A question I get asked a lot these days is, how did I get into the field of Cyber Security? Ever since I started using computers, I’ve been fascinated and thrilled by this field. I started hacking (in it’s true sense) at an early age of 14. The first time I tried to install Linux, I accidentally deleted the entire hard drive, thus loosing all my data with it. This happened when I was in 8th standard, so there wasn’t much awareness about the importance of backups. With time my adventures continued. But I officially entered this field three years back. That’s a story for another day.
At the time when I did my 12th, there weren’t many Universities offering a course in Cyber Security or Information Security and even those who did weren’t well known. However, today time has changed. A lot of universities and colleges of national and international repute have started offering a degree course in this field. Students now have the flexibility to enter this field either right after 12th or after completing their graduation. Besides degree courses there are a international organizations like ISACA, (ISC)2, EC-Council, DRI, DSCI etc. which provide internationally accepted certifications in this field.
The aim of this article is to provide guidance to those who wish to enter this field, either at graduate or post graduate level. A list of institutions providing these courses is given below, along with a link to the course curriculum (wherever possible).
Courses in Cyber Security at Undergraduate Level
A prerequisite for any Cyber Security professional is to have a good understanding of Computer Science. For this purpose, interested students can pursue B. Tech/ B.E. in Computer Science or Information Technology. However, there are a few universities which offer specialization in Cyber Security at Undergraduate level. These are:
|B.Tech Computer Science & Engineering with specialization in IT Security & Cyber Forensics in association with IBM||UPES, Dehradun||http://goo.gl/B5TJBt|
|B.Tech. Information Technology with specialization in Cyber Security||HITS, Chennai||https://goo.gl/xRHybt|
Courses in Cyber Security at Graduate Level
Post B. Tech./B.E. the options open up. There are many government as well as private universities/colleges offering Master’s in Cyber Security, in both areas, technology and management.
|M. Tech in Information Security||ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior||http://goo.gl/rkcwIf|
|M. Tech in Information Security||Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar||http://goo.gl/Z67Pkw|
|M. Tech in Cyber Laws and Information Security||IIIT, Allahabad||https://goo.gl/L3P4qc|
|M. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering – Information Security||NIT Karnataka, Surathkal||http://goo.gl/fvWO9D|
|M.Tech in Information Systems Security Engineering||NIT, Jamshedpur||http://goo.gl/sEFCAq|
|M.Tech. Information Security||MNNIT, Allahabad||http://goo.gl/4s57g7|
|M.Tech in Information security||MANIT, Bhopal||http://goo.gl/dzzgnp|
|M. Tech. in Information Security||NIT, Rourkela||http://goo.gl/1VMgOM|
|M. Tech. in Cyber Security||Amrtia University||https://goo.gl/fgBN8D|
|M.Tech.(CSE) with specialization in Information Security||Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi||https://goo.gl/FK4Yeu|
Courses in Cyber Security at Doctorate Level
Following are few colleges offering Ph.D courses in this field:
|Ph.D. in Information Security||ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior||http://goo.gl/mpcVcN|
|M. TECH- PH.D. DUAL DEGREE IN CLIS||IIIT, Allahabad||https://goo.gl/L3P4qc|
Please note that above mentioned lists are indicative, there might be other universities/colleges offering similar courses which I have not included. The list will be updated on a regular basis based on the inputs received from readers and my own research. Interested readers may also want to go through this article, published in The Hindu, December 12, 2010.
Uday Mittal is a cybersecurity professional with rich working experience working with various industries including telecom, publishing, consulting and finance. He holds internationally recognized certifications such as CRTP, OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC among others. He speaks on cybersecurity awareness, offensive security research etc. and has authored various articles on topics related to cyber security and software development for a leading magazine on open source software.