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Jobs boom ahead in cyber security

The proliferation of information technology across sectors is generating demand for a new kind of specialist: the cyber security expert. Manoj Gairola reports.

business Updated: May 24, 2013 23:47 IST
Manoj Gairola

The proliferation of information technology across sectors is generating demand for a new kind of specialist: the cyber security expert.

The national cyber security policy sees India needing as many as 500,000 professionals in the field in five years.

“Currently, there are only about 37,000 cyber security professionals and there is a big gap between demand and supply,” said Gulshan Rai, Director General, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team.

Information technology is already the lifeline of banking and telecom, and other sectors are becoming dependent on it as well. "With this increase, the threat of cyber attacks is also increasing. Hence, the need of cyber security experts is also increasing," Rai said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/5/25_05_13-biz23e.jpg

The catch is that at present, not enough institutes offer courses on cyber security.

“We want private sector participation in training people in this field,” said Rai.

“We are closely working with the government to meet the requirement. We have also created some training programme,” said Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, Data Security Council of India, an industry body.