Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur and WhizHack Technologies have together signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a new centre of excellence (CoE) that will give a fillip to new innovations in cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT).
This collaboration could not have been better timed as the incidence of hacking and cyber security breaches have multiplied in recent times. Also, the issue of cyber security and the significance of artificial intelligence have gained prominence during the ongoing pandemic, when most companies have their employees working remotely or from home. Also, in India, shortage of cyber security personnel is reportedly 10 per cent higher than the global average.
This CoE will help roll out advanced scientific and technological products and services IPs that will safeguard the country’s strategic assets and data pertaining to government infrastructure, enterprises and digital forensics for police and defence forces.
Certificate learning programmes will also be offered to fresh graduates and working professionals. These will be linked with skill training in cyber defense and postgraduation in technology, with specialisation in cyber security and defense. Considering that awareness about cyber security defense from advanced persistent threats (APTs) is the need of the hour, these courses will be of great benefit to the future talent pool of the country as well as the country on the whole.
Data protection as well as privacy laws in the rising networked digital economy, according to NASSCOM, will give rise to a US$ 35 billion revenue opportunity, and will create more than two million jobs in the field of cyber security for Indians.