Tata Communications has partnered with SASTRA University in Tamil Nadu to fund and establish a cyber security lab.
Beyond funding the lab, Tata Communications has also invested its technology and resources in this partnership. The course curriculum is being developed in conjunction with Tata Communications’ senior cyber security engineering team. Senior leadership and domain experts from the organisation will visit the lab as guest faculty and the university will receive extensive training on how to manage, operate and run the lab from a technical perspective.
Through this association, Tata Communications and SASTRA, which ranks among the top 300 universities in Asia, have built a curriculum in cyber security with a focus on training, developing and strengthening the practical application of cyber security, encompassing the process and technology elements of cyber threat detection and mitigation.
There are currently around 30,000 cybersecurity vacancies in India and according to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million cyber security job openings globally by 2021. The demand far exceeds supply. As the nature of cybercrime becomes more complex, there is an industry-wide need for skilled talent, to address these challenges head on.
“This lab will act as a catalyst to spark student interest in specialising in cyber security. As a result of this launch, we have already begun to see huge interest among our graduate and post-graduate students,” said Dr. Vaidhyasubramanian, Dean – Planning & Development, SASTRA.
“The new facility will help our students gain hands-on knowledge with access to mentors and guest lectures from senior Tata Communications staff, and real life case studies on how to mitigate cyber security risks with the latest cutting edge technologies,” added Vaidhyasubramanian
Formally inaugurating the lab, Madhusudhan Mysore, CEO, Tata Communications Transformation Services said, “Private organisations have the means, expertise and the technology to offer to Academia in order to create the right conditions and environment for students to learn and build on their theoretical and practical knowledge. We are very excited to play a role in enabling these young students to develop specialised skills and thrive, as they go on to become confident and accomplished professionals.”
“Cyber security professionals and students need to continuously update their skills and knowledge so that they can deal with new sophisticated threats and adapt their skills as needed,” said Srinivasan CR, Chief Digital Officer, Tata Communications.
Apart from SASTRA, Tata Communications also engages with Singapore University of Technology and Design by sponsoring Capstone projects on cyber security and offering coaching and access to Tata Communications’ technology to the students participating in those projects.