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Lucknow, NFAPost: As part of its initiative to come up with advanced courses in information technology, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has introduced three new master’s programmes in cybersecurity that will commence from August 2021.

According to institute release, these courses are in addition to a dedicated centre for cybersecurity to address this need and to meet the shortfall in trained and skilled cybersecurity personnel in the country.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) will offer the three new master’s programmes – M Tech, MS by Research and BT-MT Dual Degree with a limited number of seats. IIT Kanpur plans to gradually scale this up in size and scope of the department with new emerging technologies where there is massive skill requirement.

The MS by Research in Cybersecurity programme will have 15 seats on offer- 10 students through GATE score /industry sponsorship, and 5 students from Defence and other strategic government bodies.

The BT-MT dual programme is only open to the institute students. The application process will commence between April to May, states the IIT-Kanpur officials.

The M Tech programme in Cyber Security will equip students with skills necessary to be successful in roles such as VAPT (Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing) engineers, security center analysts, CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) engineers, cybersecurity tool developers and other roles.

The MS by Research programme is designed to train cybersecurity researchers, technology developers, cybersecurity strategists, and top-level cybersecurity policy designers. An option for BT-MT dual degree students is proposed that will enable them to specialise in cybersecurity, the institute informed.

The successful candidates can take up responsibilities at CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), WESEE (Weapons and Electronics Engineering Centre, Indian Navy), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defence Cyber Agency (DCyA), other cybersecurity roles.

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