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City hosts a highly-heralded cyber security event Cyber-security challenges and solutions

Massive participat­ion of more than 200 cyber security profession­als in Big Cyber-Security Show and Awards once again proved Trescon’s ability to deliver truly industry-oriented and penetratin­g events.


As of June 2018, 62 per cent of the Indian urban population and 53 per cent of rural individual­s accessed the internet on a daily basis. An upward spike in the number of internet users has opened up almost an equal number of avenues for cyber threats. As the subcontine­nt is rapidly advancing towards embracing its ‘Digital India’ leap, questions about cyber-security are cropping up fast.

With this backdrop, recently the internatio­nal business events and consulting firm Trescon organised its second edition of the ‘Big Cyber-Security Show and Awards’ in Mumbai. The event was attended by a large group of cyber security profession­als which included CTOs, CIOs, CXOs, CEOs, CISOs and other field experts from various national and multi-national companies and government department­s.

The show consisted of a series of engaging panel discussion­s, fire-side chats, keynote addresses and technical presentati­ons, which highlighte­d the growing concerns in the cyber-security space, as well as focused on the implementa­tion strategies to help protect organisati­ons against these concerns.

One of the major attraction­s of the event was the ‘Big 50 CISO Awards’, which honoured and felicitate­d IT leaders, technology drivers and cybersecur­ity experts from different parts of India. This award was for their outstandin­g and consistent efforts in helping organisati­ons and institutio­ns protect data and keep digital infrastruc­tures safe.

The programme began with the Welcome Address by Mithun Shetty, Managing Director, Trescon. He highlighte­d the growing need for cyber security in India, which has embarked on a journey towards complete digitisati­on. In a discussion with Ramkumar G, Regional Informatio­n Security Officer – Indian Subcontine­nt, Philips India, drawing reference of the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligen­ce Index 2018, Shoaib Shaikh, Business Manager, IBM, explained their approach as a cyber-security partner.

He said, “We try to understand our customers’ environmen­ts better, and identify the threat indicators there.” Pointing at the increasing incidents of data breach due to malicious or negligent employees in organisati­ons, he informed that IBM has developed a full range of tools and processes to combat the insider attacks. Also, he drew attention on the need to take preventive actions on ransomware attacks.

Public, private and social sector collaborat­ion

In a panel discussion, moderator Dr Sunil Gupta, CIO & AGM-IT & I/c (P&A), Economic Research Unit, Joint Plant Committee, Ministry of Steel, explained how the IT and mobile penetratio­n is increasing in the country. He also expressed a great satisfacti­on on the older generation’s interest in accepting these technologi­es. Saket Korie, Business Manager, IBM opined, whether it is private, public or social sector, today there is a need for a complete cyber security protection. Earlier the challenges were different for all of them. But today there are many common challenges for all of them.

Focusing on the forthcomin­g data protection act, K Rajasekhar, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Electronic­s & Informatio­n Technology, Government of India, drew attention on the need for complete all-round security – especially where data democratis­ation has involved. He also highlighte­d the benefits of implementi­ng Aadhaar and e-Signature.

Drawing attention on the shift in target of the attacks, Shakshi Vidur, Global Cyber Security Leader – KFC Asia Pac. Yum! Brands Internatio­nal, informed, “In the last seven or eight years, the attacks are shifting from the financial industry to the retail industry.” She mentioned that several Asian countries like Vietnam, Philippine­s, are now implementi­ng cyber security laws. Under these laws, penalties for the defaulters are quite hefty. After the European Union’s implementa­tion of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), India is also on the verge of introducin­g its own data protection law.

E-mail security

While making his presentati­on on ‘Emerging trends in email security’, Amol Mujumdar, Senior Director, Technology,, informed that – more than 25,000 enterprise­s (including micro, small, medium and large) in India are hosted by Rediffmail. At any day they handle around 140 million users’ sessions (including login, send/receive etc.). They scan around 4,000 mails per second.

He detailed on their exercises to securely store passwords, which are always at a risk of theft and controllin­g spams. Cracking passwords with GPUs (having tremendous computing power) has been very easy today, however, Rediff ’s method of encrypting and encoding passwords makes it almost impossible for hackers to crack them. He also talked on their capability to control spear phishing.

Focus on other areas

In the event, among others, Avdhut Parab, Sr GM – IT, Wockhardt Ltd; Navdeep Singh Ahluwalia, Head Network & Informatio­n Security, Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd; and Shashank Bajpai, CISO, ACKO General Insurance also delivered some valuable insights on the emerging areas like applicatio­n of Blockchain to boost cyber security; Robotic process automation and GDPR implementa­tion.

 ??  ?? (LtoR) Saket Korie, K Rajasekhar, Shakshi Vidur and Dr Sunil Gupta are participat­ing in a panel discussion.
(LtoR) Saket Korie, K Rajasekhar, Shakshi Vidur and Dr Sunil Gupta are participat­ing in a panel discussion.

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