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ISACA, NASSCOM and DSCI Join Forces to Address Cyber Security Skills

ISACA, NASSCOM and DSCI Join Forces to Address Cybersecurity Skills Shortage in India

New Delhi, India, 1 June 2016: The cybersecurity skills shortage is impacting organizations throughout India and around the globe, with employers reporting difficulties hiring skilled candidates and preparing for cybersecurity threats. In fact, a recent study by ISACA and RSA Conference found that it often takes more than six months to fill a cybersecurity position—and even then, the majority of hiring managers (59%) say fewer than half of their cybersecurity candidates are sufficiently skilled upon hire.

To combat this problem, global IT and cybersecurity association ISACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and its Data Security Council of India (DSCI). NASSCOM and DSCI are developing a long-term road map for cybersecurity skills development in India, and ISACA will lend its expertise in this area to help drive this goal.

Cybersecurity is a business imperative,” said ISACA CEO Matthew S. Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE. “It is critical that we start building a pipeline of qualified cybersecurity candidates who can skillfully protect and defend their organizations, and enable them to deliver on their missions. Together, ISACA, NASSCOM and DSCI can make a significant impact in this area.”

The organizations will participate on joint projects, leverage each other’s insights and expertise, and collaborate on training initiatives.

Dr Sandhya Chintala, Vice President NASSCOM & Executive Director SSC NASSCOM, speaking on the occasion said, “With a distinct growth in the need for cybersecurity, there is a simultaneous requirement of qualified professionals to address the complex issues of intellectual property and privacy infringement. SSC NASSCOM is pleased to partner with ISACA with the objective of developing a roadmap for Cyber Security Skills Development (CSSD) in India. The partnership will bring to the fore ISACA’s global leadership in capacity building in this field, and we look forward to their contribution to achieving our long term goal of establishing India as a top destination for cybersecurity talent.”

ISACA established its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) in 2014 to address the growing skills shortage and help organizations develop their cybersecurity workforces. Through training, certifications—including CSX Practitioner, the first vendor-neutral, performance-based cybersecurity certification—conferences, career roadmaps and guidance, CSX is a resource for cyber professionals at every level of their careers. ISACA serves more than 140,000 professionals worldwide and has 10 local chapters in India. 

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