The White House has released a statement following a two-day cybersecurity conference last week in Washington. The statement explains that the US and India have agreed to collaborate on ‘robust’ efforts to combat the common threats that cybercrime creates for the two nations.
The US/India cyber dialogue was the fourth of its kind and was led by U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Michael Daniel. In what was billed as ‘whole-of-government’ participation, the conference was also attended by US government officials from the Department of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and Commerce.
Representatives from India included the nation’s Deputy National Security Adviser, Arvind Gupta, and officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
During the conference, the two nations discussed various issues including ‘cyber threats, enhanced cybersecurity information sharing, cyber incident management, cybersecurity cooperation’ and ‘efforts to combat cyber crime, Internet governance issues, and norms of state behavior in cyberspace.’ It is hoped that the agreements made by the two delegations will help to bolster future mutual research and development methods for combating cyber crime.
In addition to state officials, various private sector representatives also attended the conference to speak about issues including the promotion of good business within the digital economy. The statement from the White House shows that senior business leaders from both nations agreed with government representatives on important cyber challenges. This includes agreements about the shared and growing threat from known international players such as Russia and China. From the statement,
‘In addition to the formal Dialogue, the delegations met with representatives from the private sector to discuss issues related to cyber security and the digital economy. The Indian delegation also met with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco.’
The statement also says that India and the US will, as part of the agreement, ‘pursue an array of follow-on activities to bolster their cyber security partnership and achieve concrete outcomes.’
Commenting on the success of the conference, Michael Daniel said that he was encouraged by India’s support for the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance, further commenting that,
‘Cybersecurity is fundamentally a team endeavor, and it is essential that international partners like India and the US work together closely, along with industry and civil society, to raise our cyber defenses in both the short and long term, to disrupt and interrupt malicious actors in cyberspace, and to improve our ability to respond to and recover from cyber threats.’
India and the US have agreed to hold the next round of the cyber dialogue in Delhi, next year.