Last week, the United States and India held a joint Cyber Dialogue in Washington, the fourth in the series, led by the U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta. Other participants in the dialogue included the Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and the Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for Policy Planning, Counter Terrorism, and Global Cyber Issues Santosh Jha.

The delegation discussed cyber issues related to cyber threats, cyber incident management, cybersecurity cooperation, combatting cybercrime, cybersecurity capacity-building, Internet governance and international security. The agencies claim that they will commit to follow up activities to improve the cybersecurity partnership and achieve concrete results. Other than this, the delegates also met with representatives from the private sector to discuss issues related to the digital economy and cybersecurity. The next round of Cyber Dialogue will be held in New Delhi next year.

The Whitehouse website currently lists a fact sheet on cybersecurity cooperation with India (pdf), that outlines the initiatives undertaken:

– A joint study of the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Indian Department of Information Technology

– The US-India Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Dialogue, which focused on increasing economic growth, trade, and investment in the ICT sector; and the US-India Trade Policy Forum, which seeks to enhance trade in ICT services and goods while also addressing related cybersecurity issues.

– A few top technology-sector executives and US government officials visited India in September to discuss economic innovation and looked forward to the upcoming visit of an Indian Technology Delegation to the United States.

– The International Observer Program of the US Cyber Storm III national cyber incident response exercise included representatives from CERT-India. Indian and US experts also collaborated to develop recommendations for norms of behaviour in cyberspace.

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