The U.S. government recently turned to a key ally in an effort to improve data security around the globe.
Signed by the secretary of India's Department of Information Technology, R. Chandrashekhar, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary Jane Holl Lute, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) will have the two sides working together on a number of cybersecurity initiatives.
The pact was signed during the second U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and India's External Affairs Ministry.
"Our two nations' governments, businesses and consumers are faced with an increasing variety of cyber threats, and there is a need to further improve computer security readiness," the U.S. State Department announced.
The new agreement reaffirms the efforts that were outlined during the inaugural U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, which was held in 2009.
"This MOU will improve understanding and exchanges between our countries on the issue of cyber-security and protecting critical national infrastructure from cyber-attacks," the State Department continued.
Specifically, according to the Economic Times, the agreement will strive to draft a set of best practices for the exchange of cybersecurity information between the nations. Government agencies involved will include the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, India's Department of Information Technology, India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
Other areas covered by the pact include counterterrorism, maritime security and defense cooperation.
Last fall, the U.S. government joined the European Union and the NATO in an agreement for cybersecurity. The U.S. and EU, specifically, announced a work group that will research cybersecurity on the commercial side, as well as threats against general web users. The organization is expected to present its findings this coming fall.