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Security Scholar

A comprehensive and hands-on techno-managerial program for next-generation cyber security professionals, thought leaders & policy makers of India, in collaboration with NCIIPC, Government of India.

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Learn to build, manage and deliver enterprise security even under most pressing challenges in this twelve-week executive program.

Why do certain companies win against hackers and why do others fail? What will state-sponsored attacks in the global economy mean for your organization? How can you defend against next generation cyber attacks by constantly being one step ahead?

The ISAC Executive Program, in collaboration with NCIIPC will immerse you in new ways of thinking and new insights that will greatly enhance your organizational defences against emerging cyber attacks and propel your career. 

This scholar program focuses on the intricate relation between technology, national security, cyber warfare, and its impact on your organization and business.

Cyber Warfare is a highly asymmetrical form of War strategy rendering the enemy paralyzed within few minutes. We will look at the most pressing security challenges faced by the Indian administration, intelligence agencies, the private sector, and even every individual to an extent.

The course will also cover a wide variety of topics ranging from cyber threats, the threat to critical infrastructure, intelligence challenges, underground web, diplomacy and foreign policy, legal aspects of privacy, tools for defense, and the future of national security and cyber warfare.

Who Should Attend

Eligibility: Seven-plus years of Industry / Government / Academics experience, including a minimum of three-years in cybersecurity-related roles.

  • Middle/Senior-level leaders in large companies who are performing roles related to cybersecurity
  • Middle/Senior-level leaders in Government organizations associated with homeland and cyber security operations.
  • Seasoned and influential executives with Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) who will use this opportunity to make an even greater difference in their career and their organizations’ future.
  • Faculty members teaching new and emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity professionals in CII Sectors
  • Post-doctoral/Research Scholars in cybersecurity

Program Modules

  • Week 01: Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) and National Security
  • Week 02: Smart Cites and Homeland Security of India
  • Week 03: CII Focus: Power Sector
  • Week 04: CII Focus: Transport Sector
  • Week 05: CII Focus: BFSI Sector
  • Week 06: CII Focus: Telecom Sector
  • Week 07: CII Focus: Government
  • Week 08: Next Generation SOC
  • Week 09: Economy, Intelligence and Cyber Warfare
  • Week 10: Digital Forensics, Cyber Insurance and Legal Challenges
  • Week 11: AI, ML and Quantum Computing Trends
  • Week 12: Capstone Project

April 10th, 2021 to 26th June 2021


Instructor-Led, delivered online.

Application Deadline

  • 3rd April 2021

Program Fee

INR 1,20,000 + Taxes

Admission is subject to selection and the remittance of fees. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment. 

In Collaboration with


The NCSS program is conducted by ISAC in collaboration with the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC), Government of India, under the Prime Ministers Office. ISAC is a Public-Private-Partner of NCIIPC for training and capacity building.


Group Captain Anand Naidu (Retd)
Director - ISAC
+91 88008 80757

Program Coordinator

Dr. Amanish Lohan
Head - Operations - ISAC
+91 98133 04226

First Cohort of NCSS

Meet our Scholars

First Cohort

Speakers & Instructors

A look at the Instructors and speakers for the first NCSS cohort, August 2020

Lt Gen Rajesh Pant

National Cyber Security Coordinator

Dr Ajeet Bajpai

Director General - NCIIPC

Dr Emandi Sankara Rao

Chairman, IFCI and MDI

HH Yaduveer Chamaraja Wadiyar

Maharaja of Mysore, Spearheading development of India's largest cybersecurity hub

Rajshekhar Pullabhatla

CISSP, Director - ISAC

Pavan Duggal

Eminent Cyber Law Expert

Karthik Varma

CEO - Cyberange India

Usha Rengaraju

AI Expert and India's Kaggle Grandmaster, 2020

Tarun Wig

Founder - INNEFU

Jiten Jain

CEO - Voyager Infosec

Munish Sharma

Consultant - IDSA

Dr Anjali Kaushik

Cybersecurity Professor - MDI

Dr Manjari Khanna Kapoor

CPTED Specialist, President, ABSI

Prof Prageet Aeron

AI Professor - MDI