The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the cyber security threat landscape. There has been a surge in Work from Home, triggered by this pandemic. Our home networks are far more vulnerable than enterprise networks. As usual, cybercriminals are bound to exploit it. Since the beginning of the crisis, nearly 2000 malicious coronavirus-themed websites have been set up every day.
The writing on the wall is clear. Even after the crisis, companies who have discovered value in the gig economy will continue to operate a significant part of their workforce from home. Hence the need for cyber security expertise becomes apparent.
Amid COVID-19 crisis, new high-profile cyber attacks seem to constantly flood news headlines. No wonder the need for cyber security professionals is urgent and daunting. Besides, the world’s transition towards aggressive digitization has also marked cyber security as one of the biggest threats to the economy over the next decade. India has reported a hike in attacks (on IoT deployments) by 22% in the country.
Cyber security is one of the most in-demand skills, trending in the job market today. And studies point out that there will be nearly 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021. India alone has reported over 67,000 job openings. Companies are looking forward to professionals with an ability to build a viable cyber-resilient organization.
The Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense is designed to provide an opportunity for aspiring and working professionals to exploit the latest trends in Cyber Security Technologies. Going by the new reality of continued WFH pattern for professionals, the time is right to get armed with cyber security knowledge for today and hereafter.
The safety of our faculty and participants is of utmost importance. Keeping in mind the same, we are starting the Programme in August with interactive online classes that can be attended from the safety of home. The campus visits will be scheduled once it is safe to travel and gather in the campus-based on Government advisory.
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.
Note: Proctored online assessments can be taken only on a Desktop/Laptop with a web camera and mic (not allowed on tablets/smartphones).
Groups can conveniently connect among themselves at an appointed time for group work, outside the online classes. This feature comes in handy during group activities and projects.
Students can also use the platform 24 x 7 to engage and learn from their peers using our interactive discussion forums available under each course of the Programme.
Our platform also has the provision of group-specific discussion forums for offline discussion among the group members.
Our recorded videos have an AI-generated Table of Content (TOC) to help easy and smart navigation within the videos. Students can click on the items under TOC to directly jump to the relevant section in a video. Video archives also have a Phrase Cloud of keywords/phrases used in the video. Students can click on a particular keyword/phrase to find yellow markers, indicating the points where the selected keyword/phrase was covered on the video timeline.
Given the current crisis due to Covid-19, we understand that participants may have a challenge with cash flows. In order to enhance the Programme fee payment flexibility, we have increased the tenure of our interest-free (0% EMI) loan from the current 9 months to 24 months. As a result of this, you will now be able to pay the Programme Fee in up to 24 interest-free instalments. You may contact your Relationship Manager for more details.
It is estimated that there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices by 2020. Rapid convergence of Mobility, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing is leading to an explosive increase in security threats and the need for Cyber Defense experts to combat these threats is becoming all the more important.
The demand for such professionals is outstripping supply. Companies need sophisticated responders to defend against the growing threat of cyberattacks. There is a huge talent crunch and 59% of the companies have vacant positions suggesting a cumulative global shortfall of 1.5 million such professionals.
The Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense by IIT Kanpur is designed for current or aspiring Cyber Security professionals who are passionate about exploring disruptions in Cyber Security technology. The program combines deep academic rigor with an intense practical hands-on approach to equip participants to master in-demand skills and capabilities relevant to the domain. The program is taught by the faculty at IIT Kanpur, ranked highly by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019.
TalentSprint with its deep understanding of the industry, access to industry experts, and a state of the art technology platform has been chosen by IIT Kanpur as the right partner for this program.
Dr. Sandeep Shukla Professor, IIT Kanpur
Dr. Shukla is an IEEE Fellow, ACM distinguished scientist and Subject Matter Expert in Cyber Security of cyber-physical systems and Blockchain Technology. He currently heads the Computer Science and Engineering Department at IIT Kanpur. A recipient of various prestigious honours, he serves as a joint-coordinator for the C3I Center and the National Blockchain Project at IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Manindra AgrawalProfessor, IIT Kanpur
Dr. Agrawal is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur.. A Padma Shri (2013) awardee, he was chosen for the first Infosys Mathematics Prize for outstanding contributions in the broad field of mathematics in 2008. He co-created the AKS primality test, for which he and his co-authors won the 2006 Fulkerson Prize and the 2006 Godel Prize.
Rohit is the Lead Engineer and Security Architect and Security Operations Lead at C3i. An ICS security researcher and expert with 7+ years of experience specializing in Cyber Defense of industrial automation and operational technologies, he has published several papers in International conferences on Cyber Security of Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems.
Anand is the Project Executive Officer in C3i . His focus areas include malware analysis, memory forensics, and intrusion detection systems. His role at C3i involves working on projects having malware analysis and IDS as a significant component. He has published research work at multiple International conferences.
Global programs are not customized as per the Indian Market. They are also quite expensive compared to this program.
The eligibility criteria to join this program is as follows:
Selection for the program will be done by IIT Kanpur and is based on the following:
There is a 2-step selection process:
The Programming Test is designed to assess the programming skills of the applicants. The test has 17 questions with a total duration 75 minutes. It consists of two sections as follows:
The Programming Test will be conducted online and you can take it from the comfort of your own place. It will be an online proctored test and the software used for this proctored test will be able to track aspects like who is at the computer, or if any other browser is opened, etc.
The online Programming Test will be proctored and the software used for this proctoring will be able to track aspects like who is at the computer, or if any other browser is opened, etc.
Following are the prerequisites for taking this proctored online test:
There are no sample papers available. Applicants will directly receive the test link to their registered mail ids.
You can apply for this program online by submitting your duly filled application. Applicants will have to pay an application fee of ₹1000.
The program fee is ₹2,68,000 plus GST.
Yes. Flexible EMI options can be availed to pay the program fee.
The total Campus visit fee is ₹18,000 plus GST (For 2 campus visits of 3 days each @ ₹3000 plus GST per day)
Please refer to the fee section on the program page to know all the important dates.
No, the application fee is non-refundable.
No, the program fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.
This program has an intensive curriculum that fosters hands-on learning. Important areas of focus are given below:
The tentative week-wise curriculum is as listed below:
Evaluation will be done based on the following:
The tentative timelines for project submission are as given below:
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.
Following are the prerequisites to join this program:
The total duration of the program is 6 months.
The program will commence in August 2020.
A part of the program will be delivered through face to face sessions at IIT Kanpur campus. There will be 2 campus visits of 3 days each, one at the beginning and the other towards the end of the program.
Rest of the program will be delivered through online interactive sessions during the weekends.
A large part of the program will be delivered through online interactive sessions on TalentSprint’s direct to device platform. A part of the program will be delivered through face to face sessions at IIT Kanpur campus. There will be 2 campus visits of 3 days each, one at the beginning and the other towards the end of the program.
Online sessions will be held twice a week as given below:
All sessions will be conducted by IIT Kanpur faculty. Industry experts may be invited for sharing their valuable experience.
Reading material like papers, notes and manuals will be shared regularly through TalentSprint’s Online Learning Management System.
The attendance criteria is as follows:
Yes, attendance will be recorded regularly during this program. Participants need to maintain a minimum 75% attendance for the online sessions.
Do not worry. In case you miss a session, you will be given access to view the recorded version of the session till the duration of the program. However, attendance would not be considered for watching the recorded archive.
Yes, there will be 2 visits of 3 days each to the IIT Kanpur campus.
Campus visits are a crucial part of this program. It facilitates the in-class experience of face-to-face sessions. Participants not only get the opportunity to meet the faculty members and network amongst themselves, they also get a chance to immerse in the rich academic environment of the institute.
Yes, campus visits are mandatory for successful completion of the program.
Accommodation is provided to the participants in the guest houses at IIT Kanpur.
There are study areas and social spaces open to the entire community on the campus.
No. This program caters to working professionals who aspire to hone their skills to better adapt and grow in the Cyber Security space. No placement assistance will be provided to the participants.
An internet connected device, Computer/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone, is enough to access the platform and online interactive sessions. Web-camera and Mic with necessary power backup will be needed for proctored online assessments.
TalentSprint’s platform is very robust and designed to have very high uptime. However, in case of any technical difficulty, you can write to TalentSprint’s technical support on email@example.com and they would do their best to resolve your issue at the earliest possible.
IIT Kanpur has designed the curriculum of this program. All the program content will be delivered by the faculty from IIT Kanpur. The selection and certification will also be done by them.
IIT Kanpur took its pioneering steps towards Cyber Security by setting up C3i (Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security and Cyber Defense of Critical Infrastructures). The C3i is now on its way to create India’s first research centre 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 a world-class research in the field of Cyber Security.
Please refer to the link given below to know about the infrastructure at C3i. https://cdn.talentsprint.com/misc/infrastructure_C3i.pdf
TalentSprint is the technology partner for this program. All the program content and online sessions will be delivered through TalentSprint interactive direct-to-device platform.