Cyber Security market currently at $1 billion, is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. The demand for skilled professionals in the space is very high. To create a trained talent pool of Cyber Security professionals in India, PwC India and NIIT University (NU) have entered into a strategic partnership. Towards this end, academic experts from NU and senior professionals from PwC India have co-created a two-year work-integrated specialized Master’s Programme in Cyber Security.
Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Group and Founder – NU, said, “Technology has changed the way businesses are run and has brought along with it unique challenges and threats. In today’s digitized environment securing our cyber space has become a priority for businesses and citizens across the world. This calls for a team of trained professionals who are equipped to combat the challenges that are posed by hackers every day. Our partnership with PwC India is a step in that direction.”
The first year of the Master’s Programme in Cyber Security will be held at the Neemrana Campus of NU, followed by an internship at PwC India under the supervision of NU faculty. The programme will emphasis on Security Analytics, Threat Intelligence, Industrial Control System and Vulnerability Analysis and also draw on practitioner-experts from PwC India to ensure the right blend of academic concepts and industry application. PwC has worked with NU to devise the curriculum for the programme. In addition, PwC India and NU will co-create specialized laboratories at the University, with advanced hardware and software required for the programme.
Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PwC India, said, “Cyber Security is a major focus area and the growth driver for PwC India. We currently have around 300 people in this practice and will need to increase it tenfold to about 3,000 people over the next 4–5 years. With this programme with NU, PwC India is collaborating with academia to bring industry-ready talent into the market, readily employable with required customized skills set.”
PwC India will jointly select the candidates along with NU and also provide expert faculty from within the firm and other industry practitioners for delivery of the programme. It will help NU select the right persons from the industry, with relevant work experience, to join the programme.
PwC will invest in training and development of the candidates who will be employed with PwC India after the programme. In the second year of the programme, PwC India will provide six months’ on-site training to the candidates at its offices, where they will get the first-hand experience of real-life work situation. Also, the firm will jointly select the research topics with NU for the industry research for the last six months of the programme. PwC India will pay the students a scholarship throughout the two years of the programme towards maintenance costs.
The first batch of the Master’s Programme in Cyber Security will commence from July 2016.