The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the education sector massively and caused chaos among students. There is uncertainty and confusion about career opportunities, job availability, and general wellbeing. Mr. Sanjay Sengupta, Co-Founder and CTO, WhizHack Technologies is speaking to us to open new avenues for students and equip them with skills that will make them known in the New World Order.
Q1. What cybersecurity training is there in India and how is WhizHack changing the cybersecurity training culture?
For several years, cybersecurity education was based primarily on book learning and theory, with limited hands-on training based on open source tools. This type of training will not result in a good cyber security position without hands-on experience with commercial tools and conceptual knowledge.
We’re reshaping the way cybersecurity thinks and fundamentally changing the way job seekers and employers see the marketplace. On the one hand, we offer comprehensive knowledge competencies that enable freshmen to be prepared for cyber defense positions directly in the company, and it also prevents the loss of time and resources in admitting and retraining freshmen when they are in their work flow enter.
Q2. What is Whizhack’s course offering and how can you tailor it to the demands of the job market in the country.
WhizHack offers the first and only dual certificate program that combines in-depth conceptual training from the IIT Jodhpur Faculty and hands-on expertise in Israeli laboratories as per a global framework.
Our students are prepared to successfully qualify for positions that include 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
Q3. How has an association with IIT – Jodhpur strengthened the foundation of the program that WhizHack offers
Not only does the course provide strong academic mentoring from IIT Jodhpur, but it is also backed by Cybint, Israel to train learners in advanced cyber defense techniques. The 6-month part-time course prepares students from all disciplines, with or without a technical background, for entering the cyber security industry as specialists. Among many other unique suggestions, I’d like to highlight that this course isn’t just geared towards the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework in the US, and the CompTIA Security + Course, which graduates at work in different parts of the world supported.
Q4. In addition to formal education, how can students evolve to face competition in a constantly changing and evolving area like cybersecurity?
Cyber security is a very dynamic field, as you rightly said, and at the same time very exciting. That is a potential for unsurpassed professional success. However, this is an area where you need to keep updating your knowledge to keep up with your peers and keep up with best practices. Pursuing the latest technology and other breakthroughs must become second nature. As most students tend to lose knowledge gained after completing their training, we offer one year of extended access to Israeli laboratories with the latest commercial tools for easy hiring by top employers. You should religiously follow the latest technological developments used by cyber criminals in India and abroad. It is also imperative to actively participate and contribute to cyber defense communities and to have a network of strong mentors at both the industrial and academic levels. This is to give the students a head start and the steady growth that the industry demands of you.
F5. What is the current position in the country on cyber defense professionals and how do you see the industry in the next five to ten years?
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 cybersecurity roles, followed by those in the 20-24 and 30-34 age groups.
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