The department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur has been offering a
number of courses in Cyber Security related subjects for the last 4 years. Multiple
members in the department are engaged in research projects related to cyber security.
Therefore, the department feels that it has a the faculty strength to create new degree
specializing in cyber security.
Simultaneously, the NASSCOM projects that the country needs cyber security professionals
large numbers – approximately 1 million currently. These professionals also need to have
degrees of expertise, in order to fulfill their job obligations. The possible roles in
jobs are cyber vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) engineers,
operations center (SoC) analysts, security strategists, developers of cyber security
technologies, cyber security policy developers, researchers, and chief information
officers (CISO)s etc.
Additionally, a number of Army and Navy officials have personally visited IIT Kanpur,
requested that specialized Masters programs in Cyber Security be offered to defense
who upon completion of their degrees here – could join various positions at the defense
(Computer Emergency Response Team), the WESEE (Weapons and Electronics Engineering
Center, Indian Navy), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) , Defense Cyber Agency
where cyber security professionals are urgently required.
While the CSE Department of IIT Kanpur already decided to offer MTech, MS, and BT-MT
specializations in Cyber Security from July 2021, these on campus programs will be
limited in terms of number of students that can be accommodated. On the other hand, the
demand from working professionals who wish to pursue a cyber security career is much
than our on-campus cyber security masters programs can handle. This motivated the
department of CSE to enlarge the scope of the cyber security knowledge sharing by also
introducing an e-Masters program.