Cyber Security is a National Security Issue

The department of Electronics and Communication Engineering organized a live online Webinar on “Cyber Security is a National Security Issue” on 21st October 2021 by resource person Prof. Sandeep K Shukla, an IEEE fellow and ACM Distinguished Scientist, currently a professor of Computer Science and Engineering Department at IIT Kanpur which he headed during 2017-2020.

The program was graced by the presence of Dr. A M Surendra Kumar (Pro Vice Chancellor), Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Singh (HOD, ECE Department), Dr. Shilpa Mehta (Professor, ECE Department), teaching staffs and students of 3rd, 5th and 7th semester B. Tech. and 3rd semester M.Tech of ECE department, SoE, Presidency University, Bangalore. The program began with a welcome note by Prof. Surendra Kumar, and later Dr. M. S. Divya Rani introduced the speaker to the audience. Ms. Aruna M coordinated the entire Live Event.

The webinar began with introducing students to cyber security in daily life, cases of bank frauds, identity thefts, morphing images, attacks on personal computers. The speaker highlighted on how Cyber-crimes are being investigated by cyber cells, how country’s large scale databases can be compromised, how national security was originally conceived as protection against military attacks now includes even non-military dimension. The speaker explained the critical infrastructure of a nation on which economy depends like Power Grids, Defense, Communication Networks and Infrastructures, Chemical Plants, Nuclear Power Plants, Transportation, Banking System, Water Storage like Dams, Agriculture etc. to name a few.

The talk focused on some real time examples related to national security like “China-linked group RedEcho targeted the Indian Power sector amid heightened border tensions – 28 February 2021, Power grids being increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks – 4 March 2021, Dtrack malware attack on India’s largest Nuclear power plant, Ukraine power grid cyber-attack – December 2015, Iranian cyber-attack on New York’s Dam to name a few.

The speaker also spoke about the SANS 2019 State of OT/ICS Cyber security survey statistics to explain the number of incidents in the past 12 months, phases of Stuxnet attack, attack on windows system, a catalog of cyber security outcomes.

The speaker ended the session with a brief talk on common threat sources and threat examples, types of vulnerabilities based on adversarial usage.

A vote-of-thanks was proposed by Dr. Divya Rani M S at the end of the event. The event was organized meticulously by the Forum Team of ECE department which comprises of faculty members Ms. Divya Rani M S, Ms. Samreen Fiza, Ms. Aruna M and Ms. Anupama Sindgi.

Some pictures taken during this online webinar.