The rise of Indian cybersecurity sector in the new normal

The digital push by the government is changing the way businesses are run in the country, and with growing cyberattack threats, more businesses are emphasizing proper cybersecurity protection.

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The recent data breaches in JustDial, Unacademy, JusPay, Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, Bigbasket, and BuyUCoin, among others have put a question mark on the data security in India, and there have been calls to implement strict laws for cybersecurity. 

This, in turn, has opened the gates to an uncharted and untouched opportunity for Indian cybersecurity startups

The sizeable internet user base of India makes it one of the largest consumers of the cybersecurity segment. Additionally, the increased dependence of corporate houses on IT solutions during the pandemic has only added to the cybersecurity demand. 

While companies from the UK, Israel, Middle East and the US are giving India a tough fight in the cybersecurity segment — mainly because of their focus on building product-based solutions, which India has only just begun — the country is still in the first realm of data security, with enterprises and businesses still deploying end-point and other first-generation solutions, investors YourStory spoke with say.

With remote working being the new norm, investors expect more enterprises will be on the lookout for high-quality cybersecurity products that can be deployed quickly and are available at economical rates. 

Further, many Indian cybersecurity ventures have witnessed a significant uptick in inbound inquiries and signing up new customers post COVID-19. Considering this rise in demand and the resulting traction, investors expect this sector to get a lot of attention this year. 

Read more on how this sector is poised to touch a pinnacle in the new normal

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Anil Joshi, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures

“Cybersecurity companies have to spend a lot on building both product and talent, hence investors need to invest with a long term view and help the company evolve naturally. Unlike consumer internet companies, cybersecurity companies take longer to start monetising, hence we need more patient capital.” 

Anil Joshi, Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures

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