Anna university to serve as hub for cyber security training

With an agenda to create awareness among students on cyber security, Nasscom along with the Tamil Nadu government, will soon launch a faculty training program on online frauds and security breaches across colleges and universities. Anna University will be the hub for implementing the state-wide program.

The course content was released by state IT minister M Manikandan, fisheries minister D Jayakumar and vice president of Nasscom (IT-ITeS), Sandhya Chintala, at Anna University. Jayakumar said that with technology developing in a fast pace, awareness on cybercrimes was crucial for schools and colleges. After the development of courseware, training of faculty will be undertaken. A R&D centre for excellence that will boost innovation in the space will also be set up.

“With 3D printing, big data, AI, blockchain technology and social media, cyber technology is poised to change the way we live, talk and learn. Data connectivity and AI will rule in the future and cyber is the base as it cuts across different sectors and industries,” said Chintala.
According to Nasscom, there will be 5.2 million jobs available in this space in the next 5 to 7 years. “We are seeing if Chennai can become an industrial hub for this space, as industries also feel the same,” she added

Nasscom is also in talks with the school education department to see if the program can be percolated to the school level where digital usage is on the rise. Manikandan said that the government aims to make 10% space for IT and incubation in the state and is developing ICT policy 2018 taking in the latest industry trends into account.