Starting trouble: inside India’s long wait for a cybersecurity strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 25th Foundation Day of Nasscom on March 1, 2015 in New Delhi

Synopsis

A cybersecurity strategy creates a framework of responsibilities and accountability. It helps public and private entities establish a baseline of preparedness to deal with cyberattacks. But India’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2021, which has been in the works since 2019, is stuck. What gives?

Here’s what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2020, during the nation’s 74th Independence Day. “In this era of technology, our dependence on cyberspace is going to increase multifold. However, cyberspace offers its own risks and threats. In a short span of time, a draft of a new cybersecurity policy would be presented to the nation. In the coming times, we will have to integrate everything and then

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