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Cyberoam joins UTM in bid to bridge network security talent gap

AvantiKumar | June 9, 2015
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will provide Cyberoam security courses under a new partnership with Cyberoam, a Sophos company.

Ajay Nawani, Chief of Cyberoam Academy 

Photo - Ajay Nawani, Chief of Cyberoam Academy, part of Cyberoam Technologies.

 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will provide Cyberoam security courses under a new partnership agreement signed with network security specialist Cyberoam, a Sophos company.

The memorandum of agreement was signed recently in Kuala Lumpur between UTM's Dean of UTM AIS, Prof Dr Shamsul Sahibuddin, and Harish Chib from Cyberoam Academy, a part of Cyberoam Technologies.

UTM's Dr Shamsul said: "We are aware of the security industries' challenges and evolving threat landscape. Malaysia is one of the more mature markets in terms of its IT security infrastructure in the Asia Pacific Region."

"There is a high demand for engineers with corporate network security experience; as more organisations are now competing at the global level," he said. "SMBs [small and medium businesses] are also investing in security as they are expected to follow varied regulatory requirements due to their increasing exposure to cyber threats. We believe that Cyberoam's trainings on NGFW [next generation firewall], UTM [unified threat management], WAF and Application Control are very pertinent in today's scenario and will provide a strong employment opportunity to our students."

IDC report

He cited an IDC report that noted about 45 percent of the organisations in Malaysia "are highly concerned about the increasing sophistication of security attacks and are reviewing their security posture."

The report also included an expectation that the security appliances market in the region this will register a 16 percent growth. About one-fifth of the country's security expenditure will be on enterprise firewalls, network access control, virtual private network (VPN), and network intrusion detection and prevention software.

This would also increase the demand for engineers with knowledge of NGFW, UTM appliances, policy management and reporting tools, which would create additional pressure on educational institutions in the country, he said.

Cyberoam Academy chief Ajay Nawani said the Academy's comprehensive course will help bridge the industry-academia divide. "The courseware systematically introduces basic network concepts and then gradually prepares students to handle complex networks, security policies, application level controls and other critical jobs such establishing VPNs and performing forensic analysis of events in a data network."

All this would be performed in live network environment with more than 70+ practical Lab sessions with real-life case-studies, he said. The students successfully completing this course will be able to apply concepts of ethical hacking and perform penetration testing to discover network vulnerabilities.

"Our courseware is constantly updated with the evolving requirements of the security industry and hence many leading educational institutions around the globe are collaborating with us to benefit from the same," said Nawani. "In the process we are building strong cyber resilience against cyber criminals. As part of this collaboration, we will share our inputs in areas of training, R&D, joint community outreach projects and knowledge exchange in the discipline of computer networks and network security."

 

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