InfoWatch Group, a Russian vendor of enterprise cybersecurity solutions, and National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), one of the top 400 universities worldwide according to QS World University Rankings, have announced the opening of the InfoWatch-based enterprise cybersecurity department as part of the School of Electronic Engineering of HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM HSE). The new department was established by the resolution of the HSE Academic Board, with Natalya Kaspersky, president of InfoWatch Group, being appointed as the department head.
“This department will contribute to advanced enterprise cybersecurity training,” said Kaspersky. “The existing shortage of skilled cybersecurity staff will become more and more dramatic as far as we go further in our journey towards the digital economy. The new department established at one of the most high-profile universities is our contribution to the fostering of Russia’s skilled engineers and the promoting of cybersecurity and related professions.”
MIEM HSE’s InfoWatch department will train university students who have basic theoretical and hands-on knowledge of design, development, and testing of the software aimed to prevent enterprise data leaks and protect organisations against internal cybersecurity threats, targeted attacks, and threats related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Evgeny Kruk, director of MIEM HSE, Professor, Dr.Sc. (Technical Sciences), said, “This department is yet another milestone event of strategic cooperation between HSE and InfoWatch Group, unlocking new development opportunities for both partners. I am confident that our students will contribute to the intellectual power of InfoWatch Group in the future.”
The department will also engage top Russian and foreign enterprise cybersecurity experts in the university’s training programmes, organise academic conferences and workshops, develop educational materials, and hold practical training for students.
“Cybersecurity is a matter of utmost importance in such hi-tech sectors as IoT, cyber-physical systems, virtual and augmented reality, and aerospace technology,” said Andrey Abrameshin, Deputy Director, MIEM HSE. “InfoWatch department at MIEM HSE will enable the advanced training of specialists required to ensure cybersecurity of rapidly developing digital economy and will improve synergy between the university and hi-tech business.”
To support the department activities, MIEM HSE will also establish a specialised lab for students to simulate various enterprise cyber threats and master combating techniques.