A world-class cyber security lab with the latest gadgets to carry out investigations and advanced research facilities is being established in Tirupati by the AP Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA), an autonomous body set up by the State government, to promote IT and electronics across the State.
APEITA president Ravi Kishore, who was here to participate in a seminar conducted by the GITAM University on cyber security and Blockchain technology, told The Hindu on Sunday that about Rs. 12 crore to Rs. 13 crore was being spent to equip the lab with world-class facilities. It would be ready by June/July-end.
The lab would be the first of its kind to train police in cyber crime. It would be useful to IT professionals in developing secured software and programming.
The lab would be part of the International Institute of Digital Technologies (IIDT), set up by the APEITA to meet the heavy demand for professionals in cyber security by imparting a one-year residential course in the subject. The IIDT, which has its temporary campus at Sri Venkateswara University, also conducts a course in business analytics. It is introducing a new course in Visakhapatnam in collaboration with Paradigm, an IT company with facilities for gaming and visual attack on Hill No. 3 of Rushikonda in the city.
The three courses will start on August 16 for which an all India entrance test is being conducted on June 25. The IIDT is being developed on the lines of the ISB-Hyderabad on PPP mode for which the government has sanctioned a one-time grant of Rs. 39 crore and is in the process of allotting 50 acres for a permanent campus on the outskirts of Tirupati.
GITAM University, which signed an MoU with the State government, has set up GITAM Academy in association with the Broadrich Financial Solutions of New York to introduce courses in financial technology (fintech) here.
IT Advisor and Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister J.A. Chowdary told The Hindu that short-term courses would be introduced by the academy in Blockchain technology and other fintech subjects as part of efforts to develop Visakhapatnam as a Fintech Valley.
The government has already signed MoUs with HSBC, Visa and Thomson Reuters to help students achieve domain knowledge in emerging fintech areas.
By: Santosh Patnaik