Top Cyber Security Job Roles in India

By NIIT Editorial

Published on 07/01/2021

6 minutes

Cyber threats are turning into a nightmarish reality for digital businesses. Conducting business online and safe-keeping vital business information becomes challenging when hackers can come for your assets from very many directions. Ransomware attacks, malware, identity theft, and phishing attacks keep getting better. This warrants the need for cyber experts with the capability of skirting specialized attacks. 


And although this view is mutual among IT professionals across the digital divide, it applies even more so to a country like India. As per NASSCOM, by 2025 the Indian IT sector will be valued at close to $350 billion. Of this 10% is expected to be cyberspace. From ground level to the topline, a bevy of cyber specialists is needed sooner than later. In this article, we’ll be covering 5 cybersecurity job roles in India that you can target.


Network Security Engineer


As the title suggests, these professionals specialize in securing enterprise network infrastructure. The following subject matter areas must be at your tips if you wish to enter this space:

  • Firewall administration  
  • Vulnerability testing 
  • Cloud security 
  • Programming 
  • Virtualization technologies 
  • Cryptography and encryption

Such professionals deploy virtual private networks to ensure blocking vulnerable entry points. The salary range, as recorded by Glassdoor aggregates ranges between 3 lakhs to almost 12 lakhs per annum.


Cyber Security Analyst 


The upkeep of official security systems falls under their kitty. Some of the technical skills required to be a cybersecurity analyst are as follows: 

  • Software testing 
  • Application design 
  • Firewall administration 
  • Reverse Engineering 
  • Knowledge of SEIM tools  

They are supposed to undertake regular security audits and ascertain vulnerable points in the online defence of the company. A sideline responsibility also entails knowledge sharing with employees to underline best practices for secure data sharing both internally and externally.


Security Architect 


The fundamental objective of their job is to design each layer of the security architecture for the company. Every protocol and provision for data transmission and sharing adheres to the regulations set by a security architect. The designs are majorly based on the severity of operations and data protection following which the architect connects with the broader IT departments for implementation phases. The following skills are a basic ask for such designations: 

  • Knowledge of virtual private networks
  • Experience with frameworks like COBIT, ITIL, etc.
  • Risk Management 
  • Cyber laws 
  • Network routing and proxy services 

It is also helpful if job applicants possess the requisite skills to perform feasibility studies for software integrations that explore the financial angle of the technologies deployed. 


Information Security Manager 


Definitely one of the most sought after positions in the cybersecurity landscape, it is also one that pays well. Expertise in the following skillsets is universally acknowledged for this profile:


  • Enterprise IT architecture 
  • DDoS prevention, proxy services 
  • Activating intrusion detection protocols 
  • TCP/IP, network (re)routing 
  • Compliance management 

Information security managers are also expected to have a verifiable track record working on systems and frameworks like Linux, UNIX, Python, virtualization, and ITIL frameworks.


Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)


CISO is a c-suite level profile that is responsible for the top-down implementation of guidelines for cybersecurity within an organization. Rather than dictating the process details of implementation, CISO’s demarcate focus areas and delegate the implementation of the same to floor managers. The following responsibilities are assigned to such individuals.

  • Managing security operations 
  • Cyber intelligence gathering 
  • Fraud prevention 
  • Cyber governance 
  • Investigations and forensics 
  • Project management 

Procuring a Post-graduate or an equivalent degree in the field is a must. In addition, there are also lateral, upskilling certifications that people should partake in to keep themselves in the top 10% of the talent pool.

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