Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

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.

Program and its Impact

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.

  • A trailblazer in Computer Science Research and Education
  • Hosts C3i, India’s #1 Cyber Security research center at IIT Kanpur
  • Experts globally recognized for contribution to Cyber Security and Cyber Defense
  • Ranked among top engineering colleges by NIRF 2019
  • Collaborates with global centers of excellence (Israel and USA) in Cyber Security
  • Built on World-class Academic Research Culture
  • Build expertise in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense
  • Learn from world-class faculty of IIT Kanpur
  • Get IIT Kanpur Certification
  • Network and collaborate with Cyber Security Experts

  • 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 Agrawal
    Professor, 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 Negi Instructor

    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 Handa Instructor

    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.

  • Tech professionals building their Cyber Security career
  • Engineers who want to research and build cutting-edge applications in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense
  • Professionals who want to build an in-house Cyber Security team
  • Startup founders interested in starting their own Cyber Security solutions

Global programs are not customized as per the Indian Market. They are also quite expensive compared to this program.

Eligibility and Selection

The eligibility criteria to join this program is as follows:

Education

  • Computer Science background

Experience

  • Graduate with 1+ year experience (or)
  • Diploma with 3+ years experience

Selection for the program will be done by IIT Kanpur and is based on the education, work experience details and Statement of Purpose submitted by candidate along with their application.

  • Current and /aspiring Cyber Security professionals across India and abroad
  • Tech professionals seeking a role change or career advancement
  • Graduate with relevant background and 1+ years experience
  • Diploma with relevant background and 3+ years experience

You can apply for this program online by submitting your duly filled application. Applicants will have to pay an application fee of ₹1000.

Program Fee

The program fee is ₹2,68,000 plus GST.

Yes. Flexible EMI options can be availed to pay the program fee.

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.

Curriculum and Evaluation

This program has an intensive curriculum that fosters hands-on learning. Important areas of focus are given below:

  1. Foundations
  2. Shock and Awe
  3. Access Control
  4. Data Security
  5. Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
  6. Intrusion Detection System
  7. Honeypot
  8. Software Diagnosis

The tentative week-wise curriculum is as listed below:

Topic Week Type
Foundations 0 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Introduction 1 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Design and Development of Environment 1 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Virtualization and controlled environment 1 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
External attack emulation 1 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Insider attack emulation 1 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Application Security 2 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Various platform specific defense 2 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Secure Programming 2 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Binary Reverse Engineering 3 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Secure architecture 4-5 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
File access control 4-5 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Operating system access control 4-5 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Isolation and confinement principles 4-5 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Sandboxing 4-5 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Data Security 6-7 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Symmetric and Asymmetric key cryptography 6-7 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Digital signature and message digest 6-7 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Real world scenarios 6-7 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Network Security 8-10 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Web Client-side Security 11-12 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Web Server-side Security 13 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Intrusion detection system (Rule and ML based) 14-15 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Honeypot 16-17 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Software diagnosis 18-19 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Android Security 20-21 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Memory Forensics 22-23 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Defense-in-depth 24 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session
Hand’s on cyber security work 24 Faculty-led Interactive Live Session

  • A quiz will be conducted in the first week to gauge the understanding of participants. However, this will not be used for evaluation.

Evaluation will be done based on the following:

  • Short online quiz every week
  • Capstone Project (to be done in groups)

The tentative timelines for project submission are as given below:

Description Week
Project Discussion and team (Maximum 5 people in a team) 3
Preliminary Documentation & finalization 5-7
Project specification and requirement document submission 11
Project report submission 23
Project Demo 24

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:

  1. Familiarization with the usage of computers, smartphones, and technology
  2. Basic knowledge of C/Java/Python programming
  3. Basic Knowledge of shell scripting

Program Schedule

The total duration of the program is 6 months.

The program will commence in August 2020.

The program will be delivered through faculty-led interactive live classes on TalentSprint’s direct to device platform during the weekends.

Online sessions will be held twice a week as given below:

  • Sundays - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Saturdays - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

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:

  • Campus visits to IIT Kanpur: Mandatory.
  • Online sessions: 75% of the sessions have to be attended in full.

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.

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.

Program Partners and Platform

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 cybersecurity.support@talentsprint.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.