MITSOT – ISACA Conference on Cyber Security

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From being labeled as an unconventional career few years back, to now being celebrated as one of the most key career options Telecom today drives India’s growth. An important constituent of the acclaimed MAAER’s MIT Group of Institutions, which has a legacy of 33 glorious years of excellence in education, MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT) has played a pivotal role in manufacturing and nurturing talent to drive India into the future of communications.​

Established in the year 2007, MITSOT has proven to be a leading institution & premier place of learning in the country and attracts the best & brightest students. MITSOT is also the first Telecom Institute in India to be accredited with Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC). With flagship telecom programs and events, international faculties delivering full-fledged courses through their industry expertise massive Open Online courses inculcated in the academic pedagogy, MITSOT is an institute that has excelled to redefine telecom academics.

Th​e aforementioned Conference will have benefit of presence of renowned Experts from the Government, Police Department and Industry. It aims to focus on Understanding the Digital Age, its challenges and opportunities; a Panel Discussion on Technology Risk Management of Business, Career Chat for students’ benefit on Choosing a Career in Cyber Security and a Live Demo. One of the highlights of the Conference will be the Keynote Address by Mr Bhanupratap Barge, ACP & Pune Chief of Anti-Terrorism Squad who will, as part of his address, also focus on “TerrorStorm:the rise of Digital Terrorism“.​

Need to Focus on Cyber Security

As estimated by NASSCOM’s Cyber security Task Force, India needs 1 million trained cyber security professionals by 2025. The current estimated number in India is 62,000. Cyber security environment in India is fast changing due to growing realization of threats of cyber-attacks and cyber-crimes. India is presently facing many sophisticated cyber security problems and challenges that need attention of our policy makers. It is equally important to establish a strong, robust and resilient cyber security infrastructure in India on priority basis. This must include creation of offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities of India.

About ISACA:

ISACA (www.isaca.org) is a professional, non for profit organization with six thousand members in India and over one lakh members globally. ISACA certifications, research and frameworks are global benchmarks in areas of IT Security, IT Governance and IS Audit. ISACA has many years of experience creating knowledge, skills, standards and certificates. Over the past four decades, it has created highly respected certifications like CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls) and CGEIT (Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT). ISACA recently introduced a new Cyber security Fundamentals certificate. This will be followed by Cyber security Professionals certificates in mid-2015. Worldwide, there is a significant shortage of skilled cyber security  professionals.  The  Enterprise  Strategy Group  reports  that 83  percent  of  enterprises  lack the necessary skills to protect their IT assets. Through Cyber security Nexus, ISACA makes a firm commitment to address the skills crisis and do for cyber-security professionals what we’ve done (and will continue to do) for audit, control and governance professionals over the past 45 years.

Concept of the MIT-ISACA Students Chapter / group is as follows:

The group will be formed with minimum of 20 students who are interested in IT security domain. It will have one academic advocate who will be a full time teacher of the college. He will be member of ISACA and all members benefit will be provided to him. The first year of his membership is free. His role is to promote ISACA principles, standards and practices within the group. Students do not need membership to form a student group. This committee members can be changed as per your need and wish. The activities could be in the nature of – arranging lectures, workshops, competitions, conducting IT security awareness sessions at the campus etc. This group is recognized by ISACA, USA and once recognized its information will be displayed on the web-site. It will be associated with ISACA Pune Chapter and can take benefit of all the activities conducted by Pune Chapter. Students will immensely benefit as they will get a chance to interact with global leaders, will have access to high quality material developed by professionals across the globe, e-library and student community of the world. There is also an employment portal where students can upload their cvs and get alerts for requirements, provided they become members. Another attraction is ISACA has developed curriculum for IS Audit and IT security. The colleges can use this excellent material provided they fulfill certain criteria fixed by ISACA. SCIT, Pune has been recently approved to use this curriculum.