PwC India and NIIT University (NU) have entered into a strategic partnership towards creating a trained talent pool of Cyber Security professionals in India. To this end, 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 Master’s Programme in Cyber Security is amongst the first programmes that blend academic and professional education, with the industry player PwC India being an equal partner in developing and delivering the programme. The key driver in this programme is industry-led research in the Cyber Security space.
Cyber Security market currently at $1 billion, is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. The demand for skilled professionals in the space 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 information technology firms bringing in work from clients.
On the occasion, Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman NIIT Group and Founder NU, said, “Technology has changed the way businesses are run and has brought along with it unique challenges and threats. 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.”
Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PwC India said, “Cyber Security is a major focus area and the growth driver for PwC India. With this programme with NU, PwC India is collaborating with academia to bring industry-ready talent into the market, readily employable with required customized skills set.”
First year of the Master’s Programme in Cyber Security will be held at the Neemrana Campus of NU, followed by an internship at PwC India under the supervision of NU faculty. The programme will emphasise on Security Analytics, Threat Intelligence, Industrial Control System and Vulnerability Analysis and also draw on practitioner-experts from PwC India to ensure the right blend of academic concepts and industry application. PwC has worked with NU to devise the curriculum for the programme. In addition, PwC India and NU will co-create specialised laboratories at the University, with advanced hardware and software required for the programme.
The first batch of the Master’s Programme in Cyber Security will commence from July 2016. The selection process will be stringent inviting applications from candidates having technical bend of mind. Applicants should have four years Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology in Computer Science or IT (those who are completing their Degree in the current academic year are also eligible) or Master’s Degree holders in Computer Science or IT or Mathematics and Statistics (those completing their Degree in the current academic year are also eligible). It is mandatory for applicants to have secured at least 60 per cent or above in their 10th and 12th standard boards and in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.