Washington, Aug 13: Senior officials from India and the US have met here to develop a common response towards addressing the evolving cyber challenges and discuss ways to enhance co-operation in this field to reduce cyber threats. Also Read - Australia Fears Cyber Attack From China, to Allocate A$ 1.35 Billion For Data Privacy

“Cyber security is fundamentally a team endeavour, 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,” Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, said. Also Read - India Bans 59 Chinese Apps: Don't Worry, Here Are Some Alternative Apps You Can Try

Daniel said he is especially encouraged by India’s recent statements of support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Also Read - Chinese Apps Banned: What Will Happen to Installed Apps Now? Alternatives? FAQs Answered

The US, he said, looks forward to a collaborative partnership with Indian colleagues and partners from industry and civil society to ensure that the Internet continues to be an open, interoperable, global platform that enables international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation.

“We are hopeful that the governments and industries from both the countries can work together to chart the way forward for a successful US-India partnership in responding to the evolving cyber challenges,” said Arvind Gupta, the Deputy National Security Advisor.

Industry leaders from the United States submitted policy recommendations to the two governments, emphasising the need to protect cross border data flow, facilitate remote access, provide for strong encryption standards, and reduce cybersecurity threats through targeted public-private partnerships.

“Information and communications technologies and services (ICT) enable innovations that provide economic, social, and cultural benefits to citizens, businesses, and governments around the world,” said Angela McKay, director, Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy for Microsoft.

“Those same players must also collaborate to enhance cybersecurity, and Microsoft supports the commitment that the US and Indian Governments have made to work together on this priority,” he said.

The government’s programmes to promote cybersecurity and assure national security are closely tied to the systems and infrastructure which business operates, said Joe Alhadeff, chair of the Council’s Digital Economy Committee.

“Consultation with business as early in the process as possible can help assure that such programs are implemented effectively while avoiding needless burdens or unintended consequences to innovation and business operations. Such collaboration is essential to fulfilling the Prime Minister’s ambitious programs for India’s continued economic growth and societal inclusion,” he said. By Lalit K Jha