Frequently Asked Questions

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 globally recognized IIT Kanpur Certification
  • Network and collaborate with top-notch 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.

  • 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 details of education and work experience submitted by you along with your 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.

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.

Curriculum and Evaluation

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

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

The tentative week-wise curriculum is as listed below:

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

  • 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)
  • Onsite quiz during the second campus visit

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 programming
  3. Basic Knowledge of shell scripting

Program Schedule

The total duration of the program is 6 months.

The program will commence on February 10, 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:

  • 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.

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.

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.