NASSCOM partners with Symantec for building cyber security skills in India
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Symantec, the global leader in cyber security, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for “Building Cyber Security Skills”, an initiative to develop world-class skilled and certified professionals. The MoU was signed in the presence of R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM and Michael A. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec.
R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM while talking about the MoU said, “This is a positive step towards our objective to address the cyber security issue at large. This partnership will enable the industry to map existing and future skills requirements and plug its demand-supply gap. The program will also focus on developing pioneering models for scaling capacity and enhancing employability through assessments and certifications. We would like to thank Symantec for coming forward for this crucial initiative.”
With the rise of Internet related crimes, cyber security has become an area of focus for NASSCOM and its member organizations, and the association has launched several initiatives to promote data protection, security, privacy codes and standards. Also, the role of security professionals over the years has undergone major transformation, leading to a sharp rise in the need for a larger and more dynamic cyber security workforce.
Talking about Symantec’s association with NASSCOM, Michael A. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec said “With the rise in targeted attacks aimed at Indian enterprises and consumers, cyber security has become more important than ever before. As a leader in cyber security, Symantec is deeply committed to addressing the workforce skills gap in this area. With the partnership with NASSCOM, we are taking the first big step towards building cyber security skills in India. The initiative will also facilitate internships and placement of certified candidates, and is an extension in India of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), a program launched last year to attract and train young adults and women in the field of cyber security.”
With the global IT Security market estimated to be USD 77 billion in 2015 and grow at over 8% annually, NASSCOM has been actively working towards building capacity for the sector. Recently, NASSCOM and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) launched the NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force to help build India as a global hub for providing cyber security solutions, developing cyber security R&D plan and developing a skilled workforce of cyber security experts.
(Source: Press release)