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Bengal Govt to create one lakh jobs annually for cyber security professionals

Kolkata: The West Bengal Government plans to create around one lakh new jobs in the field of cyber security annually.
Based on the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Government will introduce a course on cyber security at the undergraduate level so that students get an edge in getting jobs, not only in the Information Technology (IT) sector but also in the police force.
Bengal would be the first State in the country which will ensure a supply pool of cyber security specialists for various Government departments to counter cyber threats, which are a major cause of concern for the Government and the public.
With the rapid digitisation that has been going on, cyber security has become of utmost importance.
The State Information Technology (IT) and Electronics Department will assist the Higher Education Department in framing the syllabus.
The IT Department is working closely with the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Kalyani, whose experts will decide the course content.
According to the initial plans, the course will commence at IIIT and in all the colleges under Calcutta University.
Students would be provided with basic knowledge on networking and operating systems.
The IT Department is also working in coordination with the police, academics and industry, to see that unscrupulous persons with vested interests cannot tamper Government documents.
The Government has already set up the West Bengal Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (WBCS-CoE) in New Town to deal with the increasing number of cyber offences in the State.
A workshop was also held on cyber security at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on March 16.

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