Tvm: If there’s one thing Rajesh Babu is passionate about, it is, arguably, information systems security. So much so, that he’s all set to groom cyber commandos to secure India’s information networks. Rajesh, CEO of the Thiruvananthapuram based Mirox Cyber Security and Technology Pvt. Ltd., is the driving force behind the initiative to set up the Cyberforce Academy to train information security professionals for governments and corporates.
“Information security is the next big business vertical. And there are just not enough properly trained professionals to cater to the information security needs of organisations in India,” he told Kerala IT News. The Cyberforce Academy is intended to address the demand for information security professionals and will also work to sensitise people about the need for information security, he added.
Training is, of course, not new to Mirox. Almost two years old, the company operates out of the business incubator at Technopark Thiruvananthapuram. Besides developing customised security solutions for its clients, it also offers training programmes in information security.
Through its association with the US-based International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) – an organisation that certifies people in e-business and information security skills – Mirox has been offering programmes such as the Certified Ethical Hacker. The company is, in fact, an Accredited Training Centre and Authorised Training Partner for the EC-Council, Rajesh pointed out.
If all goes according to plan, the Cyberforce Academy will offer both short and long-term courses in various aspects of information security. Its flagship offering will be a two-year, full-time Masters in Cyber Security that will train people in all aspects of information security – from design and implementation to the management of information security systems, said Rajesh. “It will give students immersion training,” he pointed out. Also on the cards is a shorter, post-graduate diploma programme in information security, and a similar six-month diploma programme.
To run these programmes, Mirox will draw on the expertise of its existing partner, the EC-Council, Babu explained. He is also working on establishing academic ties with Indian Universities, including those based in Kerala. The plan is to first offer the training programmes in Thiruvananthapuram and then take them to other locations in Kerala and India, he added.
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Sankar is Contributing Editor, Kerala IT News and blogs @ Not Too Random