During the first quarter of 2022, India witnessed over 18 million attacks and threats, averaging nearly two lakh threats per day, data from the Cyber Safety Pulse Report 2022 revealed. from Norton. This, therefore, has led to an increase in demand for cybersecurity experts across all industries, Sunil C, COO, TeamLease Digital told FE Education Online. “We have seen a 6-7% increase in requests for cybersecurity professionals; however, the availability of the required talent pool is very low and hence upskilling and reskilling is needed to fill the gap,” he added.
Teamlease Digital’s report, namely “Digital Employment Outlook Report”, revealed that cybersecurity skills are expected to increase by 4-6%. Educational technology companies said they have seen an increase in demand for cybersecurity courses. Due to this growing demand, upGrad introduced a cybersecurity portfolio with certifications in FY22 and saw a 38% growth in enrollments in the first quarter of FY23 compared to second quarter versus last fiscal year, Arjun Mohan, Managing Director (CEO), upGrad, India claimed. “We plan to add more online courses to our cybersecurity portfolio in partnership with leading universities in the coming months,” the upGrad CEO added.
Similarly, online learning platform Coursera claimed that its IBM Cybersecurity Analyst professional certificate program saw a 75% increase in enrollment in India in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021. At this Kashyap Dalal , co-founder and chief commercial officer, Simplilearn added that cybersecurity programs grew 100% in enrollment compared to last year. “As part of this, the demand in the Indian market has increased by 250% while the United States (US) market has increased by 60%,” he said.
Meanwhile, national bodies such as the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) have come forward to downplay the cybersecurity talent gap and have started offering courses. and training on the same subject. AICTE, through its “Digital Skilling” platform, offers free courses on cybersecurity and the NSDC additionally plans to train people on these emerging technologies. All these initiatives by public and private actors seem to be focused on building up the necessary workforce in the field of cybersecurity. However, the question remains as to when the demand for skilled labor will be met and industries will be able to cope with cyber threats.
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