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Educational institutes to churn out cyber-security pros




Educational institutes to churn out cyber-security pros
Educational institutes to churn out cyber-security pros



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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Services/Cyber-security_pros_in_the_making/articleshow/2505119.cms 

By Appaji Reddem
31 Oct, 2007

HYDERABAD: India is emerging as a global IT hub, but several companies 
are yet to evolve mechanisms to protect their websites from hackers =E2=80=94 
people trespassing computers =E2=80=94 according to Ankit Fadia, the 21-year-old 
computer whizkid and author of =E2=80=98The Unofficial Guide to Ethical 
Hacking=E2=80=99. =E2=80=9CI could hack a state-owned bank=E2=80=99s website or a government 
communications website which shows the vulnerability.

Thousands of Indian websites are being hacked each day,=E2=80=9D he said, after 
a live demonstration here. According to him, the problem could be 
addressed, in a large measure, through training an army of professionals 
in cyber security. This has prompted several organisations to offer 
courses in this segment to build talent pool.

Fadia was here to announce his association with the Ghaziabad-based 
Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) for a oneyear diploma 
course in cyber security programme through distance learning . =E2=80=9CIndia is 
an IT hub, but lags in cyber security. Students, after completing this 
course, can be placed in organisations such as IT companies, banks, 
retail chains and government establishments as cyber-security experts.

Many firms are keen on building internal information security teams to 
protect the online applications and data,=E2=80=9D he said. Ankit has been 
working with institutes and universities in Singapore, North America, 
Malaysia and China to offer courses on cyber security over the last four 
years or so.

The University of Hyderabad offers a post-graduate diploma in cyber laws 
and a diploma in cyber laws and intellectual property rights. Nearly 750 
students have been trained so far.

The proposed Indian Institute for Information Technology in West Bengal 
will also specialise in cyber-security related research and technology.

Cyber security is still perceived as a niche area in India due to the 
dearth of professionals. Nasscom has projected a requirement of around 
1.8 million cyber-security professionals by 2008. Analysts expect the 
cyber security services market to grow by 100 times over the next five 
years, opening up huge opportunities.

According to a report prepared by the cyber-security wing of the 
department of information technology and the Indian Computer Emergency 
Response Team (CERT), nearly 5,200 Indian websites were hacked in 2007. 
Of this, nearly 2,770 were defaced by the hackers.


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