It is reported that the government will release a new cybersecurity strategy this year. Based on the information provided by National Cyber Security Coordinator, Rajesh Pant, it is expected that the strategy would cover the entire ecosystem of cyberspace in India and ensure “a safe, secure, resilient, vibrant, and trusted cyberspace.” Reportedly, some of the elements of the cybersecurity policy will cover the concept of data as a national resource, building indigenous capabilities and cyber audits.

At the outset, a robust cybersecurity policy should be rooted in global security and privacy principles, while being adapted to deal with local concerns. However, the success of such a policy will arguably also be linked to levels of cyber and digital literacy amongst the relevant stakeholders. Lack of cyber-literacy is possibly one of the top issues underlying the exponential growth in cyber-attacks in recent times. The updated policy should focus on…

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