Technology has changed the way businesses are run and has brought along with it unique challenges and threats. Rajendra S Pawar, chairman NIIT Group and founder NIIT University, says, “In today’s digitised environment securing our cyberspace has become a priority for businesses and citizens across the world. This calls for a team of trained professionals who are equipped to combat the challenges that are posed by hackers every day. Our
partnership with PwC India is a step in that direction.”
Recently, NIIT University and PwC India entered into a partnership towards creating a trained talent pool of cyber security professionals in India. 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 demand for skilled professionals in the cybersecurity market—currently pegged at $1 billion and expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025—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 IT firms bringing in work from clients.
As many as 54,483 cyber security incidents such as phishing, spam and malicious code have been reported in the current financial year, Parliament was informed last year. These incidents were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) by various Indian organisations, individuals and agencies from other countries.
IT industry forum Nasscom launched Cyber Security Task Force in 2015 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 build 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.
NIIT University’s master’s programme in cyber security is amongst the first programmes that blend academic and professional education, with PwC India being an equal partner in developing and delivering it. The key driver in this programme is industry-led research in the cyber security space. The programme, which has a course fee of over R4 lakh, will emphasise on security analytics, threat intelligence, industrial control system and vulnerability analysis.
Deepak Kapoor, chairman, PwC India said, “Cyber security is a major focus area and the growth driver for PwC India. We currently have around 300 people in this practice and will need to increase it tenfold to about 3,000 people over the next 4-5 years. With this programme with NU, PwC India is collaborating with academia to bring industry-ready talent into the market, readily employable with required customised skills set.”