NIELIT to train thousands of cyber security professionals

NIELIT to train thousands of cyber security professionals
The number of cybercrime cases in India went up to 300,000 in 2015 from 13,301 in 2011.

The ministry of electronics and information technology has set its eyes on training people in cybersecurity through National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). India is grappling with a shortage of about 500,000 cyber security professionals.

The demand for IT security professionals is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019. There is a projected shortfall of 1.5 million professionals globally and about 500,000 in India, according to data from Central Statistical Office (CSO).

The number of cybercrime cases in India went up to 300,000 in 2015 from 13,301 in 2011.

A senior official from IT ministry said NIELIT has been asked to improve their courses/content in line with latest technology. Besides, the courses will be designed keeping in mind the shift towards a digital society where risks of cyber frauds are higher.

“There are gaps in our cyber security framework such as shortage of skilled cyber security professionals, insufficient preparedness to detect cybercrimes, negligible cyber intelligence and lack of awareness around cyber issues,” the official added.

On 21 February, the ministry announced the launch of Cyber Swachhata Kendra, a botnet cleaning and malware analysis centre, in an aim to strengthen its cyber space. The Centre, with an investment of Rs.100 crore, will offer free tools for users to clear malicious infections from their systems and will work closely with internet service providers and banks to ensure a clean and safe internet ecosystem.

A National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) is also in the making with an outlay of about Rs.1000 crore and will be operational by June this year.

Siddarth Vishwanath, partner at consultancy firm PwC, said, “The government has recognised that there are cyber risks. There are enough initiatives, but needs to be implemented on a fast track basis as cyberattacks are getting sophisticated.”

NIELIT already offers few courses in cyber/IT security and cyber law. It plans to strengthen such offerings further in the near future. It has about 34 centres across India with a network of more than 900 accredited training partners and more than 7000 facilitation centres (for digital literacy programmes). It is also well networked throughout India with the presence of about 800 institutes.

Cybersecurity assumes importance given the government’s plans to offer e-governance services, ensure secure implementation of Digital India initiatives and the focus on a digital society after government’s move of demonetisation.


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