Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Information Sharing and Analysis Center

An international non-profit, solving large problems impacting the connected, digital world on cyber security.


Certified National Cyber Security Scholar

Learn to strengthen enterprise cybersecurity, explore emerging trends, and transform them into actionable insights.

Eligibility: 7+ years of work experience.

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NCSS: Techno-Managerial Cybersecurity 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 cyberattacks by continually being one step ahead?

The NCSS Program will immerse you in new ways of thinking and provide insights that will significantly enhance your company defenses against emerging cyber-attacks and propel your career. This program aims to bridge the gap at the leadership level to drive cybersecurity initiatives and explore business opportunities in both the Government and the Industry. 

The National cybersecurity scholar (NCSS) is a comprehensive 18-week, Instructor-led program for emerging cybersecurity leaders. The program is jointly conducted by IIT Gandhinagar and the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).

Enhancing National Security

Lead the initiatives at the national level for skill-building in emerging technologies, drive large scale programs that protect organizations from cyber threats, implement and drive projects of national importance on cybersecurity, and help create resilience in cyberspace of the country.

The professionals who complete this program will be deemed national assets under the National Security Database.

About IIT Gandhinagar

IIT Gandhinagar is committed to a holistic approach to education in engineering disciplines and beyond; cutting-edge research addressing global challenges; and giving back.

IIT Gandhinagar has an award-winning campus, founded in 2008 and is located in Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the banks of river Sabarmati. IITGN is rated India’s first 5-star GRIHA LD (Green) campus for minimizing the negative impact on the environment. The campus has been declared India’s first 5-star campus for ensuring food safety and promoting healthy eating.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Cyber Security Scholar Program jointly conducted by IIT Gandhinagar and ISAC. As the Director, I am honored to have you participate in this critical program, designed to create the next generation of leaders in cybersecurity.  The IIT-ISAC collaboration is destined to be a game changer for the industry and our nation as we work together to equip future leaders with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to tackle the complex cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow. Our collaboration with ISAC will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the challenges of the industry. At IIT Gandhinagar, we prioritize student-focused education and interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research centers bring experts together to solve real-world problems. You will receive a comprehensive education experience to prepare you for a dynamic career in cybersecurity. I am confident that this program will be a transformative experience for each of you and look forward to seeing the impact you will make in the industry and nation.

Best regards,

Prof Rajat Moona

Director – IIT Gandhinagar

I am delighted to talk about the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission and its efforts to promote the digital economy in the state. As we all know, the IT and BT sectors in Karnataka have seen tremendous growth in the last two decades, and we are confident that the coming decade will see even more growth and maturity in the IT and start-up ecosystem.

In light of this, I would like to emphasize the importance of scholar program, which is aimed at grooming the next generation of leaders in the digital economy. With Mysuru as the hub of cyber security, we believe that this program will be crucial in establishing India as a destination for cyber security. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar for their support and their partnership in this prestigious scholar program. The expertise and resources that IIT Gandhinagar brings to the table will be invaluable in helping to achieve goals of preparing the next generation of leaders in the digital economy for the country.

I would like to invite all cyber security start-ups from around the world to come and join us in Mysuru, Karnataka who will receive mentorship from the scholars. With our supportive ecosystem, dedicated scholar program, and a focus on the future of the digital economy, we believe that we have everything you need to succeed.

Best regards,

Sanjeev Gupta

CEO, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the National Cyber Security Scholar program, a one-of-a-kind initiative, offering unique experiences and opportunities for our scholars. At the National Cyber Security Scholar program, we believe that education is a lifelong journey. We also care deeply about the career growth of our professionals. That’s why we have dedicated resources and programs in place to help our scholars take the next step in their careers, whether that means advancing within their current organization or pursuing new opportunities. As part of the program, scholars are given the opportunity to visit critical infrastructures such as airports, power plants, data centers, and security operation centers. This provides them with a first-hand look at the real-world challenges that our nation faces across all sectors, and the critical role that cyber security plays in ensuring our safety and security. The future of our cyberspace lies in the hands of the next generation of leaders in cybersecurity. Imagine a future where our cyberspace is safe, secure, and resilient in the face of cyber threats. A future where the next generation leaders in cybersecurity are equipped with the tools they need to protect our critical infrastructures and safeguard the national security. This is the future that we can create, and it all starts with the right skills. The National Cyber Security Scholar program is more than just a program, it’s an investment in the future of cyberspace. An investment that we must make if we want to ensure that our cyberspace remains resilient in the face of cyber threats.

Thank you.

Group Captain Aanand Naidu Pola (Retd).

Director – ISAC Foundation

It is my honor to communicate with you through the National Cyber Security Scholar program platform, as we delve into the crucial matter of enhancing capacity building in the realm of cyber security. In this digital age, where technology plays a critical role in our daily lives, it’s vital that we equip ourselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure the safety and security of our nation. As leaders, we have a responsibility to safeguard the well-being of our citizens and the stability of our nations. And when it comes to cyber security, we cannot compromise. The threats are real, and they’re growing every day. From hackers seeking to steal our secrets to state actors seeking to disrupt our systems, the risks are numerous and ever-present. That’s why the National Cyber Security Scholar program is so critical. Through this program, we aim to cultivate the next generation of thought leaders in cybersecurity and provide a multisectoral exposure to the risks and threats that we face. By equipping our leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and mitigate cyber risks, we are taking a critical step towards enhancing our national resilience. And it’s not just about protecting the cyberspace, it’s also about securing our future. The world is changing, and technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in shaping that future. As leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are at the forefront of these developments, ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Therefore, I urge you to become a part of the National Cyber Security Scholar program. By doing so, we will create a future where our cyberspace is secure, safe and robust against the dangers of cyber threats. Together, we can build a better future for ourselves, our families, and the cyberspace that truly has no borders.

Thank you.

Rajshekhar Pullabhatla

Founder Director – ISAC Foundation


Program Benefits

Learn to build, manage, and deliver enterprise security even under the most pressing challenges in this techno-managerial executive program. The National Cyber Security Scholar program looks at the intricate relationship between technology, national security, intelligence, cyber warfare, and its impact on the organizations and businesses.

Download the NCSS


Kindly complete the brief form provided, and you will gain access to the comprehensive PDF brochure containing all pertinent information regarding the NCSS Program.


Program Schedule

15th July to 20th August 2023

6 Weeks - Optional Bridge Course

While participation in the bridge course is optional, it presents a valuable opportunity for individuals to solidify their understanding of cyber security. By revisiting essential concepts and fortifying one’s foundational knowledge, attendees can effectively reinforce their expertise in this rapidly evolving field.

15th July to 20th August 2023
24th August to 26th August 2023

3 Days @ Hyderabad

Hyderabad offers an exciting lineup of industrial visits as part of the NCSSP Program. Explore the state-of-the-art International Airport in Hyderabad, delving into its internal security measures. 

24th August to 26th August 2023
31st August to 23rd September 2023

4 Weeks - Online Instructor-led sessions

The meticulously designed sessions will encompass a range of vital sectors, including Power, BFSI, and Transport Sector Security. Participants can anticipate engaging in stimulating cyber warfare simulations, while delving into crucial subject matter such as cloud security, security architecture, and identity and access management. This immersive experience promises to elevate one’s understanding of the complexities and nuances within the realm of cyber security.

31st August to 23rd September 2023
29th September - 30th September

2 Days @ New Delhi

Delve into the realm of Aviation Cyber Security at an exclusive event hosted by the esteemed GMR Group. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the intricate cyber security measures implemented at the New Delhi International Airport, as well as visit a cutting-edge solar power plant. Engage with industry experts and gain invaluable insights into the future of secure and sustainable aviation.

29th September - 30th September
5th October to 4th November 2023

5 Weeks - Online Instructor-led sessions

Dive into a comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge topics, ranging from Next-Generation SOC Security and Quantum Computing to critical sectors like Healthcare and Telecom. Gain a profound understanding of the challenges these industries face while investigating pertinent subjects such as cyber insurance, digital forensics, and the application of AI and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity. This in-depth analysis will equip participants with the necessary knowledge to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats and solutions.

5th October to 4th November 2023
17th November to 19th November 2023

3 Days @ IIT Gandhinagar

Conclude the program with three days of immersive sessions at the prestigious IIT Gandhinagar campus, concentrating on the Defense sector, War-games, Security, and Risk Management. The program’s culmination will be marked by a memorable networking dinner and a distinguished closing ceremony, fostering lasting connections and celebrating the achievements of all participants.

17th November to 19th November 2023

Experience Cyberwarfare with Phygital Cyber Range

The Phygital Cyber Range is a cutting-edge simulation of a smart-city’s Cyber Physical System (CPS), offering an immersive exploration of the interplay between physical and digital realms. The range features over 10 critical sectors of a city that are simulated using the latest industry hardware and software to provide a real-world understanding of how cyber-attacks can disrupt a nation’s economy.

During your three-day campus visit, you will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on training on the world’s largest Phygital Cyber Range. You will gain practical experience in navigating the complexities of cyber security and learn about real-world case studies that target Internet of Things (IoT) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, with the potential to impact large industries and critical infrastructures.


Cybercrisis Wargame

Engage in dynamic table-top exercises focused on cybersecurity, encompassing topics such as ransomware, incident response, and SOC maturity assessment. Gain insights into the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, and experience the challenges and rewards of adopting multiple roles within an organization to achieve optimal results.

Forensics / Support

How does a support or forensic team see the attack unfolding?


What are the priorities of a CISO or a CXO who is responsible for data security?

Attacker / Hacker

How does the hacker see the attack remotely and perceive the competence of the target?

CEO / Senior Leadership

How will the CEO react to the cyber breach, impacting millions of customers?


What will the customers do on knowing that their personal data has been hacked?

Media / Public

How will the media react? What will be the impact on the company stock market?

The scholar program provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with real-world cyber crisis scenarios through our war-game activities. Participants will assume the roles of various stakeholders, including attackers, security operations center (SOC) teams, Forensicators, chief information security officers (CISOs), and CEOs, and engage in table-top exercises that simulate a cyber crisis.

Through these exercises, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how their responses to a cyber crisis impact the financial performance of their organization, including sales and stock prices. This offers valuable insights into the economic impact of cyber security decisions and the importance of proactive risk management.


Sector Specific Site Visits Included

The scholar program includes visits to various Critical Information Infrastructure facilities
that allow you to expand your exposure to sector-specific cyber risks.

Airplane at the airport terminal runway

Delhi International Airport

Visit the Delhi International Airport and understand the internal security measures adopted. Hosted by the GMR, India’s largest private Airport company.

Chimney of a Power plant against blue sky

Energy Sector - Power Plant

Visit a modern power plant and understand the various cybersecurity practices that go in protecting the CII from cyber attacks, including potential gaps.

Server room, modern data center.

Modern Security Operations Center

Explore the cutting-edge Security Operations Center, from a leading PSU/ISP and learn how complex technologies are integrated for protecting enterprise organizations.


Upon successful completion of the Scholar Program, you will be granted Alumni status within the esteemed ISAC Foundation. This prestigious designation offers a wide array of advantages designed to facilitate your ongoing professional development and enhance your career prospects for a lifetime.

01  Connectivity

An alumni network offers a platform to stay connected with your alma mater and keep abreast of the latest news and events. Additionally, it provides a chance to reconnect with former classmates and colleagues

02  Career Advancement

This network offers a wealth of opportunities for networking and career advancement. You can connect with alumni working in your field and gain access to job postings and career guidance.


Access the scholar network to immediately get peer-support in emergency situations such as cyber-attacks or critical breaches impacting the organization

04  Access Technical programs

As a scholar, enjoy complimentary lifetime access to all ISAC Foundation technical courses, reflecting our steadfast dedication to fostering your academic and professional development. To remain eligible for this benefit, scholars are expected to contribute a minimum of ten voluntary hours per year towards facilitating awareness programs or trainings. 

Who can apply

- Mid to senior-level leaders

- Diplomats and diplomatic corps officers

- Mid to senior-level government officials involved in homeland and cybersecurity operations

- Experienced executives from Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs)

- Faculty members specializing in new and emerging technologies

- Cybersecurity professionals in CII sectors

- Post-doctoral or research scholars in cybersecurity

3+ Years in Cybersecurity

To be eligible for the program, applicants must demonstrate a minimum of three years of experience in cybersecurity-related job functions.

7+ years of Experience

Applicants are required to possess a minimum of seven years of cumulative professional experience spanning various job functions in order to be considered for the program.

Eligible Types of Work Exp

The types of work experience that are eligible include:

+ Full-time employment
+ Part-time employment
+ Voluntary work
+ Internships


Applicants are required to have successfully completed their undergraduate degree in any field of study in order to be considered for the program.


The program welcomes applications from candidates of all nationalities, without regard to factors such as gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, marital or parental status, caste, class, or any other attributes.


Applicants will be subject to an interview process to assess their suitability for the Scholar Program. It is important to note that fulfilling the eligibility criteria does not guarantee approval of the application.


Lt Col (Dr.) Santosh Khadsare

Vice President - eSec Forte

Choose your options

Blended and Online Delivery

Select from two available options: a fully online course or a blended-delivery program that incorporates live sessions and industry visits for a comprehensive learning experience.

Most Popular

Blended Program

INR 5,00,000 / USD 6000

+ Online sessions, Instructor-led
+ Access to LMS with session videos
+ Access to Virtual Cyberange (90 Days)
+ ISAC Scholar Certification
+ Lifelong access to ISAC Technical Programs
+ Access to Closing Ceremony
+ Access to Networking Dinner
+ Industry Visits
+ Access to Defend the Flag Series
+ ISAC Alumni Status
+ Campus sessions
+ Exclusive NCSS Swags / Goodies
+ Week One Stay in Mysuru
+ Week Six Stay in New Delhi
+ Week Twelve Stay in IIT Campus, Gujarat
+ Access to ISAC Conferences


+ Flights / Airfare

Highly demanded

Online Program

INR 3,20,000 or USD 4000

+ Online sessions, Instructor-led
+ Access to LMS with session videos
+ Access to Virtual Cyberange (90 Days)
+ ISAC Scholar Certification
+ Lifelong access to ISAC Technical Programs
+ Access to Closing Ceremony
+ Access to Networking Dinner
+ Industry Visits
+ Access to Defend the Flag Series
+ ISAC Alumni Status


+ Flights / Airfare
+ Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
+ Local Stay
+ In-campus exclusive sessions
+ Local Transportation (Pick-up/Drop) for Industry Visits

Please be aware that you are warmly invited to attend the closing ceremony, networking dinner, and industry visits, but kindly note that costs of these events are not included in the online program fee and will be at your own expense. You can contact your program manager for more details.

Banks Providing No-cost EMI for upto 12 Months for the NCSS Program

On check-out please select the No-cost EMI Option. 


Group Captain Anand Naidu (Retd)
Director - ISAC
+91 97317 45635


Rajshekhar P
Director - ISAC
+91 8527465252


Our Speakers

The scholar program has guest speakers on Thursdays. Below are some of our esteemed speakers from previous cohorts.

Lt Gen (Dr) Rajesh Pant

National Cyber Security Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Office Government of India

(NSD Scholar – Cohort Two)

Dr Ajeet Bajpai

Former Director General – National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center

Yaduveer Krishnadatta

Maharaja of Mysuru – Leading India’s largest cyber security hub initiative

Dr Emandi Sankara Rao

Former Chairman – MDI and CEO, IFCI Ltd, Government of India

Dr Pavan Duggal

Founder & Chairman of International Commission on Cyber Security Law

Jarrett W. Kolthoff

Jarrett Kolthoff, Founder/CEO of SpearTip and a former Counterintelligence Special Agent.

Dr Manjari Khanna Kapoor

CPTED Specialist, Founder of ABSI, Chairman – SEQURE Standards for Physical Security

Usha Rengaraju

Kaggle Grandmaster 2020, Data scientist, Adjunct Faculty at IIT Madras for Data Science

Tarun Wig

Founder – Innefu Labs, Counter Intelligence Specialist and Cyber Security Expert