Hyderabad: India is an emerging IT-empowered nation, where securing the cyber space has become an equal priority for government, businesses and citizens. The growing scale and complexity in cyber-attacks in recent years have increased the significance of cyber security. This calls for the creation of three million cyber warriors to tackle the challenges in the country. Telangana, being the first State to launch its Cyber Security Policy and Hyderabad Security Cluster (HSC) is not only engaged in setting up cyber defence infrastructure to combat cyber-attacks but also is preparing the needed talent pool for the nation.
Zaki Qureshey, founding father & task force member, HSC, told Telangana Today, “The HSC and Hague Security Delta (HSD), Netherlands together will create game changing cyber security solutions and facilitate safer deployment of technologies. HSC aims to become the global platform for cyber security related entrepreneurship and innovation. As a part of the broader framework, industry and academia will collaborate on cross disciplinary functions, especially in training, leadership skills and team approaches to solve fundamental and real-world problems.”
He informed, “NALSAR University of Law in collaboration with E2Labs and HSD will offer PG Diploma and Masters Course in cyber security, EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), computer forensics & investigation and electronic war fare. The certification will be in collaboration with the US-based certification company Mile2 which is accredited by The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defene and National Security Agency.”
JNTU Hyderabad has also come up with a special course in cyber security in line with the emerging industry demands and employment opportunities. It has recently introduced M Tech in cyber security and information security and will in future train their trainers and few thousand students on the Mile2 certification.
The HSD, NALSAR and JNTU also will jointly offer a course in electronic warfare focusing on both offensive and defensive techniques. It will cover Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security, threat intelligence response system, internet of things, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.
“Our training and tools will enable to defend the critical systems, infrastructure, utilities and sensitive data against complex, ever evolving cyber threats. We will deliver life-like simulations. The programme will be offered from the next academic year” he added.
On the need for creating cyber security professionals, he explains, “A host of digitisation programmes linking AADHAAR and critical infrastructure and demonetisation have made the country cyber-vulnerable. A new cyber-crime economy is on the rise. States are rapidly developing offensive capabilities. The big data hosting companies and digital certificate providers have become the focal point of attacks. With perpetrators focusing more on, ‘who you are’ and ‘what you own’, global positioning system (GPS), navigation and timing stand out as a weak link in critical systems.”
For Telangana, which is creating its cyber-security cluster, it can be an opportunity to collaborate with industry and academia to attract talent and investments. The cluster will help create high-end technology jobs.