Compared to the earlier conditions followed in institutions of higher education, the present story is a lot different. The need of the digitized environment is to safeguard the businesses and citizens across the world. It requires a handful of trained professionals who are always ready to face the challenges that are posed by hackers every now and then.
NIIT University has taken a step in that direction by entering into a partnership with consultancy firm PwC India to create a trained pool of cyber security professionals in India. The interested candidates will be offered a two year work integrated specialized Master’s Programme in Cyber Security by academic experts from NU and senior professionals from PwC India.
The first batch of the Master’s Programme in Cyber Security will commence from July this year. The programme which has a course fee of over Rs. 4 lakh, will lay focus on the teaching of security analytics, threat intelligence, industrial control system and vulnerability analysis. The students will also be offered six months on-site training during the second year of the programme. The students will also be eligible for scholarship throughout two years of the programme towards maintenance costs. Expert faculty will be recruited either from the firm and industry practitioners for delivery of the programme.
Rajendra S Pawar, founder of NU and Group Chairman of NIIT Group said, “Cyber security market is currently at $1 billion and is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. The demand for skilled professionals in space is very high coming from across industry sectors and government.” On the other hand, PwC India Chairman Deepak Kapoor said, “cyber security is a major focus area and growth driver for the company.”
As per the present data, there are somewhere around 300 people who are employed in this practice and it needs to be increased to tenfold i.e. 3000 people in the next 4-5 years. The candidates will be selected by PwC India in association with NU. The expenses related to training and development of the candidates who will be employed with PwC India after the programme will be incurred by the consulting firm.
Few months earlier a cyber security task force was launched by Nasscom to create a base trained of one million certified and skilled cyber security professionals. This will automatically increase India’s share in this segment from one per cent to 10 per cent by 2025.