Fewer than 1% of engineering students skilled in secure programming

India plans to have a workforce of five lakh cyber security professionals by 2015, according to cyber security policy


EC Council said on Thursday it also found a mere 13% of engineering students to be trainable in the InfoSec domain with nearly 86% unskilled even on InfoSec basics. Photo: Mint
EC Council said on Thursday it also found a mere 13% of engineering students to be trainable in the InfoSec domain with nearly 86% unskilled even on InfoSec basics. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Fewer than 1% of Indian engineering students are skilled in secure programming in the field of information technology, according to the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC Council), one of the world’s largest certification bodies for information security professionals.

Declaring the results of Code-Uncode, India’s first and largest talent hunt for secure programmers, the EC Council said on Thursday it also found a mere 13% of engineering students to be trainable in the InfoSec (information security) domain with nearly 86% unskilled even on InfoSec basics.

According to the national cyber security policy, India plans to have a workforce of 500,000 cyber security professionals by 2015.

Code-Uncode, which was launched last year to address gaps in the IT security profession, is India’s first nationwide secure programming competition covering both students and professionals.

The top two positions for Code-Uncode were won by Thapar University, Patiala, and the third place was won by the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences, Vishakhapatnam.

Rishabh Arora from Hoshiarpur took the first position, Akshay Mehra from Delhi was the first runner-up and Abhilash Gandreti from Vishakhapatnam the second runner-up.

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