Addressing the need for cyber security professionals, Nasscom today signed an MoU with cyber security firm Symantec to develop certified professionals. With this new initiative, Nasscom aims to take the number of cyber security professionals in the country from 63,200 to a million. Sector Skill Council (SSC) Nasscom and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) along with Symantec will focus on training and creating new job opportunities in the field of cyber security.
“The nature of threats are evolving every day. We need manpower to tackle the present day aspects of cyber security which includes conflict management, secure coding, legal issues among others,” said Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator.
“This partnership will enable the industry to map existing and future skills requirements and plug its demand-supply gap. It will also focus on developing pioneering models for scaling capacity and enhancing employability through assessments and certifications,” said R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom.
Symantec, with about 25 per cent of it global workforce based in India, would deliver hands on industry expertise to the candidates.
“This partnership with Nasscom is focused on building world class skilled and certified cyber security professionals in India. The initiative will also facilitate internships and placement of certified candidates, and is an extension in India of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), a program launched last year to attract and train young adults and women in the field of cyber security. said Michael A. Brown, President and CEO, Symantec.
“Symantec will support four main parts of the program. First, scholarship for 1000 women undertaking the cyber security certification program. Second, curriculum development for five prioritised job roles in cyber security. Third, development of internships with the goal of employment for certified trainees. Finally, opportunity for Symantec employees to be subject matter experts in this initiative,” said Brown.
The demand for the workforce is expected to rise to 6 million (globally) by 2019, with projected shortfall of 1.5 million. Recently, Nasscom and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) launched the Nasscom Cyber Security Task Force to help build India as a global hub for providing cyber security solutions, developing cyber security R&D plan and developing a skilled workforce of cyber security experts.