on Monday (5) India was an important market for Britain.
“We have a very strong and growing cyber security industry. India is important to us. It is a fantastic market and a wonderful base for cyber security.
“We have been very successful over the last couple of years in exporting our capability and talking to other governments,” he said.
The five-day mission is aimed at further boosting exports and includes meetings with representatives of the Indian Banking Association, Bombay Stock Exchange and Mumbai Police Cyber Cell, among others, during the Mumbai leg of the mission.
In Delhi, the group will participate in the CyFy Conference: The Indian Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance at Taj Mahal Hotel.
They will also meet Gulshan Rai, India’s first cyber security chief appointed by Modi earlier this year.
Annu Khurmi from Templar Executives, one of the UK-based cyber security firms participating in the mission, said: “There are commercial opportunities like the Make In India and ebiz platform of Digital India. We hope to make good impact with this visit.”
“This is a dynamic threat, which has no defined boundaries. India has woken up to that. The Indian government’s focus on training 500,000 cyber specialists is right in our sweet spot, in terms of our capability and experience and we look forward to sharing that,” added Khurmi, whose firm also runs a Cyber Academy offering cyber security training.
Mandeep Obhrai, CEO of IACs, a cyber security consultancy firm whose key customers include the British supreme court and the ministry of justice, said: “We believe that we can bring significant skills to an already established market.
“I have relationships with many Indian counterparts in the sector and local knowledge. One of the challenges they are seeing is bringing in government related cyber security.
“That’s one thing they are trying to strengthen and sometimes it’s best to bring the expertise from the outside, so it’s a great opportunity for us.”
Among the other participating companies from Britain include BAE Systems, whose Applied Intelligence division is a leading supplier of cyber security products and services, KPMG, British Telecom, Cloud Buy, Dark Trace and Ultra Electronics.