U.S. asks allies to help cyber security efforts

Friday, 21 June 2002, 1:52 PM EST

A key focus of international cyber security efforts is India and its $8 billion dollar a year software development industry, U.S. officials said. Indian software developers use secure networks to transfer new software to customers in the United States and other countries. The U.S. electronic design automation industry, for example, relies heavily on Indian software companies.

The growing reliance on high-speed networks to transfer proprietary software has highlighted vulnerabilities that could disrupt the design business and others if the Indian networks were attacked. As a result, officials from the White House Office of Cyberspace Security have traveled to India at least twice this year to consult with the Indian government about improving network security.

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