Speakers

Prof. Rahul Banerjee, BITS Pilani
Title: Security and Privacy Issues in Wearable and Vehicular Computing Systems
Abstract: TBA
Bio: Dr. Rahul Banerjee is a Professor of Computer Science (Engineering) and the Head of the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at BITS Pilani. He holds a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering. His interests lie in the areas of Computer Networking (Protocol engineering, QoS, Routing, Mobility, Vehicular Networking), Wearable Computing (involving non-invasive sensing, on-body computing, BAN based routing) and Ubiquitous Computing (involving Internet of Things / Cyber-Physical Systems, Ambient Intelligence).
He has led and participated in several funded research projects including those funded by European Commission in the area of Next Generation Networking involving IPv6 (in a five-nation project) , Govt. of India (DIT-MCIT) in the area of Technology-enabled Learning, Govt. of France (in a four-nation project) in the area of IPv6-enabled Low-Power Wireless Sensor Networking. In addition, Microsoft Research, IBM, Cisco, DEC and Google have supported his work in a variety of forms, ranging from full research grants/awards to equipment grants and travel grants. He has been a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Communications, IEEE Transactions on ITS, IJCNDS and IISc Journal apart from numerous refereed international and national conferences and symposia. He has also served on Technical Committees related to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and IEEE apart from playing an active role in select work-groups of the Internet Engineering Task-Force (IETF).
He is a Member of the IEEE, ACM, ISTE, IE(I), CSI and ISCA.
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Dr. G. Athithan, DRDO
Title: Concepts and Technologies for Cyber Defense
Abstract: TBA
Bio: Dr. G. Athithan, DS assumed the charge of Chief Controller R&D (SAM) w.e.f. 14 Sep 2015. He was born on 30th October 1958. He received his B.E. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications in 1981 from Madras University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics (Neural Networks) in 1997 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. After receiving his B.E., he was a trainee in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay for a year. In August 1982 he joined the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam. He worked in IGCAR for six years on computer graphics, computer aided design, and modeling of Penrose patterns and crystal structures. In October 1988 he joined the Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group (ANURAG), Hyderabad, where he continued his work on computer graphics besides taking up projects on data visualization, parallel processing, and neural networks. His R&D efforts in ANURAG contributed to the development of ANAMICA and other software for medical and scientific data visualization and also to the design and productionisation of PACE series of parallel computers. As project coordinator to design and implement an Intranet for DRDO, he contributed to the setting up of the first version of DRONA network. During this tenure at ANURAG, he obtained his Ph.D. degree for his work on solving two fundamental problems of the Hopfield model of human memory. From June 2000 onwards he was with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Bangalore working in the field of Information Security among others. As the project director of a major initiative to develop Information Security Technologies and Solutions, he brought out a suite of products for preventive and reactive security requirements of the customers of DRDO. In particular, he developed the concept of information security overlay and applied it as a successful model for protection of two tactical C3I networks of the Indian Army. Since Jan 2013 he is with the Scientific Analysis Group, Delhi and has made contributions to the framing of the DRDO Information Security Procedures and guidelines as well as to the drafting of the Cyber Security part of the Long Term Technology Perspective Plan. His current research interests are Information Security Management, Computational Intelligence, Network Data Mining, and Cyber Security Technologies. So far he has guided two scientists towards their Ph.D. and three scientists towards their M.S. (Engg.) research degrees in reputed institutions of the country. He has participated in a number of international and national conferences and workshops, and has published about twenty-five papers in archived journals and about thirty papers in conference proceedings. Dr. Athithan was selected as a Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1989. He received the Scientist of the Year award from DRDO for the year 1998. He received the R & D Excellence award for year 2006 from Bharat Electronics Ltd. During 2005 he became a senior member of the IEEE. As the leader of his team, he received the Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance for the year 2008 from DRDO. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Scientist in September 2015.
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Ms. Sunila Menon, EMC
Title: Identifying Malware designed for Deception
Abstract: The speaker will discuss the reverse engineering methods that were used to analyze a ‘zero detection’ malware that remained stealthy and below the radar of endpoint antivirus. She will cover the various stages of an Advanced Persistent Threat Lifecycle , focus on capabilities and functions of the malware and the different tools and techniques used for analysis and detection. By the end of the session you will see how no one detection methods is enough to address such threats and why enterprises need to focus on defense in depth strategies to defend them from APT’s.
Bio: Sunila Menon works as a Principal Engineer at RSA , has 13+ years of experience in the field of Information Security. She has earned industry standard certifications CISSP , SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler & Intrusion Analyst. She has vast experience in the area of network security monitoring ,network forensics, risk ,compliance and vulnerability management.
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Dr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Group & Founder, NIIT University
Title: Cyber Security - The Indian Approach
Abstract: TBA
Bio: Dr. Rajendra S Pawar is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the NIIT Group, comprising NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, and NIIT Technologies Limited - a global IT solutions organization. Under his leadership, NIIT has played a key role in shaping the growth of the Indian IT sector, by creating skilled manpower to drive its momentum. Having revolutionized the IT Training industry, he is now involved in establishing an innovative model in Higher Education, the not-for-profit NIIT University. Dr. Pawar is a distinguished IIT Alumni, Fellow CSI, Fellow IETE. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University in 2005. Acknowledging his contribution to the IT industry in India, he has been awarded the country’s prestigious civilian honour, Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2011. He is on Boards of IIT-D, IIM-B, IIM-U, ISB, Scindia School and Delhi University Court. Actively involved in India’s key Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Pawar has led several ICT industry initiatives including NASSCOM as its Chairman, to give voice to the sector’s aspirations and goals. Dr. Pawar served as a member on the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development (2009- 2014) and has also been a part of the PM’s National Taskforce (1998), commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower. Dr. Rajendra Pawar is the Chairman, NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force that has been set up in response to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to see India emerge as a hub of cyber security services to all the major countries.


Mr. Samavedam Sarma, CERT-In
Title: Current Cyber Security Incident Trends
Abstract: With advances in technologies and services involved in cyber space the cyber threat landscape is evolving rapidly with increased complexity. The security technologies and processes need to keep pace with evolving threat landscape.
CERT-In is the national nodal agency for responding to cyber security incidents in India. CERT-In collaborates with different stakeholders like international CERTs, Government agencies, Cyber Security Industry and Service Providers for timely resolution of cyber security incidents, raise awareness and promote best practices.
In this talk, latest cyber security incident trends and technical aspects of cyber threats and incident like advanced targeted attacks, website intrusions for watering hole and drive-by-downloads, botnet / malware trends and emerging Denial of Service attacks and methodologies for handling such attacks are briefly described.
Bio: Sh. Sarma is working as Director/ Scientist ‘F’ in the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). He is handling computer security incidents reported to CERT-In, and coordinates response and remediation actions for incidents of malicious code infections, Botnets, web intrusions and attacks on Industrial Control Systems. He is involved in tracking of cyber threats and issuing security alerts and advisories. He is a CISSP and Certified Ethical Hacker. He is trained in Information Security and incident handling at CERT/CC, Carnegie Mellon University. He has overall experience of 25 years in computer communications, broadcasting and cyber security.


Mr. Amit Patil and Sachin Vaidya, VMWare
Title: Security - The need for separate trust domains and techniques for effective response
Abstract: With ever evolving threats, the security landscape is continuously playing catch up and nothing can be trusted. There is a strong need for isolation between the security solutions and the secured endpoints, thus necessitating use of separate trust domains. We will look at the options available and what the road ahead looks like for security solutions. The talk will focus on virtual environments and use of hypervisors as a separate trust domain. The talk will also review the challenges and discuss possible techniques for effective response/remediation specifically focusing on the data center.
Bio: Amit leads the Security Products Group within the Networking and Security business unit of VMware. He has been instrumental in enabling the Endpoint Security partner ecosystem at VMware and worked closely with partner engineering teams of security vendors like McAfee, Trend Micro, Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, etc. to enable a wide variety of solutions that enable AV, DLP, Vulnerability management, Identity Firewall for virtual workloads. His current focus is on next generation security solutions that leverage the hypervisor. Over the past 20 years he was worked in various capacities with both large product companies and startups - in India, US, and UK.

Sachin is a Senior Technical Architect within the Networking and Security business unit of VMware. He is the architect of the NSX Policy framework that integrates networking and security solutions from VMware and partners into the singled unified orchestration engine. He specializes in security management and distributed systems. He currently leads the design effort for the next generation network virtualization platform at VMware. Prior to VMware he has worked at Symantec, Veritas and Zensar.