University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have asked universities and technical institutions to introduce cyber security and information security as a subject at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.
With the growing need to control cyber crime, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have asked universities and technical institutions to introduce cyber security and information security as a subject at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. The National Security System (NSS) headed by former cabinet secretary Naresh Chandra, nudged this change.
A task force was then initiated by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and was mandated to review existing processes, procedures and practices in the national security system and to suggest measures to strengthen the national security apparatus.
AICTE has asked its institutes, who are expanding their courses to include computer science or information technology, to add one of the four courses on the post graduate level:
- Cyber security
- Information technology (information and cyber warfare)
- Biometrics and cyber security
- Cyber forensics
- Information security
AICTE chairman S S Mantha said that institutes had been given a deadline till month-end to apply. Answering the demand for such a course he said, "At the post-graduate level I am sure there will be a demand. Cyber security is an important issue and experts are required all over the world. We have the best IT expertise and we should leverage that."
In a 2012 NASSCOM report recommendations of creating a national structure for cyber security, which clearly defines roles and responsibilities for every stakeholder, creating a critical information infrastructure in the country to provide the required visibility over the critical information infrastructure and help prioritize deployment and monitoring of the protection measures, was made. It also advised law enforcement agencies to build capacity in areas of cyber crime investigations and cyber forensics by establishing training facilities in every state and Union Territory. These require a trained manpower which India is woefully short of at present.