Customer Success Story

Cybersecurity Fundamentals Courseware for Undergraduates

A 3-credit course, developed as per the UGC and AICTE guidelines, using sound instructional design principles. Blend of concepts and hands-on practice, it is a 20-week course for an academic semester, unlike a typical corporate training or instructor-led training (ILT).

Excellent. Thanks for the quick turnaround – have circulated to the leadership team… This would be extremely helpful when positioning our course to the Ministry.

Head, Skill Management, Symantec

WHAT VIDYATECH DID?

Challenge

With the number of sophisticated cyberattacks growing incessantly, India needs more cybersecurity professionals, according to experts. Our customer, a renowned name in the security industry, wanted to launch a Cybersecurity Education, Training and Certification initiative, in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India. While many professional IT training courses were available, there was none at the undergraduate level that could impart skills and training in cybersecurity, required as per the professional standards.

Solution

A number of academicians and cybersecurity experts were consulted to define and decide the academic structure and course outline. An intensive research was conducted to figure out gaps in the existing courseware on cybersecurity in the Indian and international educational institutes.

Though it was apparently a simple Course Development work, it required inputs and validation from professionals in the real world. Thus, a project team was handpicked that included cybersecurity experts, college students and faculty. An 80-hour teaching schedule, comprising 40 lectures of one-hour each and 20 lab sessions of two-hour each, was decided.

Vidyatech conducted lectures for the representative audience to obtain feedback in the real-time classroom environment. Entire content underwent technical and content review before finalization.

The lab sessions covered real life scenarios, and taught students how to work with a variety of security tools – some Symantec products and a few open-source. It introduced them to the world of tools and technologies. To bring in speed, consistency and accuracy, several automation tools were also built.

Vidyatech also developed a portal where colleges, interested in cybersecurity courses, can tie up with the customer and get themselves registered. Teachers update the batch and lecture status on the portal, and on completing the course, students can request for the course completion certificate.

Results

  • One-of-its-kind, 3-credit, 20-week course - Cybersecurity Fundamentals.
  • 40 lectures of one-hour each and 20 lab sessions of two-hour each.
    • Developed after careful research and rigorous brainstorming.
    • Reviewed by the cybersecurity experts and professors.
  • Scalable for the international audience.
  • Supported by a portal.
    • Institutes can add faculty and batches.
    • Students get online certificate after the course completion.

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