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Program Overview

The Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity-Red Team empowers you with a skill set to analyze the threat landscape and create strategies to ensure system stability and security. Master essential cybersecurity skills through hands-on training in real-world cases.

Key Features

  • Live sessions on the latest AI trends, such as generative AI, prompt engineering, explainable AI, and more
  • Program completion certificate from IIT Kanpur and Simplilearn
  • Attend Masterclasses from IIT Kanpur faculty
  • Get hands-on experience with a capstone on industry-relevant use cases
  • Seamless access to integrated labs on Simplilearn’s LMS
  • Build skills to become job-ready and advance your career

Professional Certificate Program Advantage

Simplilearn’s Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity- Red Team leverages IIT Kanpur’s academic excellence in cybersecurity and equips students with key skills through a unique applied learning approach.

  • Program Completion Certificate

    Collaborating With IIT Kanpur:

    • IIT Kanpur will issue your program certificate directly within 90 days of program completion
    • Join live masterclasses delivered by IIT Kanpur faculty
    • Create a secure network to counter security breaches

Program Details

This program provides you with the skills necessary to leverage offensive cybersecurity to strengthen the stability and security of IT systems. You will benefit from and be better able to master the highly sought-after cybersecurity capabilities owing to the comprehensive curriculum of this program.

Learning Path

  • Kick off the Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team by exploring this comprehensive curriculum that covers all the core concepts you will need to become a cybersecurity professional.

  • You will learn more about the concepts, consequences, distinctions, and limitations of ethical hacking in this course. The extensive curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including the principles of ethical hacking, reconnaissance tools, footprinting techniques, network scanning, IDS/Firewall evasion techniques, vulnerability risks, social engineering, SQL injection, web server attack methodologies, and more.

  • In this course, you will learn vulnerability assessment techniques like scanning, checking configuration, architecture correlation, and mapping of attacks to evaluate the efficacy of defense-in-depth architecture. Finally, to prioritize and carry out risk management actions and to stimulate the resolution of process and technological gaps, create a risk report using thread modeling.

  • Learn the advanced skills required to identify and patch security gaps across IT systems. You will work on Kali Linux for advanced penetration testing and auditing, along with scanning techniques like TCP SYN and TCP Window scan and other network scanning tools like NMAP, and HPING. Finally, by understanding web application threats and acting proactively on security vulnerabilities like SQL injection and HTML Injection, you will lead the security administration of an organization.

  • This program will give you an opportunity to implement the skills you learned throughout this program. Through dedicated mentoring sessions, you’ll learn how to solve real-world, industry-aligned capstone problems. The project is the final step in the learning path and enables you to showcase your expertise in administering and handling offensive security to future employers.

  • Attend online interactive classes in the Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team conducted by faculty from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and get insights about advancements and best practices in the cybersecurity field.

    • Attend live Gen AI masterclasses & learn how you can leverage it to streamline workflows and enhance efficiency
    • These cutting-edge masterclasses are conducted by industry experts, where you delve deep into AI-powered creativity, understanding various concepts & topics related to generative AI.

Skills Covered

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Cryptography Concepts
  • IDS Firewalls and Honeypots
  • Network Security
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Penetration Testing
  • Reconnaissance
  • Web App Threats
  • Generating Payload
  • Exploiting and Gaining Access
  • Anonymity Concept

Tools Covered

Kali LinuxPen TestBurp SuiteHPINGGoogle DorknmapWireshark CyberTCP dumpROBTEXMXtool Box

Industry Projects

  • Project 1

    Gain Access to a victims Machine

    The production environment was breached and PII/PCI data is now available on the dark net. Perform ethical hacking to figure it out how data kept on the network could be stolen.

  • Project 2

    VAPT on a Bank Application

    Conduct a vulnerability assessment and penetration testing on a bank application to find vulnerabilities in a production environment set up as per PCI DSS.

  • Project 3

    Vulnerability Assessment and Exploitation

    Perform a vulnerability assessment on the website to find and exploit vulnerabilities to assess risk exposure with suggestive compensatory control for improved security posture.

Disclaimer - The projects have been built leveraging real publicly available data-sets of the mentioned organizations.


Program Advisors

  • Dr. Sandeep Shukla

    Dr. Sandeep Shukla

    Professor, Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur

    Sandeep Shukla is the Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Center for Cyber Security and Cyber Defense of Critical Infrastructure, IIT Kanpur. He has a Ph.D. & MS in Computer Science from the State University of New York.


Cybersecurity Industry Trend

The global cybersecurity market size stood at USD 172.32 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 424.97 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 13.8% during the forecast period 2023-2030.

Job Icon13.8 % CAGR

Between 2023 and 2030

Source: Fortune Business
Job Icon308 K

Available Job Roles 

Source: LinkedIn
Job Icon$94,000 - $165,000

Average Annual Salary 

Source: Glassdoor

Batch Profile

This program caters to working professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds. The diversity of our student base helps in collaborative discussions and interactions.

  • The class consists of learners from excellent organizations and diverse industries
    IT & Telecommunication - 35%Financial Services - 20%Retail and Wholesale - 18%Healthcare & Pharma - 15%Others - 12%
    Tata Consultancy Services
    Godrej & Boyce
    JP Morgan Chase
    American Express
    Ernst & Young

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Admission Details

Application Process

The application process consists of three simple steps. An offer of admission will be made to the selected candidates and accepted by the candidates by paying the admission fee.


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Tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to do this program


Application Review

An admission panel will shortlist candidates based on their application



Selected candidates can begin the program within 1-2 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

To gain admission to the Program, candidates:

Should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
Basic knowledge of programming and cybersecurity
2+ years of work experience preferred

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Program Benefits

  • Course Completion Certificate from IIT Kanpur
  • Exposure to prompt engineering, ChatGPT, generative AI etc
  • Complete this program while you work
  • Career assistance to help you get noticed by top companies
  • Active recruiters include: Amazon, Flipkart, Nike, and more


  • What is the admission process for this Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team?

    The admissions process for the Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team consists of three simple steps:

    • Interested candidates need to apply by submitting the online application form.
    • The admissions panel will shortlist candidates based on their submitted applications.
    • The selected candidates will receive an admission offer, which they can accept by paying the program fee.

  • Will financial aid be provided for this Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team?

    There’s no financial aid as such for this program. However, to ensure money is not a limiting factor in learning, we offer various financing options to help make this cyber security certification in India financially manageable. For more details, please refer to our "Admissions Fee and Financing" section.

  • What should I expect from the Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team?

    As a part of this Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team,  you will receive the following:

    • Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team completion certificate from IIT Kanpur
    • Masterclasses from top faculty at IIT Kanpur
    • Enrollment in Simplilearn's JobAssist (only for India)

  • What certificate will I receive?

    Within 90 days of completing this cybersecurity certification program in India, you will be awarded a Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team from IIT Kanpur and Simplilearn.

  • What is Learner Success Manager?

    Our success managers are a dedicated team of subject matter experts to help you get certified on your first attempt. They proactively engage with you to ensure adherence to the course path and enrich your learning experience, from class onboarding to project mentoring and job assistance.

  • Who are the instructors for this Professional Certificate Program in Cybersecurity - Red Team and how are they selected?

    Our highly qualified instructors are cybersecurity experts with years of relevant industry experience. Each of them undergoes a rigorous selection process, including profile screening, technical evaluation, and a training demo evaluation before getting certified to train for us. Besides, we ensure that only those trainers with a high alumni rating remain part of our faculty.

  • Which certification is best for vulnerability management?

    Certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) are well-regarded for expertise in vulnerability management.

    Simplilearn offers an array of courses on cybersecurity. You can choose ones depending on your specific career goals and the aspects of cybersecurity you want to specialize in.

  • What is the best certification for penetration testing?

    The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification is widely recognized as one of the best for penetration testing. It focuses on hands-on practical skills and is valued for assessing and improving penetration testing expertise in the cybersecurity industry.

    Simplilearn’s professional certificate program in Cybersecurity includes topics like the latest AI trends, generative AI, prompt engineering, explainable AI, and more. These concepts will help you understand penetration testing and implement the knowledge in real-time problems.

  • What is VAPT certification?

    VAPT stands for Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing. It is not a single certification but rather a combined approach involving vulnerability assessment and penetration testing to identify and address security weaknesses in a system or network. Certifications like CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) cover aspects of VAPT. VAPT is also covered in Simplilearn’s professional certificate in cybersecurity.

    Get Access to Other Cyber Security Certification here.

  • What is the salary of VAPT in India?

    Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing or VAPT professionals tend to earn an average salary of ₹20.8lakhs per annum, with salary ranges typically spanning from ₹16.5lakhs to ₹40.3lakhs [Source: 6figr.com]. 

    Penetration testers, especially those with experience and certifications, often make good money. Salaries can vary based on factors like expertise, location, and the employing organization, but skilled penetration testers are generally well-compensated due to the critical role they play in securing systems and networks.

  • What qualifications should a penetration tester have?

    A penetration tester should ideally have a strong background in cybersecurity or a related field, along with relevant certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) or Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). Practical experience, ethical hacking skills, and a deep understanding of network and system vulnerabilities are crucial qualifications for this role.

  • Is coding required for penetration testing?

    Coding knowledge helps with penetration testing, although it's not always required. Numerous penetration testing solutions come with graphical user interfaces that eliminate the need for in-depth code expertise. Nonetheless, proficiency in scripting languages like Python might augment a penetration tester's aptitude for tool customization and creation.

  • Is penetration testing in high demand?

    Yes, penetration testing is highly sought after by businesses looking to fortify their cybersecurity measures. The significance of finding and fixing vulnerabilities has increased due to the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, which makes knowledgeable penetration testers essential resources in the cybersecurity industry. Also, as per one of the latest reports, the global penetration testing market size is predicted to be worth USD 1.7 billion in 2024 and is estimated to reach USD 3.9 billion by the end of 2029 at a CAGR of 17.1%.

  • What is red team certification?

    Red team certification involves training and certification programs that simulate real-world cyber-attacks to evaluate and improve an organization's security measures. This certification helps individuals develop advanced offensive security skills, covering aspects of penetration testing, ethical hacking, and simulated adversarial tactics to enhance overall cybersecurity resilience.

  • What is the red team in cyber security?

    In cybersecurity, a red team refers to a group of skilled professionals who simulate cyber-attacks to assess and test the security of a system, network, or organization. They identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by real attackers, thus enhancing overall cybersecurity measures.

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