"When Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi visited the U.S. in September 2014, we agreed to develop closer cybersecurity cooperation and to reinitiate our whole-of-government Cyber Consultations, which we look forward to pursuing this summer," he said during a Congressional hearing. Painter said the U.S. sees new opportunities for engagement and growth. "India is pursuing an exciting 'Digital India' agenda and is making progress on developing its cybersecurity capabilities," he said.
"Its dynamic civil society, private industry, and technology sectors are increasingly playing leadership roles in cyber policy issues, such as Internet governance," he said.
Painter said the U.S. is also seeing leadership on cyber issues elsewhere in the region for instance, Sri Lanka is taking important steps towards becoming the first state in the region to join the Budapest Convention, which will enable it to be a strong partner in combating global cybercrime. "Other states are still figuring out how to grapple with cybersecurity and cybercrime challenges, but they are increasingly aware of the economic opportunities an open and interoperable Internet brings and increasingly paying attention," he added. Digital India initiative aims at ensuring the government services are made available to citizens electronically by reducing paperwork.