The Cyber Security market currently at $1 billion, is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. The demand for skilled professionals in this field is very high. This demand is coming from domestic companies spending in the country; multinational companies investing in India; increasing government activity in the cyber and Cyber Security space; and Information Technology firms bringing in work from clients.
The apex body for the IT industry NASSCOM launched Cyber Security Task Force earlier this year. The aim was to build India as a global hub for providing Cyber Security solutions, prepare the Cyber Security R&D plan and develop a skilled workforce of Cyber Security experts. The task force aims to grow the Cyber Security industry in India from the 1% market share to 10% by 2025; create a trained base of 1 million certified and skilled Cyber Security professionals and build 1000+ startups in Cyber Security from India.
PwC India and NIIT University (NU) have entered into a strategic partnership towards creating a trained talent pool of Cyber Security professionals in India. To this end, academic experts from NU and senior professionals from PwC India have co-created a two-year work-integrated specialised Master’s Programme in Cyber Security. The Master’s Programme in Cyber Security is amongst the first programmes that blend academic and professional education, with the industry player PwC India being an equal partner in developing and delivering the programme. The key driver in this programme is industry-led research in the Cyber Security space.
The growth of Information Technology has radically changed the IT infrastructure from a set of fixed assets fully controlled by an organisation to a dynamically varying set of resources. These combined with plethora of interconnected devices forming the so-called “Internet-of-Things” have led to an increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks. With string of data breaches at large organisations and cyber criminals targeting not only sensitive government and corporate information, but also the common man, there is an increased need of trained professionals today to tackle the ever growing menace.
According to NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force, India has a great opportunity to create a workforce of one million cyber security professionals to provide security solutions and services to clients in India and abroad by 2020. The world faces a projected shortfall of 1.5 million Cyber Security experts today.
The industry sponsored M.Tech programme in Cyber Security with industry partner PwC at NIIT University aims to bridge the skill gap between the manpower needs and available talent pool by developing trained professionals.
The M.Tech in Cyber Security is a unique programme offered by NIIT University (NU) in collaboration with PwC Private Limited. This programme is the outcome of the Industry-linked core principles of NU. This industry-academia partnership has been specially created to meet industry requirements in the highly specialised domain of cyber security.
The objective of this programme is to create security professionals who will be handling the real-life problems and challenges the industry is facing today in connection to cyber security. The partnership with PWC is not merely limited to the development of programme structure and curriculum, but goes much deeper and embraces other aspects of providing internship and final placement.
The programme is designed to take students through the wider aspects of security threats, challenges and associated strategies for solving such problems. Three verticals that have been identified for specialisation are the following – threat intelligence, application security and security analytics. During the course, students are exposed to various tools for secure communications, analytics and threat management.
The two-year curriculum is aligned with the demand of the industry. The unique design of the Programme focuses on providing a high degree of industry exposure, by academic and functional experts from the industry in this domain.
This programme offers a brilliant career pathway to those who are passionate about knowing more about security challenges and solutions as well as practising cyber security, security analytics and related tools and technologies.
This course offers specialisation in anyone of the three verticals. In second semester, a candidate has an option to choose the area of specialisation and pursue studies accordingly. The three verticals identified by the industry where major expertise is required are as follows:
Threat Intelligence: Threat intelligence is evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject’s response to that menace or hazard.
Application Security: Application security encompasses measures taken throughout the life-cycle of a programme/code written to prevent gaps in the security policy of an application or the underlying system (vulnerabilities) through flaws in the design, development, deployment, upgrade, or maintenance of the application.
Security Analytics: Businesses are responding to the growing sophistication and number of information security threats by deploying tools that extend the capabilities of their current security infrastructures. For smaller companies, this means deploying deeper network defences and endpoint protections. For large and midsize enterprises, however, it means deploying security analysis tools and analytics software to collect, filter, integrate and link diverse types of security event information in order to gain a more comprehensive view of the security of their infrastructure.
Some of the core and elective courses are listed below.