TCS and UK government create cyber policy scholarship for Indian professionals

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TCS and UK government create cyber policy scholarship for Indian professionals

Shaleen Sinha

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK government have jointly launched a cyber security and public policy education program.

The Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy

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is targeted at mid-career professionals in India who have the potential to be future leaders, and will prepare them for the increasingly complex world of cyber security and policy.

The program builds on bilateral interactions between India and the UK on the subject of cyber security.

“This is a pioneering course that not only covers the technical side of cyber security, but also brings together the related areas of public policy, such as internet governance, national security, crime prevention, and enabling online commerce and freedom of expression. This is an excellent example of the UK-India partnership in cyber policy,” said Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office of the UK government.

Initially, six Indian nationals will be selected to undergo a 12-week program in the UK to develop expertise and skills in the areas of cyber security, information assurance and online governance challenges.

“This initiative is very well timed and falls right under one of the objectives of the National Cyber Security Policy. Security challenges are not specific to any geographic locations. It cuts across boundaries and geographies. And this initiative will be welcomed by the Indian IT industry because these partnerships will allow countries to work together and have a hybrid approach towards security,” said Manatosh Das, senior analyst at Forrester Research.

Students will have great opportunity of building various skill sets, both technical and non-technical, at a global level.

But Das said students must get hands-on industry experience: “It would be great for the students to be exposed to real industry issues and more industry-specific security training – such as banking, financial services and insurance, telecoms, and retail. Studying in a classroom is very different to the firefighting scenarios in industry, so these kinds of programmes must aim at bridging this gap,” said Das.