Frequently Asked Questions

About Cyber Security

Though the pandemic accelerated technological adoption, it also exposed cyber vulnerabilities and unpreparedness of the industry.
Looking at the year ahead, cyber security has become a top priority for organizations irrespective of the sector. In 2021 alone, there will be a ransomware attack on businesses every 11 seconds according to CyberCrime Magazine.
The industry today needs professionals with capabilities to secure networks, protect systems and brand reputation from cyberattacks.
However, the shortage of cyber security talent is a challenge that must be met. By the end of 2021, it’s estimated that 3.5 million jobs in cyber security will be unfilled due to this talent gap and market need (Economic Times). As per the Data Security Council of India, the number of cyber security companies in India has also grown in the last two years.
This is the right time for aspirants to invest in building expertise and tap into these promising opportunities that the sector offers.

According to LinkedIn, here are the most in-demand roles in the cyber security space for 2021.

Cyber Security Engineer
Cloud Security Engineer
Network Security Engineer
Cyber Security Analyst
Network Security Analyst
Vulnerability Analyst
Security Ops Analyst
Security Compliance Associate
and more…

The IITK Advantage

  • Get certified by IIT Kanpur, globally recognized for Computer Science Research and Education
  • Experience the expertise of C3iHub, India’s leading Cyber Security Research Center at IIT Kanpur
  • Learn from master faculty, experts and mentors in the field of Cyber Security and Cyber Defense

Hands-On Learning Experience

  • Self-paced learning with weekly doubt-clearing sessions, Hackathons, Capstone Projects, and Master Mentors
  • Mentorship for startup enthusiasts by Top Faculty of C3iHub

The TalentSprint Advantage

  • Learn on TalentSprint’s patent-pending digital platform
  • Network with 3000+ TalentSprint Deep Tech Alumni
  • Get Dedicated Support for enhanced career outcomes
  • Industry-level projects created by participants, mentored by top TalentSprint Faculty

The program will be delivered in an interactive online format, retaining effectiveness while maintaining safety. The format uniquely combines the benefits of an in-class program with the flexibility and safety of online learning.

Benefits of In-Class Delivery

  • Synchronous program delivery by expert faculty
  • Interact and get your doubts answered by faculty
  • Master Classes by IITK Professors
  • Peer learning through working in groups with other participants
  • Get support from mentors for labs and experiments

Flexibility and additional value of online

  • Re-attend classes through recorded archives
  • Access videos easily with searchable and indexed video archives
  • Learn from the comfort and safety of your home
  • One-on-one mentor support

The program will be delivered on TalentSprint's patent-pending, a leading digital learning platform of choice used for programs delivered by the likes of Google, IIM Calcutta, IIT Hyderabad, IISc, and IIT Kanpur, to name a few.

This is a 6-month program is best suited for

  • Students pursuing UG or PG studies in STEM based areas.
  • Recent graduates who are interested in starting their tech career with cyber security expertise.

The program will be taught by a group of IIT Kanpur faculty members, globally recognized for their contribution to cyber security and cyber defense.

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Yes, this is a hands-on program. The sessions are accompanied by practical industry-oriented exercises to help assimilate theory into practice. Online lab assignments will help you master the concepts with the help of mentors.

  • Weekly interactive online classes by industry experts help in getting clarity on the subject matter.
  • Monthly interactive online classes by top faculty from IIT Kanpur and C3iHub help you get deeper insights into the concepts.

As an Institution of National Importance, IIT Kanpur enjoys autonomous status under the MHRD, and operates outside the purview of UGC/AICTE guidelines.This program is a fully approved certificate program offered through the IIT Centre for Continuing Education.

  • The program equips you with both academic, research insights coupled with practical knowledge and helps navigate the fast-evolving world of cyber security.
  • You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by IIT Kanpur at the end of the program.
  • You will learn from the leading faculty of IIT Kanpur and work on interesting use-cases and research projects.
  • Get Dedicated Support for enhanced career outcomes. Network and associate with cyber security practitioners.

Learning Format

Our digital platform enables participants to

  • Attend all lecture classes online from any location on any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone)
  • Interact with faculty, through audio and chat, during the online session
  • Interact with peers, through chat during the online session

Our digital platform supports mentored online labs for necessary hands-on learning.

  • All practical labs are available online on the platform
  • You will also be able to set up one-on-one mentoring session during weekdays
  • You can also work with your peer group on the platform for group projects

Yes, all our online sessions enable audio and chat interaction. Participants can interact and ask questions. The chat window is common to all participants and faculty and allows interaction among participants.

The classes will have enough interaction to get your doubts cleared. You will also have the following additional options:

  • A discussion forum is open in every course, where you can post your queries to be answered by peers in the class as well as mentors
  • Review sessions scheduled periodically where you can ask the faculty and get your doubts clarified
  • One-on-one sessions with mentors can be scheduled anytime during the program.

You will need the following infrastructure to access our platform:

  • Device: A Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone with camera and mic.
  • Internet: A regular broadband/wifi connection or a mobile 4G connection.
  • However, you will need a computer (Desktop/Laptop) with the necessary configuration to do the online lab sessions.

Yes, program mentors will be available to provide you the required assistance during your online lab exercises schedule.

Participants can interact with their group members for the projects conveniently using the Virtual Lounge available on the platform.
TalentSprint's platform will also have the provision of group-specific forums for asynchronous discussion among the group members.

Our AI-powered recorded videos come with auto-generated transcripts with a search option. Participants can search for a keyword/phrase within the transcript to jump to any specific concept covered in the video. This feature makes it very convenient for the participants to traverse through the video for the concepts of their interest.

Selection Process

IIT Kanpur conducts the selection process for the program. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their academic details submitted by them along with the application. This will be followed by a test for the final selection.

  • College students pursuing B.Tech / B.Sc. / BCA / M.Tech / M.Sc. / MCA, graduating in 2021
  • 2020 graduates who are passionate about fast advancing cyber security technologies

Program Fee

A participant not holding an Indian Passport or not residing in India will be considered an International Participant.

Yes. Flexible EMI options can be availed to pay the program fee in installments. Please reach out to your RM to know about the details of the schemes available.

For the fee details please visit fee page

No, the application fee is non-refundable.

No, the program fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

Program Content

  • Application Security
  • Access Control: MAC, DAC, UNIX
  • Malware Analysis and Memory Forensics
  • Intrusion Detection
    • Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS)
    • Network-based Intrusion Detection System (NIDS)
  • Honeypots
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Web Security
  • Data Security and Cryptography
  • Network Security and VPN
  • Secure Development - Secure Coding and DevSecOp
  • Android Security
  • Hands-on Security - Network Traffic Analysis, CTF and VAPT

4 Mini Projects and 1 Capstone Project

Interactive online sessions will be held on Saturdays/Sundays between 10 AM to 12 noon.

The program will be primarily delivered through self-paced learning videos and reading material. The program will also have faculty-led interactive live sessions, as per a pre-decided schedule carefully chosen keeping the convenience of students, on TalentSprint’s platform. Participants will be able to interact with the faculty through video, audio, and chat. They will also be able to chat with fellow participants of the program during online sessions.

Digital reading material (pre/post session) will be shared regularly through TalentSprint’s learning platform.

It is a 6-month program including Capstone projects, Case Studies, and Hackathons.

A certificate of successful completion is provided upon completion of all requirements of the program. All examinations and evaluations related to the certification are carried out by IIT Kanpur.

Interactive online sessions will be conducted by the faculty from TalentSprint and IIT Kanpur. Industry experts may be invited for sharing their valuable experience.

Dedicated Career Support

Participants of the Certificate Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense are eligible for the Dedicated Career Support.

You will get dedicated support for Enhanced Career Outcomes.

  • Build a Strong Digital Profile Showcasing your Expertise kaggle logo
  • Get Mentor Support on Career Development
  • Attend Mock Interviews and get ready to succeed
  • Network with 3000+ Peers and other DeepTech Professionals
  • Access Premium Career Opportunities

About the Platform

Do not worry. In case you miss a session, you will be given access to view the recorded version of the session soon.

Attendance will be recorded regularly during this program. Participants need to maintain minimum attendance criteria in each course of the program.

All participants are required to execute, before the start of the program, an agreement that consists of the standard program Terms and Conditions. It has the following components:

  • Part A: Etiquette and Platform Rights
    • Classroom Etiquette & General Policy Guidelines
    • Tools and Platforms in Use
    • Tools and Platforms: Terms of Use
  • Part B: Honor Code
  • Part C: Certification
  • Part D: Programme Fee, Refund, and Termination Policy


  • Ranked among top engineering colleges by NIRF 2020
  • Hosts C3iHub, India’s leading Research Centre in Cyber Security for critical infrastructure
  • Collaborates with global centers of excellence (Israel and USA) in Cyber Security
  • Built on World-class Academic Research Culture

IIT Kanpur, established in 1959, is among India’s premier institutions in Computer Science education and research, aimed at providing leadership in technological innovation. A few years back, IIT Kanpur took pioneering steps towards Cyber Security by setting up C3iHub (Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security and Cyber Defense of Critical Infrastructures) C3iHub is India’s first research center whose mission is to research, educate, train, and also spawn startups to create technological safeguards to protect critical infrastructure. The center is also engaged with International partners from Israel, and the USA to develop world-class research in the field of Cyber Security. For more information, visit

  • Best in class Hybrid Platform
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Academic Partnerships

TalentSprint, a National Stock Exchange (NSE) Group Company, brings transformational high-end and deep-tech learning programs to emerging and experienced professionals in partnership with top academic institutions and global corporations. Its patent-pending, AI-powered, digital learning platform enables a perfect blend of high-end academics and industry-leading practitioner experience. Its programs have consistently seen a high engagement rate and customer delight. For more information, visit