Nasscom, Symantec forge alliance to bump up India’s cyber army

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New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2015 2:25:00 AM

With this initiative, Nasscom aims to take the number of cyber security professionals in the country from 63,200 to a million.

Nasscom on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Symantec to develop certified cyber security professionals. With this 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 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% of its global workforce based in India, would deliver hands-on industry expertise to 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.

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