TalentSprint, IIT Kanpur launch cyber security programme

Dr Santanu Paul, MD & CEO, TalentSprint, at the launch of the IIT Kanpur and TalentSprint partnership.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based TalentSprint has partnered with IIT Kanpur to launch an Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense. The six-month programme will have 120 hours of learning.

The programme is designed for current and aspiring professionals who are keen to explore and exploit the latest trends in cyber security technologies. A combination of deep academic rigor and intense practical approach will allow participants to master in-demand skills and build expertise.

The first cohort with a batch size of 50 will start by early 2020. The programme will be delivered in an executive-friendly format with immersion bootcamps at the IIT Kanpur campus, complemented by live online interactive sessions via the TalentSprint digital platform.

Programme participants will also get direct exposure to Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security and Cyber Defence of Critical Infrastructures (C3i) and its research expertise during their visits to IIT Kanpur. In addition, TalentSprint will curate state-of-the-art capstone projects for program participants, and actively leverage its digital platform for the purpose of accelerated experiential learning.

Dr Manindra Agrawal, program director and professor of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur, said, “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 defence experts to combat these threats is becoming all the more important. Our programme will leverage the deep research capabilities of C3i to arm technology professionals with the right expertise to counter a wide range of emerging threats and vulnerabilities.”

Dr Santanu Paul, co-founder and CEO of TalentSprint, said, “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 per cent of the companies have vacant positions suggesting a cumulative global shortfall of 1.5 million such professionals.”

Speaking on the occasion, Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, IT, Government of Telangana, said, “The cybersecurity centre of excellence (CoE) set up in Hyderabad can help TalentSprint and IIT Kanpur with the use cases. Telangana government would be keen to continue being engaged with the participants of the course even after completion of the certification.”

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