Seminar on "Challenges in eSecurity"

A Seminar on “Challenges in eSecurity” was organized by the Institution of Engineers (India) Allahabad Centre, Computer Society of India, Allahabad Chapter, Eastern UP Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shambhunath Group of Institutions and NIPS College of IT & Management on 14 Feb. 2016 at IE(I) Allahabad Centre, MNNIT Campus, Allahabad.

The Student Technical Session was addressed by four students, one faculty and two experts. Kratika Shukla, M.Tech. Information Security and Dipika Durgvanshi, M.Tech. Computer Sc. MNNIT, Ald presented “Deterrence of Deception”, Monika Rani, Ph.D. Scholar, IIIT, Allahabad presented “ELearning 3.0. Exploring the eSecurity Risk and Remedies”, Neelam Dayal M.Tech. Computer Sc. MNNIT, Ald presented “Compromising Transfer Layer Security ProtocolsShri Prashant Srivastava, Prof. Dept. of CSE, SGI, Ald presented “How Social Engineering becomes a Cyber Threat”, Col. Inderjit Singh Barara (Retd.), Former Director, Military Intelligence, Army HQ, N.Delhi presented “Ethical Hacking Skill Training & Certification Program – Job Roll based Training” and Shri Sumit Singh, Dy. General Manager, Medhaj Techno Concept Pvt. Ltd, N.Delhi presented “Introduction to Cyber Ethics, Information Gathering and Web Applications Attacks”.

After the Fellowship and Seminar Lunch Break, the Main Technical Session started with lighting of Lamp by the dignitaries on the dais led by Chairman, IE(I) Allahabad Centre Er. B.N. Sharan followed by Saraswati Vandana performed by Students of NIPS College.

Introducing the Theme, Er. Apoorva Agha, Convener of the Seminar and Former Chairman, Institution of Engineers UP State Centre, Lucknow highlighted that Indian companies are increasingly suffering huge losses due to rising cyber attacks that are leading to interruption of business and loss of customer data, whereas, 90% of breaches could be avoided with basic cyber security practices such as multifactor authentication. Stand alone machines were secure due to their physical isolation, while the benefit of sharing of resources using networking and the Internet, is responsible for bringing in cyber security threats. The trend these days is going from bad to worse, headless worms are targeting headless(IoT) devices. Hackers are taking advantage of vulnerabilities in everything from smart home devices to corporate networks to derail the systems. So, why not consider cyber threat as a liability and invest appropriately in cyber security measures as salaries to employees

In his Welcome Address, Dr. G.S. Darbari, Former President of the EUPCCI suggested that cyber security cannot be ensured only by a technologycentric approach, it is imperative for the management to involve employees, educate them and promote good practices. As business revenues become more dependent on digital interface and transactions, the boards have to start looking at cyber security as a strategic issue and not merely an IT issue. Having recognized cyber security as a board level issue, the management should make cyber security a part of the risk and governance process. He extended a very warm welcome to the distinguished speakers who had come from Varanasi, Lucknow and N.Delhi to address the Seminar on such a critical theme, which has become a cause of serious concern for the entire world.

A Book titled, “The Mantra” written by former students of IIT, IIM and other illustrious academic Institutions of the country as a tribute to former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was released by the distinguished dignitaries of the Seminar. The book specifically aims to provide a blue print for the youth to guide them in their development of personality and success in career.

The Main Technical Session was addressed by four experts. Col. Inderjit Singh Barara, presented “eCommerce – Securities & Challenges”. He explained, how cyber attacks targeted at critical information infrastructures have the potential of adversely impacting a nation’s economy, public safety and citizens’ lives. “These critical infrastructures are mainly owned and operated by the private sector. India recently witnessed a cyber attack on its stateoftheart T3 terminal at New Delhi airport that made checkin counters of all airlines nonoperational causing public inconvenience. Stuxnet the deadliest attack vector that has been designed so far & which destroyed a nuclear reactor in Iran has reportedly infected systems in India” Col Inderjit added.

Shri Rajesh Sahni, Addl. Superintendent of Police, Anti Terrorist Squad, Lucknow presented “Challenges in conviction of eCriminals”. He opined that the safety needs should be redefined in the present world and should be the foremost in information security. He critically examined several Case Studies, such as the Mumbai attack, which captured the attention of media and redefined the standards of security preparedness. Cyber security is a complex issue that cuts across multiple domains and calls for multidimensional, multi layered initiatives and responses he added. Through a small video clip, he cautioned as to how information carelessly shared by people on the social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus etc. is picked up by the perpetrators to target their victims

Shri Shashank Singh, Managing Director, I.P.Jacket Technology India Pvt.,Ltd., Ald presented “Advancements in Wireless Network Security”. He said that given the increased dependence on global ICT products, especially in operating critical sectors and growing realization of cyber risks, countries are doubting the integrity of these products, fearing that adversaries may introduce malicious codes / functions to do surreptitious surveillance, disrupt services, or at worst, paralyze a nation. Alleviating such doubts and fears to continue benefiting from global ICT supply chain is one of the biggest challenges the world faces in cyber security today. He elaborated the gray areas of network security, which although appear to be secure to a common man but still have potential loop holes for breach of security while using such applications.

Shri Sumit Singh, presented “Web Application Attacks and Mobile Hacking – Precautions & Counter Measures”. He spoke about how the rapidity & scale of cyber security threats is likely to grow manifold posing a challenge to the national security. The present day cyber security laws are grossly inadequate to deal with the present day threats especially in view of global spread of the resources connected via the Internet. Thus there is urgent need for the govt. to adopt a cyber security policy & create an organization to specifically look into the cyber security of the nation in coordination with international bodies. The govt. should immediately adopt such a policy so that urgent actions in a coordinated fashion can be taken to defend India’s economy and society against cyber attacks. He discussed the inherent cyber threats in different applications and the precautions to be taken while using such applications online. According to him, the ethical hackers have a positive and constructive role to play towards this end.

Prominent among those who attended the Seminar included Prof M.M. Gore, MNNIT, Prof. J.P. Mishra, Former Chairman, CSI Allahabad, Er. Vivek Jaiswal, Imm. Past Hony. Secretary, IE(India) Ald, Er Awadesh Kumar, Hony Secy IE (India) Ald, Er. Ratnesh Mishra Hony Secretary, CSI Ald., Shri Anil Agarwal, Hony. Secretary EUPCCI, Er.Ram Singh, Hony. Treasurer, IETE Allahabad, Shri D.U.Gupta and delegates & members of participating organizations and students.

In the end, after presentation of mementos, while proposing a formal Vote of Thanks, Shri Sanjaya Kala, Organizing Secretary of the Seminar summarized the entire Seminar proceedings with his brief report on the highlights of each Speaker and extended grateful appreciation to the Speakers, Sponsors, Media, CoOrganizing Institutions and the audience for their active participation in making the Sessions highly interactive and successful. The Seminar closed with Tea.