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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Thu Nov 01 2007 - 04:01:51 CDT
By Appaji Reddem
31 Oct, 2007
HYDERABAD: India is emerging as a global IT hub, but several companies
are yet to evolve mechanisms to protect their websites from hackers —
people trespassing computers — according to Ankit Fadia, the 21-year-old
computer whizkid and author of ‘The Unofficial Guide to Ethical
Hacking’. “I could hack a state-owned bank’s website or a government
communications website which shows the vulnerability.
Thousands of Indian websites are being hacked each day,” he said, after
a live demonstration here. According to him, the problem could be
addressed, in a large measure, through training an army of professionals
in cyber security. This has prompted several organisations to offer
courses in this segment to build talent pool.
Fadia was here to announce his association with the Ghaziabad-based
Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) for a oneyear diploma
course in cyber security programme through distance learning . “India is
an IT hub, but lags in cyber security. Students, after completing this
course, can be placed in organisations such as IT companies, banks,
retail chains and government establishments as cyber-security experts.
Many firms are keen on building internal information security teams to
protect the online applications and data,” he said. Ankit has been
working with institutes and universities in Singapore, North America,
Malaysia and China to offer courses on cyber security over the last four
years or so.
The University of Hyderabad offers a post-graduate diploma in cyber laws
and a diploma in cyber laws and intellectual property rights. Nearly 750
students have been trained so far.
The proposed Indian Institute for Information Technology in West Bengal
will also specialise in cyber-security related research and technology.
Cyber security is still perceived as a niche area in India due to the
dearth of professionals. Nasscom has projected a requirement of around
1.8 million cyber-security professionals by 2008. Analysts expect the
cyber security services market to grow by 100 times over the next five
years, opening up huge opportunities.
According to a report prepared by the cyber-security wing of the
department of information technology and the Indian Computer Emergency
Response Team (CERT), nearly 5,200 Indian websites were hacked in 2007.
Of this, nearly 2,770 were defaced by the hackers.
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