Q1. Cyber security training is quickly replacing programming as a career choice in technology. What the last decade was for coding, this decade may also do for cybersecurity. How and why did this tectonic shift come about?
A. Covid19 led to massive digital acceptance from 2020 onwards. This led to an explosion in cybercrime and cyber attacks. Cybersecurity has therefore become an absolute necessity for every company, whether private or state, when protecting their digital infrastructure. This has created a huge demand and supply gap for cyber security professionals that has resulted in unprecedented salary increases and freelancers, as opposed to programming that has seen steady growth in mostly IT companies.
Q2. What are the biggest gaps in the cybersecurity training segment in India? What makes WhizHack Technologies different?
A. We found that there is little standardization in cyber security training and hundreds of mom and pop training centers have sprung up to meet the growing demand. The problem is that gullible students take these courses with little or no employment prospects because these courses are largely theoretical and unrelated to industry. Most courses are taught using open source tools while employers seek practical skills from commercial tools with standardized certifications that are valued in India and abroad
Moving on to the next part of your question, we are 3 co-founders who together have over 90 years of collective experience building technology, complex training, and running New Age technology on a large scale. We recognize that for a developing country like India to overcome the threat of increased cybercrime and organized attacks, the most important thing is to build a complete cybersecurity management ecosystem. WhizHack is India’s first vertically integrated cybersecurity organization developing advanced surveillance systems, managing security services and training the next generation of employees for a secure cyber ecosystem.
Q3. What job profiles do you prepare your students for and what average remuneration can they expect on the market?
A. We prepare our students for a variety of positions that are in demand and match their new skills. These budding cyber security professionals can look at positions such as Cyber Forensics Analyst, Network Operations Specialist, Cyber Analyst, Cyber Incident Responder, and Cyber Infrastructure Support Specialist. The average starting salary is Rs. 5 lakhs per year for freshmen and Rs. 8 lakhs and more with experience. Most importantly, they get into core cybersecurity jobs that will lead them to grow their professional and financial growth by over 100% over the next several years.
Q4. How can budding cybersecurity professionals equip themselves to battle competition and thrive in a dynamic industry like this?
A. According to Michael Page, India is projected to have over 1.5 million cybersecurity vacancies by 2025, the second highest in the APAC region after China. According to Indeed, the median annual salary for the security specialist position in India is 889,265 yen. Job seekers in the 25-29 age group were most likely to find roles in cybersecurity, followed by those in the 20-24 and 30-34 age groups.
Cyber security offers enormous opportunities for professional success. However, this is an area where knowledge needs to be constantly updated, the latest technological developments used by cyber criminals in India and abroad, religiously persecuted, actively involved and contributed to cyber defense communities, and strong mentors (Knowledge + Industry) that can easily give you a head start of several years.
F5. How does a dual certification program at WhizHack help students pursuing careers in cyber defense?
A. The IIT Jodhpur TISC WhizHack, powered by Cybint, Israel, is India’s first and only dual certificate program in Advanced Cyber Defense. The program is unparalleled in its size and depth of knowledge development and empowerment. This is a 6 month part-time course and prepares students to enter the cybersecurity industry as a specialist. It offers the benefits of mixed training – live mentoring by the IIT Jodhpur faculty and 50% hands-on training in personalized cloud-based Israeli laboratories using the latest cyber defense techniques. This course is aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the US Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, and the CompTIA Security + Course, which helps graduates work in different parts of the world. The icing on the cake is access to commercial projects during training and one year extended access to Israeli laboratories with the latest commercial tools for easy hiring by top employers.
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