Kolkata: The Bengal government is all set to produce cyber security professionals and will create around one lakh new jobs in the field annually. Bengal is the first state in the country, which will ensure a supply pool of cyber security specialists in various government departments, to iron out the cyber threats which are major causes of concern for the government.
Following the instruction of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bengal government will introduce a course on “Cyber Security” in the undergraduate level, so that students get an edge in getting job not only in the Information Technology (IT) sector, but also in the police force.
With the job market for cyber security professionals thriving, the state government is very active in supporting both private enterprises and government entities to prevent new cyber threats. According to a top government official, there is a plan to create one lakh jobs in the field of cyber security annually. To fill up various posts, the state government will roll out a specific curriculum for the new course.
The Chief Minister has recently instructed the state Higher Education department to chalk out plans on how to introduce the course in college level. State Information Technology (IT) and Electronics department will assist the Higher Education department in framing the syllabus. An IT expert said that the entire country is facing a major shortage of skilled cyber security professionals, while various government websites are vulnerable to cyber threats. To combat the situation, more security experts and IT professionals need to recruited, he said.
According to the initial plans, the cyber security course will be started in IIIT and all the colleges under Calcutta University. Students would be provided the basic knowledge on networking and operating system.
The state government has already set up West Bengal Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (WBCS-CoE) in New Town, to deal with the increasing number of cyber-offences in the state. A workshop was held on cyber security at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.