Cybersecurity faces huge labor shortage – Association

Over five lakh jobs in cyber security are opening up while there are hardly 2,000 trained for this job, said leading business chamber ASSOCHAM at a workshop on “Cyber and Network security” organized here at New Delhi.

Dilip Chenoy MD and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation said this was an underestimate.

”With some 44 million small and medium enterprises in the country even if five per cent of them require cyber security personnel of one each the requirement would go up by many factors. The NSDC was holding a stakeholders dialogue on this issue of security personnel embedded in enterprises and create a job map”. “We need cyber security personnel even schools” he pointed out.

With the kind of threat to the computer systems from various quarters that were emerging, “we need 100 per cent competency standards in the area”, Mr. Chenoy pointed out calling for new standards to be established to make networks attack proof.

On the type of attacks on networks, two academics, Prof. Prabaharan from Amrita University and Dr. Anupam Joshi Director, UMBC Center for Cyber Security and Cyber Scholars Programme explained how “sophisticated attackers were launching multi-step attacks”. According to Dr. Joshi, the defense against these attacks if patterned on the old trench warfare model, it would not suffice. He called for defense looking at the entire field. “look outward, not inward”, the cyber expert advised networks. Prof. Prabaharan revealed how the attacks had grown in to over 325 Gigabits size. Not only against networks, even mobile phones were being targeted by multiple attacks.

Dr. Debu Nayak, chief security officer, Huawei Telecommunication India assured that the upcoming 4G Mobile Broadband Network in this country was being secured against multiple cyber attacks and his company that is spend as much as 600 million dollars in research on cyber security was working on 5G Mobile Broadband Network also to secure it against such attacks. Next generation firewall would secure the 4G network with “every part of Huawei and every person getting included in the company’s “built-in strategy”. Cloud specific security framework was also being provided for 4G Cloud.

Others who spoke included Rajesh Chharia, President ISPAI, Dr. Govind, CEO of National Internet Exchange of India and Mr. Babulal Jain, chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber and Network Security. Mr. Jain announced the existence of an institutional arrangement in ASSOCHAM for helping commercial entities to obtain cyber security assistance.