The U.S. and India’s comprehensive agreement this week to work more closely on cybersecurity issues is tacitly aimed in part at pressuring China to abide by international cyberspace norms, a Washington information security expert told FedScoop.

“There are a few items in the cybersecurity language [in the accord] that seem particularly oriented toward the U.S. getting India, and I assume other Asian countries, to align with the U.S. and against China in ‘cyberspace behavior norms’ — not using the Internet to steal intellectual property, not trying to inhibit computer security incident response teams and so on,” said John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute. “Those all translate to [concur] that China’s actions violate agreed-upon norms.”

Source: U.S.-India cyber agreement puts more pressure on China