NASSCOM and Symantec ink MoU to build cyber security skills

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) announced its partnership with Symantec, a cyber security solutions vendor, to build cyber security skills.

R Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM and Michael A Brown, president and chief executive officer of Symantec, have signed an MoU.

Sector Skill Council (SSC) NASSCOM and DSCI along with Symantec will focus on developing five prioritized job roles in cyber security along with a master training program. The program aims to fund the scholarship for 1,000 women undertaking the cyber security certification by NASSCOM. The initiative also aims to facilitate internships and placement of the certified candidates, said Symantec and NASSCOM.
Nasscom in pact with Symantec on cyber security skills
“This partnership will enable the industry to map existing and future skills requirements and plug its demand-supply gap. The program will focus on developing pioneering models for scaling capacity and enhancing employability through assessments and certifications,” said R Chandrashekhar, president of NASSCOM.

The demand for the security professionals is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with projected shortfall of 1.5 million. The global IT Security market is estimated to be $77 billion in 2015, growing at over 8 percent annually.

“With the partnership with NASSCOM, we are taking the first step towards building cyber security skills in India. The initiative will facilitate internships and placement of certified candidates, and is an extension in India of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), a program launched last year to attract and train young adults and women in the field of cyber security,” said Michael A Brown, president and CEO of Symantec.

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