Bengaluru: To address the rising concerns of cyber security among its clients, Infosys Ltd is ramping up its cyber security unit by expanding its cyber defence centres (CDCs) and training professionals in niche skills. Globally, cyber security has become one of the top priorities for businesses, as per a recent survey Infosys conducted with their customers.

As part of its expansion plans, Infosys will be launching two new CDCs soon, one each in Indianapolis, US, and Mysore, in southern India, said Vishal Salvi, chief information security officer & head of cyber security at Infosys in an interview.

Infosys currently has five functional CDCs that offer managed security services to its global clients. Pune, Hyderabad and Bucharest (Romania) have a centre each and there are two in Bengaluru.

“Our global CDCs are powered with cyber next platform and delivering 24x7 next-gen managed security services with a combined capacity of 1,000+ seats," Salvi said.

Cyber security skills are in “huge demand" and therefore it’s a “zero bench situation" as far as cyber skills are concerned, Salvi said. “The investments in cyber security controls are on a rise year-on-year and that is because, organisations are considering cyber security investments very strategic for their current and future business."

Then, reskilling is done through “training, certification and constant development of skills in specific technology and domains like IDAM (identity and access management), infrastructure security, SIEM (security information and event management), SOAR (security orchestration, automation and response), etc," Salvi said.

Finally, constant upskilling is done on niche technology training and enablement such as cloud, operational technology/internet of things, blockchain, and 5G, Salvi said. “We partner with 50+ global technology partners in cyber security with whom we create constant learning and development calendar."

Traditionally demand for Infosys’ cyber security solutions came mainly from the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) sector, but the trend is changing.

According to Salvi, “cyber security is not priority of any one particular segment anymore."

“Due to the indiscriminate nature of ransomware attacks, we have seen an exponential rise in manufacturing, healthcare, mining, retail etc. and now all the investments are on par across all the industries," he added.

While Infosys doesn’t classify cyber security as a separate business vertical, its revenues are reported under the digital business which grew 38.4% year-on-year to $1.23 billion (38.3% of total revenue).


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