Workshop on Emerging Technologies & Threats to Information Security

Workshop on emerging technologies & threats to information security organised at Chandigarh University, Gharuan

More than 300 students from 15 universities participate in workshop organised by IIT Guwahati under Government of India's ISEA project

CHANDIGARH: A one-day workshop was organized by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in collaboration with Chandigarh University under the Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) project run by the Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India at the varsity campus, here at Gharuan. 

The workshop was based on the theme 'IoT Ecosystem: Security Related Challenges and Opportunities' in which more than 300 students from over 15 colleges and universities from various parts of the country including Chandigarh University, CGC Landran, CGC Jhanjheri, Panjab University, Mahatma Gandhi Central University Bihar, Chitkara University, Mumbai University, Guru Nanak Engineering College Ludhiana, Lovely Professional University participated. 

It is noteworthy that Chandigarh University is the only institution in North India, that has been selected for this workshop organized under the ISEA project run by the Government of India. 

Dr. SV Srikanth, Joint Director, C-DAC Hyderabad; Sukumar Nandy, Senior Professor, IIT Guwahati; Dr. John Jose, Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati; Dr. TV Kalyan, Assistant Professor, IIT Ropar; and Dr. Ruchika Gupta, Post-Doctoral Fellow, IIT Guwahati attended the workshop, during which experts had a comprehensive discussion on various security related issues and challenges in the IoT sector in our lives. They agreed that it is of utmost importance to create and develop security patches to deal with threats that may arise in this domain. 

The workshop was organised with the objective to comprehend the role of IoT in day-to-day life, to unfold the security challenges and issues and to understand security vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies in emerging memory systems used in IoT and edge devices.

Speaking on IoT Security on the occasion, Dr. SC Srikanth said that everything has changed with the invention of Internet and a new era has begun with the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) in communication. He said that at present the Internet has made our way of working easier, but due to lack of security in this area many problems have arisen. He said that by further improving and securing the Internet of Things or our gadgets and apps, we can indirectly contribute to the security of the country, because Internet webs and emerging technology are sharing our personal records with other countries. 

He said that cyber security is a major issue of concern for all technology and data-related activities. There are many such tools like Multifactor Authentication and Strong Encryption Protocol, which help in IoT security. He said that hackers keep coming up with new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and other means to achieve their goals, so if we are not aware of IoT security or do not try to improve it further, then we will have to be ready to face the losses.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sukumar Nandy said that, “IIT Guwahati has a lot of internship and career opportunities for the students. We would like to have the best talent here to collaborate and work with us.” Interested students can approach Chandigarh University, which will shortlist them on the basis of their scores and programming skills, and facilitate their collaboration with the IIT Guwahati.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. John Jose informed that this is the second workshop under the Information Security Education and Awareness Project run by the Ministry of Electronics and IT, India. Long after the pandemic, it is now time to socialise, interact, meet, debate and discuss collective ideas, he said and appreciated the generous funding for this project and the visionary vision of the Government of India for the Information Security Education and Awareness Project. 

He said that workshops, conferences, internship programs, R&D programs and financial schemes etc. are being organized under this project. “Through this workshop, the faculty and students will get a lot of learning opportunities as faculty, researchers and budding engineers of the future, which will help us to make India self-reliant,” he said. 

Dr Jose said, “When it comes to developing our own computer devices, India needs to highlight its talent. India has unprecedented potential, unitedly we can build a glorious India. We have to build a self-reliant India, so that India's dependence on other countries can be reduced.” 

In the concluding session, Professor Sukumar Nandi and Dr John Jose, held live Interaction with students on ‘Higher Studies, Internships and Career Opportunities in IITs’. They conveyed best wishes to the students who participated in the program and expressed hope that this workshop will provide new opportunities to the students to discover and learn. Certificates of participation were also awarded to the students during the workshop.