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BTech Cyber Security

An advanced Cyber Security course to put you on a high-growth career path.

For students interested in a Cyber Security course after 12th, NU’s BTech Cyber Security programme, offers a high-growth career opportunity.

NU has been offering the Cyber Security course as a specialisation area in its undergraduate programme since 2014. Our alumni are performing key roles in industry and academia. NU also offers industry-sponsored MTech Cyber Security programmes. Shikhil Sharma and Ananda Krishna, both alumni of NU’s Cyber Security programme have founded Czar Securities, one of the hottest startups in India that has also won a prestigious award. The firm operates in the field of cybersecurity.

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The time is perfect to build a career in Cyber Security. Human society is increasingly becoming dependent on digital technologies. From online transactions to socialising, applying for jobs to exchanging private and confidential information, digital pervades our lives like never before. And every digital touch point generates large swathes of complex data. IoT (Internet of Things) and Industry 4.0 are adding to this volume of complex data with wireless sensors networks generating data by the second.

If digital is the new way of life, data is the invisible currency and hence, vulnerable to attacks. Well-equipped cyber criminals continue to assault corporates, governments and the common man alike through data breaches, data manipulation, and cyber-attacks. Critical infrastructure of nations such as banking, air traffic control, energy distribution, e-governance etc., which are dependent on the Internet for proper functioning, are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. National security, in today’s times, is linked to Cyber Security.

The science of protecting data and networks from threats, manipulation and cyber-attacks forms the core of cyber security. It involves predicting, preventing and mitigating the effects of cyber-attacks. However, there is an increased need of trained professionals with the right set of knowledge, skills and attitudes to tackle the ever-growing menace of cyber-crime. According to the World Economic Forum, the world faces a projected shortfall of 3.5 million cyber security experts today.

NU’s BTech Cyber Security programme aims to bridge the skill gap between the manpower needs and available talent pool. Our Cyber Security course is designed to create skillful industry-ready Cyber Security engineers. The programme architecture has been designed for students who are keen to explore and exploit the latest trends in Cyber Security technologies in undergraduate studies. A combination of deep academic rigour and intense practical approach will allow BTech Cyber Security graduates to obtain in-demand skills and build expertise.

NU’s BTech Cyber Security course is a 4-year undergraduate programme that prepares students to identify and assess cyber threats, and design, configure and implement solutions to secure networks including global, industry-specific and networks critical to the nation such as governance, banking, energy, transportation, etc, using the latest technologies and tools for encryption, firewalls and malware protection.

The course includes topics such as Cryptography, Cloud Security, IoT and Ad hoc Networks Security, AI in Cyber Security and Information Security Risk Management. BTech Cyber Security graduates go on to work in the areas of incident response management, SOC (security operation centre), GRC (Governance, Risk Management and Compliance), Cyber Forensics, etc.

BTech Cyber Security – Distinguishing Features

The BTech Cyber Security programme architecture and curriculum has been designed by a team of experienced faculty in consultation with industry experts.
Consistent with our core principle of industry-linkage, the hallmark of NU’s BTech Cyber Security programme is its deep rootedness into industry. Industry professionals work as mentors along with NU faculty giving our students the dual advantage of academic rigor and industry relevance. The curriculum has been designed by faculty, cyber security specialists and industry subject matter experts.
Acknowledging the huge demands in cyber security in the industry today, the BTech Cyber Security programme has been designed to create trained Computer Science graduates to fulfill the requirements of the industry. The programme offers an immersive experience. Students of BTech Cyber Security work on two Capstone projects, one R&D project, and engage in a 6-month long Industry Practice.
Faculty in the BTech Cyber Security area at NU are from well-known universities like IIT-ISM Dhanbad; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri, USA; Ohio University, Ohio; USA and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Our faculty comes with rich prior work experience in teaching, research, industry and the government. Their research has been published in several international journals and conference proceedings.
True to the spirit of being a technology-based university, NU offers advanced computing machines, software, cloud services and high-tech laboratories to aid students in their learning journey.
A winning combination of the ‘flipped classroom’ model along with a unique mastery-learning platform is integrated into the project-based learning approach at NU. This approach helps students to develop independent learning skills and builds a deeper understanding of subjects.

BTech Cyber Security – Industry Practice Partners

Here are some of our distinguished industry partners for the BTech Cyber Security programme.
Data Security Council of India IBM EC-Council Cisco Net Academy

Student testimonials

BTech students, specialising in Cyber Security, are getting equipped to become sought-after professionals. Read what they have to say about the programme.

Meet our faculty

Prof Debashis Sengupta
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Prof Debashis Sengupta

Professor and Area Director (CSE)

Ratna Sanyal
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Dr Ratna Sanyal

Professor, Computer Science & Engineering & Dean - Research

Deepika Prakash
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Dr Deepika Prasad

Assistant Professor

Surender Singh
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Mr Surendar Singh

Assistant Professor

Vivek Kumar Anand
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Mr Vivek Kumar Anand

Assistant Professor

BTech Cyber Security – Course Outline

Students studying in the BTech Cyber Security course must complete a total of 176 credits spread over 39 courses and 2 Capstone Projects, 1 R&D Project and 1 Industry Practice in cyber security and related subject areas to obtain their BTech degree.

Course category

Credits

Mathematics and Basic Sciences (MBS)20
Engineering Sciences (ESC)14
Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)18
Professional Core Course (PCC) 32
Cyber Security Core Course (CYS)28
Professional Electives Course (PEC)20
Open Electives Course (OEC)12
Project Work, Internship and Industry Practice (PRJ)32
Environmental Sciences (EVS)Audit Course
Total credits176

BTech Cyber Security – Course Architecture

Year I (Semester I & Semester II)

A systematic exposure to scientific, mathematical and engineering principles will be given to the students during the first two semesters. In each of these semesters, the students will take one course each in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electronics, Foundation of Computer Programming, Workshop Practice, Engineering Graphics and Data Structures course and Technical English.
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 MAT 112 Calculus 3 1 0 4
2 Science – I 3 0 2 4
3 EL 111 Fundamentals of Electronics 3 1 0 4
4 TA 111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 2 0 4 4
5 TA 212 Workshop Practice 1 0 4 3
6 TA 102 Communication Skills 2 0 2 3
7 NU 111 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 14 2 12 22
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 MAT 101 Algebra and Differential Equations 3 1 0 4
2 Science – II 3 0 2 4
3 ENV 301 Environmental Science 3 0 0 0  
4 CS 102 Data Structures 3 0 2 4
5 TA 202 Engineering Graphics 2 0 2 3
6 HSSM-I 3 0 0 3
7 NU 111 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 17 1 6 18

Year II (Semester III & Semester IV)

At the beginning of the third semester, each student will enter his/her chosen area (Cyber Security). Students are required to complete 46 credits in Year II (Semester III & Semester IV).
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 MAT Mathematical Foundation of Cyber Security 3 1 0 4
2 CS 251 Object Oriented Programming (with Java) 2 0 4 4
3 CS 261 Computer Networks 3 0 2 4
4 CYS 291 Introduction to Cyber Security 3 1 0 4
5 CS 241 Introduction to Communications Systems 3 0 2 4
6 HSSM-II 3 0 0 3
7 NU 211 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 18 2 8 23
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 CS 201 Design & Analysis of Algorithms 3 0 3 4
2 CS 122 Computer Organisation and Architecture 3 0 2 4
3 CYS 252 Cryptography 3 0 2 4
4 CYS 262 Network Security 3 0 2 4
5 CS 211 Operating Systems 3 0 2 4
6 HSSM-III 3 0 0 3
7 NU 212 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 18 0 9 23

Year III (Semester V & Semester VI)

During the third year, each student will have a choice of selecting one open elective course in Semester V and two ‘Security’ related professional elective courses in Semester VI, along with Capstone Project – I and one R & D project. Students are required to complete 46 credits in Year III (Semester V & Semester VI).
#Course CodeCourse LTPC
1CS 301Software Engineering3024
2CYS 4151Cyber Security3024
3CYS 572Cyber Forensics3024
4CYSSecure Programming and Application Security2044
5 Open Elective – I3024
6 HSSM-IV3003
7NU 311Community Connect0021
  Total semester L-T-P-C1701223
# Course Code Course L T P C Course Type
1 CYS Cloud Security 2 0 4 4 CYS
2 Professional Elective – I 3 0 2 4 PEC
3 Professional Elective – II 3 0 2 4 PEC
4 CS 392 Capstone Project — I 1 0 6 4 PRJ
5 NU 302 R & D Project 1 0 6 4 PRJ
6 HSSM-V 3 0 0 3 HSS
7 NU 312 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 14 0 18 23

Year IV (Semester VII &Semester VIII)

During Semester VII, students have a choice of selecting three professional elective courses and two open elective courses, along with Capstone Project – II. Students are required to complete 44 credits in Year IV (Semester VII and Semester VIII). In the final semester, the students must complete the Industry Practice.
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 Professional Elective – III 3 0 2 4
2 Professional Elective – IV 3 0 2 4
3 Professional Elective – V 3 0 2 4
4 Open Elective – II 3 0 2 4
5 Open Elective – III 3 0 2 4
6 Capstone Project — II 1 0 6 4
7 NU 312 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total semester L-T-P-C 16 0 16 24
# Course Code Course L T P C
1 NU 402 Industry Practice / Project 0 0 40 20
Total semester L-T-P-C 0 0 40 20

Professional electives

Course Code Course L T P C
CYS Platforms and Systems Security 3 0 2 4
CYS 4251 AI in Cyber Security 3 0 2 4
CYS Security in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks 3 0 2 4
CYS Identity & Access Management 2 0 4 4
CYS IoT Security 2 0 4 4
CYS Blockchain Security 2 0 4 4
CYS Information Security Risk Assessment 3 1 0 4
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Programme outcomes

NU’s undergraduate programmes in Engineering and Management are designed to provide thorough grounding in the respective disciplines, offer a course of work that prepares them for either a professional career or advanced degrees.
NU expects that graduates of the undergraduate Engineering programmes will demonstrate the following programme outcomes by NBA (National Board of Accreditation).

PO1

Engineering knowledge

Apply the knowledge of Mathematics, Science, fundamentals of Engineering and an engineering specialisation to the solution of complex engineering problems.

PO2

Problem analysis

Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyse complex engineering problems to reach substantiated conclusions using first principles of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Engineering Sciences.

PO3

Design/Develop solutions

Design solutions for complex engineering problems and system components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, and cognisant of cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

PO4

Conduct investigations of complex problems

Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesise information to provide valid conclusions.

PO5

Modern tool usage

Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modelling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.

PO6

The engineer and society

Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues, and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.

PO7

Environment and sustainability

Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.

PO8

Ethics

Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.

PO9

Individual and teamwork

Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.

PO10

Communication

Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large. This includes being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PO11

Project management and finance

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and/or leader in a team, to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.

PO12

Life-long learning

Recognise the need for, and have the preparation and ability to, engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

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Programme specific outcomes

Programme specific outcomes

PSO1

Evaluate the computer network and information security needs of an organisation. Explain concepts and theories of networking and apply them to various situations, classifying networks, network security, analysing performance, and implementing new technologies and cryptographic algorithms

PSO2

Assess cyber-security risk management policies to adequately protect an organisation’s critical information and assets

PSO3

Measure the performance of security systems within an enterprise-level information system. Troubleshoot, maintain and update an enterprise-level information security system

PSO4

Implement continuous network monitoring and provide real time security solutions

PSO5

Formulate, update and communicate short- and long-term organisational cyber-security strategies and policies

PSO6

Explain the concepts of confidentiality, availability, and integrity in Information Assurance, including physical, software, devices, policies and people. Analyse these factors in an existing system and design implementations

PSO7

Analyse and evaluate the cyber security needs of an organisation

PSO8

Explain the new areas of security risks, like platform security, secured application development, cloud security, IoT security and blockchain security. Evaluate and compare systems software and emerging technologies

PSO9

Effectively communicate technical information verbally, in writing, and in presentations

PS10

Implement cyber security solutions. Be able to use cybersecurity, information assurance, and cyber/computer forensics software/tools. Design operational and strategic cyber-security strategies and policies

FAQs

If you want to become a cyber security expert, you will need to study BTech Cyber Security, a 4-year programme, after Class XII. You will learn cyber security areas like Mathematical Foundation of Information Security, Fundamentals of Cyber Security, Cryptography, Network Security, Secure Programming and Application Security, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, Platforms and Systems Security, AI in Cyber Security, Security in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Identity & Access Management, IoT Security, Blockchain Security, and Information Security Risk Assessment.

You will get extensive hands-on training with tools and technologies in cyber security projects and research like: Cisco Packet Tracer, Oracle Virtual Box, Nmap/Zenmap, Wireshark, Hping3, Google Hacking, Metasploit Framework, Acunetix, Nikto, SPLUNK, X-Ways Forensics, Netsparker, Burp Suite, SQLMAP, KFSensor, Snort, VeraCrypt, Wapiti, Ettercap, Savvius, IBM Reslient , IBM QRadar, QualysGuard, Nessus Professional, OWASP Zed, ProDiscover Forensic, CAINE, MS Baseline Security Analyzer, Zscaler Proxy, Crowdstrike Falcon , Carbon black , Kali Linux with Cybersecurity Tools, RSA NetWitness.
As digital technologies pervade our lives like never before, the data that is generated across all digital touch points is becoming vulnerable to attacks. This data includes personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), personal information, intellectual property, data, and governmental and industry information systems.

Cyber security is important because it protects data from thefts, manipulation and damage. The importance of cyber security can be gauged by the fact that large companies such as KPMG have almost doubled the size of their cyber security teams. The government, banks, retail, and BFSI sectors are now actively building their cyber security workforce as they need to protect their confidential data along with the user’s information they are privy to. The demand for such professionals will shoot up in the upcoming years.

According to a report by PwC and Data Security Council of India (DSCI), the cyber security market in India is expected to rise from $1.97 billion in 2019 to $3.05 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 15.6 percent, almost 1.5 times the global rate. The cyber security market in India will be defined by top three sectors including banking and financial services industry (BFSI), information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITeS), and the government, the report estimates. Other industries that are likely to hire cyber security experts, include energy, healthcare and automobile.
With a string of data breaches at large organisations and cyber criminals targeting sensitive government and corporate information and also the common man, there is an increased need of trained professionals today to tackle the growing menace. In addition, critical infrastructure of nations such as banking, air traffic control, energy distribution, e-governance etc., which are more dependent on the Internet for proper functioning, are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In fact, national security is linked to cyber security.

The world faces a projected shortfall of 3.5 million cyber security experts today. Some of the top names in the industry look for the certain qualities in a cyber security job applicant. The applicant needs to:

  • Be a continuous learner
  • Demonstrate persistence
  • Be curious and perceptive
  • Be cerebral, instinctive and emotional
  • Have well-rounded skillsets
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be able to think like a black hat
  • Be analytical
  • Demonstrate willingness to continuously develop skills
After completion of the BTech Cyber Security course, students can follow any of these high-growth career paths:
Cyber security
  • Security testing services involving penetration testing, web testing, application security, audits and reviews is expected to grow at the fastest rate (17.4%) as businesses are willing to prevent their systems from cyber-attacks.
  • Incident response services are also growing (16.3%) due to the high number of and complexity in security breaches.
  • Security operations services is the most dominant occupying 38% of India’s cyber security services market.
Cyber security products
  • Data security products are growing at the fastest rate (22.2%) driven by emphasis on privacy and confidentiality.
  • Endpoint security products such as anti-virus and anti-spam software, exploit protection, continuous monitoring, etc. are growing driven by concern among business executives to protect high-profile endpoints. There is high demand for real-time endpoint attack detection software, due to which there is going to be an increase in the endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions.
  • The IDR products will continue to be the most dominant product in the cyber security market at 32% of the product mix.
Cyber securities areas to learn
  • Mathematical Foundation of Information Security, Fundamentals of Cyber Security, Cryptography, Network Security, Secure Programming and Application Security, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, Platforms and Systems Security, AI in Cyber Security, Security in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Identity & Access Management, IoT Security, Blockchain Security, Information Security Risk Assessment.