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The shift away from paper records and the overt dependence on computers to boost proficiency has created new challenges for both the government and private companies, as they defend intellectual property, scrutinise fraud, and guard their reputations from external threats.
With cyber crime rife, a need is being felt that private players should be given the space to contribute to securing information at least as a support structure to the government.
Recently, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora highlighted the need for protection of information technology infrastructure in the country and revealed that by 2015, at least 4.7 lakh cyber security professionals would be required for this task.
National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon had also called for engagement with the private sector to strengthen the country’s cyber security apparatus.
Of late, quite a few private players have been seen to emerge as the support structure to reduce the number of cyber attacks inflicted on IT infrastructure deployed in various sectors.
To fullfill the increasing demands of cyber security professionals in the country, Appin Security, based out of Delhi, is running a number of research and training centres on cyber forensics.
In the past three months, Appin Security has established eight training centres – two in Bangalore and one each in Pune, Greater Noida, Coimbatore, Modi Nagar (Ghaziabad), Unnao (UP) and Berhampur (Orissa). The increase in training facilities is indicative of young professionals being inclined towards taking up cudgels in India’s fight against cyber crime.
Identifying the hazard of cyber attacks from a host of hostile entities – ranging from domestic saboteurs to foreign rivals – Appin Security’s initiative intends to train as many information security professionals as possible in the coming years to meet a critical gap in India’s IT defences.