The ATL Initiative ACSE (Appin Certified Security Expert) – Preparing Professionals for Tomorrow, Today

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ATL introduces three new certification courses ACSE (six-month course), ACSA (three-month period) and ACSP (one-year period) around Information security.

Preserving information security data has conventionally been a tricky affair. The World Wide Web may have linked millions of people to a virtual platform, but it has also paved the way for data thefts and security breaches. As India becomes more networked, the country has become more susceptible to cyber attacks. Even an ordinary individual, let alone a corporation or Govt organization, is at risk.

In the midst of this looming menace, the Government of India has expanded the career prospects in the field of Information Security training and asked private players to collaborate in shaping IT professionals by imparting job-oriented training. Analysts have revealed that India currently has around 22,000 certified cyber security professionals, which is significantly lesser than the requirement of 77,000 personnel. Even smaller countries like North Korea have around 15,000 information security professionals, which is not far behind India, considering the size of the two countries.

The current number is embarrassingly small when compared to the nearly 25 million "cyber warriors" in China. According to recent data, India would need 4.7 lakh cyber security professionals by 2015 to protect its IT infrastructure.

How do we churn out such a large number of professionals? Government alone cannot do it, it’s an impractical idea. The Govt needs to run this mission hand-in-hand with private information security players and quite a few are already doing their bit by imparting top education.

Appin Technology Lab has emerged as the training hub for aspiring candidates and has turned out to be the most trusted source of hands-on trainings in information security with special emphasis on Embedded, .Net, Java, C/C++, Android, Matlab, Autocad and Cloud. ATL has designed and delivered over hundreds of seminars, trainings and workshops, spoken at numerous conferences, written and published various papers in Information Security. ATL offers flexible training solutions through various channels, such as – classroom sessions, corporate trainings, live-and-virtual trainings and e-learning portals. There is specially-designed summer training camps where project-based training is its exclusivity.

Appin Technology Lab’s cardinal strength lies in its certification courses. Its three primary courses on offer are - ACSE - Appin Certified Security Expert (six-month course), ACSA - Appin Certified Security Associate (three-month period) and ACSP - Appin Certified Security Professional (one-year period).

ACSE is the most sought-after course so far. The course covers the latest techniques and practices in the security industry, along with case studies. This is a very active initiative, specifically designed to get young professionals into the security industry. The ACSE courseware is designed by the leading security professionals from industry, both home and abroad, and is also approved by the International Association for Distance Learning, United Kingdom. This is a very active initiative, specifically designed to get young professionals into the security industry.

On successful completion of the ACSE (Appin Certified Security Expert ) course, it becomes relatively convenient to land a lucrative job offering, as the survey conducted on a large number of students has shown. You can find placement as network security systems manager, network security systems administrator, network security engineer, web security administrator, web security auditor, application security tester, information security analyst, database and software developer, data security specialist, and chief information security officer. The world could be your oyster!

As we are in the phase of digitizing all our information to create a paperless environment, safety of our mailbox, passwords, ATM pin and credit cards, among others, are a major concern. To combat the threat against information security and to develop effective manpower, ACSE has formed the basis of a new architecture as far as certified courses are concerned.

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