Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur and WhizHack Technologies Private Limited signed an MoU to build a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for new innovations in cyber security, AI and IoT, slated to be the country’s first Indian product engineering and human capital development company that manages complete value chain of secured cyber environment.
This CoE is being set up for the purpose of advancing scientific and technological products and services IPs for protecting assets of India’s strategic importance like government infrastructure, enterprises and digital forensics for police and defence forces. With the dearth in India’s cyber security workforce, the burgeoning security breaches and Government’s priority to strengthen India’s cyber security resource, this collaboration comes at a pertinent time, it said in a statement.
“Emerging technologies like cyber security are crucial for India’s self-reliance in national digital security and youth empowerment by bringing together the best of Indian and global academic excellence and industrial knowledge,” Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director IIT Jodhpur, said.
The CoE will also launch Certificate Learning Programs for placement linked skill training in cyber defense and part-time M.Tech. programs specializing in cyber security for graduates and working professionals.
“This collaboration with IIT Jodhpur, provides a great opportunity for capacity building and exporting talent in an accelerated manner for the skill intensive cyber security industry. Globally, we want empowered Indians to leverage the huge cyber security market due to higher digital adoption, post Covid, and an increased proliferation of sophisticated cyber criminals,” Kallol Sil, MD, WhizHack Technologies, said.
According to NASSCOM, global cyber attacks along with data protection and privacy laws are estimated to lead to a $35 billion revenue opportunity creating over two million new cybersecurity jobs to India’s workforce by 2025. However, India’s cybersecurity workforce shortage already stands nearly 10% higher than the global average and there is a critical need to address the demand for job-ready security professionals through skills-based initiatives.