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|There are many courses that train computer professionals who can ensure appropriate steps in the design, development, operation, and maintenance of security systems.|
Good prospects: Students with the right qualification in cyber security are in demand.
In the three previous issues we discussed the essentials of cyber security, bringing out its significance in the safe use of computers and the Internet. We need technically trained professionals to ensure appropriate steps in the design, development, operation, and maintenance of security systems. Those who possess the right qualification have fine career opportunities. Most of the programmes would touch on several vital areas of security including the following:
Advanced computer architecture and security analysis
Application-level vulnerabilities, attacks, and defences
Containment, eradication, and recovery
Database and application security
Digital hardware modelling
Hacker techniques, exploits and incident handling
Information security and risk management
Information theory and coding
Internetworking and security
Intrusion detection systems and prevention
Legal issues in incident handling
Mobile and wireless network security
Pattern recognition for computer security
Proactive and reactive defences
Secure Internet programming
Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, Malicious Mobile Code
Let us look at some of the facilities for training in this discipline.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, offers M.Tech. degree course in computer science with specialisation in information security. It is a four-semester programme with two semesters devoted to thesis research. Candidates are required to register for at least three security-related elective courses offered by the department. The Department of Information Technology, Government of India, supports the programme. Eligibility for admission is a B.Tech. or equivalent degree and a valid GATE score. Candidates with professional qualifications like AMIE recognised by AICTE are also eligible to apply. Ph: 0361-2582400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Morena Link Road, Gwalior, offers M.Tech. degree course in information communication technology with specialisation in information security (Main courses: information privacy and computer security, modern cryptography, network management and security as core subjects, and lightweight security, verification of security protocols, access control system and methodology, telecommunications, network and Internet security, digital rights management, special topics in information security, cyber laws and information crime as electives. Admission is done through GATE followed by personal interview. Phone: 0751-2449720; web site: www.iiitm.ac.in; e-mail:email@example.com.
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Deoghat, Jhalwa, Allahabad, offers two-year M.Sc. course in cyber law and information security. Eligibility: BE / B.Tech. / PG degree / L.L.B. or equivalent. Main courses: legal dimensions of IPR in cyber world; e-business security; IT Act, information assurance and e-governance/ data information and cryptography; Internet architecture and network security/ networking and network security; secured software engineering; identity and access management; wireless network and security; data/ information and cryptography; computer forensics and digital evidence; security audit; technical risk assessment software protection; BCP and DRP plagiarism detection tools; cryptographic protocol modelling and simulation; authentication protocol IP packet analysis. Phone: 91-532-2922000; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.iiita.ac.in.
The selection through entrance examination (65 per cent marks) and interview (35 per cent marks). Syllabus for entrance examination: Law: Constitution of India, CRPC, IPC, Contract Act, Negotiable Instruments Act, information technology: fundamentals of computer, Internet technologies, analytical and reasoning capabilities, and general knowledge.
National Institute of Technology, Calicut, offers M.Tech. course in computer science and engineering with specialisation in information security. Eligibility: BE / B.Tech. in computer science and engineering with 60 per cent marks, or a first class MCA and a valid GATE score in computer science and engineering. The selection is based on the GATE score.
For sponsored candidates and foreign nationals GATE score is not required. The selection of these candidates is based on marks in the qualifying examination and /or performance in the interview. Phone: 0495-2286118; e-mail: email@example.com; web site: www.nitc.ac.in.
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, offers M.Tech. degree course in computer science and engineering with specialisation in information security. Eligibility: BE/ B.Tech. or equivalent degree in any branch of engineering, or MCA with GATE scores in computer science. The selection is based on GATE percentile. Phone: 0661-2462031; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.nitrkl.ac.in.
Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore, offers M.Tech. degree course in cyber security. Eligibility: BE/ B.Tech. degree course in computer science and engineering/ IT / ECE or equivalent with a minimum of 60 per cent marks. The admission based on academic merit and an Interview / Group Discussion. Candidates with a valid GATE score are given preference. Phone: 0422-2656422; e-mail: email@example.com; web site: http://engineering.amrita.
Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Geeta Colony, East Delhi, affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, offers M.Tech. degree course in information security. Phone: 011 22048047; web site: www.ait.delhigovt.nic.in.
SRM University, SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, offers M.Tech. degree course in information security and computer forensics. Eligibility: BE/ B. Tech. degree (CSE/ IT/ ECE / EEE), M.Sc. degree (computer science/ IT/ electronics), or MCA. Main areas covered: cryptology, network security, computer forensics, secure coding, ethical hacking, mobile and wireless security, virus programming, Unix administration and security, computer and Internet security management, information security risk analysis, information security audit, database security, multimedia security. Phone: 044-27452270; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.srmuniv.ac.in.
The selection is on the basis of performance in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination of SRM University (SRMEEE). Candidates with a valid GATE score can also apply for admission.
Kalasalingam University, Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, M.Tech. degree course in computer science and engineering with specialisation in information assurance and security. The selection is on the basis of performance in the entrance examination of Kalasalingam University.
GATE-qualified students will get scholarships. Entry qualification: BE / B.Tech. in computer science and engineering, IT, electronics and communication or allied branches, or MCA, or M.Sc. degree in computer science / IT / electronics. Phone: 04563-289042, e-mail:email@example.com; web site: www.kalasalingam.ac.in.
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, offers M.Tech. degree course in computer networks and information security. The selection is based on an all-India examination conducted by the university at different centres spread all over the country, followed by an interview. Entry qualification BE / B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering/ IT. Phone: 040-23158661; web site: www.jntu.ac.in.
International Institute of Information Technology, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, offers M.Tech. degree course in computer science and information security. Eligibility: B.Tech. degree in computer science/ ECE/ IT or MCA with B.Sc.(maths) or M.Sc.(maths/ computer science). The selection is based on the performance at the postgraduate and Ph.D. entrance examination and an interview to be held at Hyderabad. Phone: 040-66531000; web site: www.iiit.ac.in.
School of Computer Science, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Takshashila Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore, offers M.Tech. degree course in computer science with specialisation in network management and information security. Eligibilty: GATE-qualified in computer science and engineering/ ECE with four years of study in computer science/ computer applications at university level BE/ B.Tech. degree course (in CSE/ IT/ computer-related subject) / M.C.A / M.Sc.(CS /IT) / M.Sc.(mathematics/ statistics) with at least 55 per cent marks in aggregate. For non-GATE candidates, admission through written test and interview. Phone: 0731-2438546; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.scs.dauniv.ac.in.
DOEACC Centre, NIT Campus, Calicut, offers six-month long postgraduate diploma in information security and system administration. Eligibility: Graduates with IT, computer science or electronics as optional subjects, graduate in engineering, MCA, DOEACC - O level, A Level, B Level, PGDCA or diploma. Phone: 0495-2287266; e-mail: email@example.com.
There are several foreign universities and other institutions that provide opportunities for higher studies and research in different areas of cyber security. A few such institutions are indicated below:
Johns Hopkins University, USA, offers Master of science degree in security informatics. Web link: http://cyber.jhu.edu.
University of Bristol, U.K., offers, M.Sc. degree in advanced computing. Web site:www.bris.ac.uk.
SANS Technology Institute, Maryland, USA, offers Master's degree in information security. Web site: www.sans.edu.
This list is only indicative. Full details have to be gathered, if you aim at graduate study or research abroad in the realm of cyber security.