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Computer Security Day meeting on 30-Nov-2017

Cyber Society of India observed 'Computer Security Day' on 30-Nov-2017, at Chennai. At an event to commemorate the day , CySI invited Mr M.S.Sundarrajan, Former Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank and Mr K. Vijayakumar, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Security, TATA Communications to share their thoughts on 'Computer Security'.

CySI President Mr V. Kapaleeswaran, welcoming the eminent speakers and the audience explained the activities of CySI and underlined the focus of Computer Security Day as 'sharing of knowledge and experiences to enable the common man to strengthen their resilience to recover from disasters'

Delivering his Keynote Address Mr Sundara Rajan briefed the gathering on Cyber Security Threats & outlook and walked them through the key challenges in Financial sectors and how are being handled.

Delivering his special address on 'Computer Security- Digital Disruption, a New Normal', Mr Vijayakumar walked through the Digital disruptions with examples , current state and the suggested mitigation acts to counter them.

The knowledgeable audience that were in attendance despite an inclement weather quizzed the eminent speakers on their queries relating to their day to day activities and the satisfaction of having achieved the basic goals of 'Computer Security Day' was evident when the reluctant audience disbursed, for the day

The event concluded with the Mr.C.Badri, Secretary-In-Charge, CySI thanking all involved for an interactive meeting.
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Cyber Security Awareness Programme (CSAP) at Vyasarpadi on 04-Oct-2017

CySI conducted a Cyber Security Awareness Programme to the Students of NDJA Vivekananda Vidyalaya Jr.College,Vyasarpadi, Chennai -39 on 04-Oct-2017.
The Principal Ms. Subhashree Ravichandran, addressing the students emphasized the need to stay alert and welcoming the CySI team lauded their efforts in spreading awareness. CySI President Mr V.Kapaleeswaran, in his inaugural address reiterated CySI's commitment in keeping the Netizens aware of the evolving threats in the cyber world and appreciated the efforts of the school management in taking such measures to keep their students being updated with the cyber awareness. Mr V.Rajendran, Principal Consultant , CySI addressed the students in two sessions , each comprising of around 200 students and made the sessions highly interactive and guided them on how to be aware of and at the same time stay alert. The Correspondent of the school honored the CySI President, Principal Consultant and the CySI Vice President Mr. K.Ravichandar and thanked the team for their initiatives
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Understanding prevailing Cyber Challenges on 23-May-2017

CySI conducted a discussion session amongst its members on some of the prevailing challenges in the cyber space.
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Certificate course on Cyber Laws by CySI in National Law College, Salem.

CySI organized a 4 days training programme on cyber laws in India in association with the Central Law College, Salem from 20.03.2017 to 23.03.2017 at the college campus.
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N B K R Institute of Science and Technology, Nellore, A.P

"CySI was represented by its Joint Treasurer at the National Level Technical Symposium called TECHVYUHA on 03rd and 04th March 2017.
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Seminar on ‘Secur-e-Banking’ in association with Cyber Society of India (CySI)
Indian Institute of Banking and finance (IIBF) organized a Seminar on ‘Secur-e-Banking’ in association with Cyber Society of India (CySI) at Chennai on the 17th Feb, 2017. Keynote address was delivered by , Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and Inaugural address by Dr. C.SylendraBabu, IPS, Addl Director General of Police, Coastal Security Group, Tamilnadu.
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Cyber Security Awareness Programme On 26 November, 2016 (Saturday)
CySI’s unique scheme of spreading awareness through its Cyber Security Awareness Programme (CSAP), was conducted at YMIA Hall, Mylapore. The sessions aimed at educating netizens about the perils around the now common activities through cards, internet banking and social networking were an all CySIan effort in that our CySI members M/s C. Badri, Dr.N. Ramamurthy and Sujatha Ravindrakumar shared their rich experiences, each of which was followed by a healthy interaction.
"Workshop on Cyber Crimes: Guard yourself in the Cyber Space" on 6th Aug 2016 at Chennai.

The workshop titled 'Cyber Crimes: Guard yourself in the cyber space”, conducted at Anna University, Chennai was aimed at creating awareness by congregating the cross section of specialists involved in cybercrimes and related areas and eliciting their views on improving awareness. Eminent participants included Hon’ble Justice Prakash, Judge Madras High court, Dr.J.N. Misra, CEO of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and Shri G R Swaminathan, Asst Solicitor General, Madras High court, Madurai bench. The attendees comprised of a fair representation of professionals from Banks, legal fraternity, cyber world, Police and a good number of students from law and other colleges and the programme was a smash hit in terms of attendance and participation with record number of registrations.

Safeguarding Yourself from Cyber Risks

Cyber Society of India (CySI) organized a 'Cyber Security Awareness Programme' on “Safeguarding yourself from Cyber Risks” on 20-Feb-2016 aimed at educating the common users of cyber space Mr. V.Rajendran, Past President and Chairman, Governing Council of CySI walked the audience through the emergence of electronic banking out of brick and mortar structures, and the invited speaker Mr. John Kennedy, Inspector, T.N. Police elaborately explained the investigation process.
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Workshop on Digital India at P.S.High School, Mylapore on 24-July-2015

Report Cyber Society of India (CySI) organized a workshop on “Digital India” at the P.S. Higher secondary school, R. K. Mutt Road, Chennai - 600 004 on 24-July-2015.

The audience, numbering around 80, comprised of cyber professionals, research scholars, senior banking professionals, homemakers, students, senior citizens and representation from the media.

On the CySI President Shri Prakasham welcoming the gathering, the Chief Guest Shri. M.S. Sundar Rajan, Former Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Bank was introduced by Shri C. Badri, Chairman of the Event Management Committee of CySI.

In his keynote address on „Digital India: Cyber crimes in the Financial Sector”, Shri. Sundar Rajan briefed the audience on the common avenues of crimes in the financial sector and the audience was visibly enlightened by some of the suggested methods to be adopted by people to avoid from being victimized.

Shri M.R. Sivaraman , IAS (Retd), Former Revenue Secretary , on being introduced by the Immediate Past President Mr Rajendran, delivered his special address on „Governance and use of Cyber space”. In his address, he enthralled the attendees by walking them through the tough path traversed by him towards directing the Nation on the digital path right from the introduction of PAN card to the computerization of registrar offices across states.

Then followed an interesting Panel discussion on „Data Privacy in Cyber space‟, headed by CySI Past President Shri K.Srinivasan. The panel consisting of M/s Sudha Sundararaman, Sunanda Manoharan & Sujatha Ravindra Kumar with a fair representation of the Industry, home and young gen sections not only shared their experiences on the cyber space but also provided simple steps to safeguard people from the lurking dangers in the cyber space.

The workshop concluded with the CySI , Secretary Mr V.Kapaleeswaran, thanking the Chief Guests, dignitaries, participants and all others involved in making this workshop successful.

Lecture on Theory of Constraints on 3rd Feb 2015 at Chennai

CySI organized a Lecture Programme on the “Theory of Constraints” at 4.30 PM on 3 Feb 2015 at the Cosmopolitan Club, Anna Salai. Shri Lewis Trigger the international expert and globally well-known speaker on the Theory of Constraints from Israel, was the Chief Guest. Explaining the concept from a global perspective drawing instances of constraint management from various enterprises across the world, he took the audience through his informative presentation on the concepts of constraints and the various steps involved in facing and overcoming them.

CySI President Shri V Rajendran quoting profusely from Kautilays’s Arthashastra spoke on the relevance of constraint management in the Indian context and dwelt at length its significane in the context of cyber security, discussing the, bottlenecks in creating awareness about cyber crimes, technology constraints and financial constraints in information security. Earlier, Shri U.P. Prakasham Vice President, welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker to the audience. The meeting concluded with Vote of Thanks by Shri V Kapaleeswaran Vice President, CySI.

CySI conducted a Cyber Awareness Programme on 30th May 2013, at Chennai

The programme organized by CySI on Cyber Awareness - "Safety Over the Net" started with Kapaleeswaran V , Vice President of CySI welcoming the gathering.

Mr. K. Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime point Foundations and past President of CySI took the audience through a colorful presentation on the dangers lurking in the social networking sites and also underlined the precautions that need to be taken by the user to ward off vulnerabilities.

Mr. Balu, Former Additional Supdt of Police and Joint Secretary CySI then walked the audience through the legal provisions available for the netizens interacting through social networking sites.

After a brief interaction on the subject, Mr Mohammed Samiuddin, Relationship Manager, HTC-ITMR explained as to how Security Education has become the need of the hour.

Mr. Gunasekaran, Chief Financial officer, HTC shared his rich experience to underline as to how Cyber Security has become an imperative necessity in this age of technology.

The question and answer session that followed was kept informative and useful by the speakers and Dr. B.Muthukuraman.

The well attended event had a fair representation from professionals, senior citizens, students and research scholars and was also well covered by the fourth estate.

The programme concluded with Mr. Ramesh Bashyam, Secretary, CySI thanking the audience and others involved in making the event a grand success.

CySI observers Computer Security Day: 30 Nov, 2012 at 3 PM

HTC Institute of Technology, Management & Research and Cyber Society of India.

Cyber war: Has it begun?

The Workshop on “Cyber War: Has it begun” started at 10 AM with prayer song by CySI Life Member Ms Padma Ramamurthy.

Shi K Srinivasan, President, CySI welcomed the participants describing the awareness initiatives taken by CySI so far in the recent past and introducing the concept of the present workshop, highlighting the need for awareness about the global issues.

Padma Bhushan Shri N. Vittal inaugurating the workshop, spoke briefly about the history of computerization in India especially in the BFSI sector and the positive impact computers have in the present day life. He wondered whether the present day youth can survive a day or just a few hours without an electronic gadget especially a mobile in the hand.

Delivering the key note address, Shri Talwant Singh, Special Judge, CBI Court, New Delhi discussed the threats posed by enemy nations in the net targeting critical establishments in India and how the Government should be prepared and geared up to face any onslaughts.

While delivering the Vote of Thanks, Shri V Rajendran, Senior Vice President emphasized the need for such a workshop in the present day scenario.

After the Tea Break, in the first thematic session, Shri Talwant Singh gave a detailed presentation on Cyber Threats and the Global Scenario highlighting the concerns in the data critical infrastructure in the nation. The second speaker in the thematic session Shri R Vittal Raj, a well-known Information Security expert and an IS Auditor of repute, spoke on the nuances of an Information System Audit in banks.

After the lunch break, the Panel Discussion was chaired by Shri S.N. Ravichandran, Joint Secretary, CySI Coimbatore. He introduced the participants in the panel. G.C.Sekar Associate Editor, The Telegraph spoke on "Information Warfare: Reporting in the Net" followed by Dr Kalyani Suresh presenting her views on sensitive and sensationalist media. Shri Kirubashankar CEO, Business Blogging presented his views on Social Networking Sites. Summing up, Shri Ravichandran highlighted the role of responsible media. He also presented the technicalities in digital evidences and cyber crime investigation and related forensics.

Shri Suresh Kamath formerly MD, Lasersoft presented a useful session on cyber crime in banking software applications as part of the Thematic Session – II.

The valedictory session was addressed by Dr R Thilagaraj, Head of the Department of Criminology, University of Madras speaking on the significance of cyber forensics courses conducted by the University. Shri J.D. Sharma represented the views of bank officers’ fraternity especially in a computerized environment.

Almost all the 90 participants gave excellent feed-back requesting to be called again for such events to be organized by CySI. The workshop concluded with vote of thanks by the Secretary Shri Shanker Kumar.

CySI organises Press Meet 28 Aug 12 on blocking of web-sites.
The recent exodus of North East persons, which was in part triggered by anonymous text messages, social media-fuelled rumors and doctored images, represented the first instance of cyber-terrorism in India. Cyber Society of India (CySI), as a committed NGO, welcomes the immediate initiative taken by the Government of India to block SMS messages and some internet sites thereby preventing a major catastrophe in the nation. There were many queries to CySI officials from the Press and concerned public seeking technological and legal opinions about the government's action initiated. CySI convened a Press Meet on 28 Aug at 3 PM at the Chennai Press Club. It was a very well attended meeting. Ten electronic media and all the main-line print media besides wire agencies like IANS and PTI and others have carried news items about the event.

Press release issued by CySI:
While the Government has the responsibility to block the anti-social messages through internet and mobile, it should also ensure that the freedom of expression enshrined in the constitution is protected. While such blocking is a fire-fighting measure, government should take preventive action for such cyber attacks in future, which may distort the communal fabric and integrity of the nation even by taking steps like blocking the IP addresses, having a national level gateway etc.

Steps like seeking an id proof for creating a web-site can be easily taken, which is practically possible and technically feasible and dependable from investigation angle. Already mail providers do have a system of sending the confirmation PIN to a nominated mobile number, on entering which only, the email would be activated. This system when followed for all email and social networking site providers in India will ensure an authentication of mobile number verification based on which the Know Your Customer details of the user can be verified from the telecom provider in case of any investigation or fraud. This system will go a long way in the much debated Content Provider vs. Service Provider’s roles and clearly fix responsibilities on both.

The present laws in India including Information Technology Act are sufficient to handle any cyber-attacks. Though CERT-In has been empowered with sufficient teeth to act in this regard, the government may if necessary, re-affirm such powers so that instead of referring to Courts, CERT In can take immediate decisions on blocking in accordance with the procedures, instead of passing on to other agencies.

There should not be any lack of coordination between various Government agencies., Ministries and investigating agencies (NTRO, RAW, IB, Defence, State Governments etc.), which may cause serious challenges in future, when such cyber-attacks happen.

Appointment of a Super Monitoring Nodal agency to exclusively look after the cyber security of the nation should be considered. This agency should be empowered to receive information of potential attacks from intelligence agencies and take preventive and corrective action with well-defined powers vested with it.

As a long term solution, India should develop and use indigenous operating systems, search engines, servers, anti-virus software’s and if possible, the necessary hardware too. This will ensure self-dependence without resorting to other nations for technological or network support in time of such attacks.

In view of the growing internet and mobile users, the citizens should make use of the technology with more discipline, to avoid any legal problems. After all, the constitution lays down duties for citizens too as enshrined in its Article 51-A. Forwarding provocative messages, unverified information should be strictly avoided. CySI urges the Government, NGOs and the Media to create more awareness among the citizens especially the students and educated youth about the safe and secured use of the technology.

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Workshop conducted exclusively for the pressmen and journalists.
Conducted a Workshop on Saturday 15 October at 10 AM at the Press Club, Govt Estates, Chennai 600002, exclusively for the Pressmen and Journalists. Dr. Santhosh Babu inaugurated the event and valuable inputs on security concerns especially those affecting the youth. He highlighted the significance of e-governance and the intiatives the government has taken in this direction. Shri Bharathi Tamizhan, Shri Nurullah senior journalists besides a host of newsmen, reports and journalists participated. Shri K Srinivasan President of CySI welcomed the gathering. In the panel discussion that followed, Shri V Rajendran, Senior Vice President, Shri S.N. Ravichandran, Joint Secretary Shri M.L. Srinivasan, Life Member and and Dr B Muthukumaran Life Member replied questions on issues ranging from I.T. Laws to e-governance, virus and malware, botnets and cyber espionage etc. There was a good media interaction. Team of reporters from Deccan Chronicle, Dinamalar, Dinakaran, and from Big FM participated in a fruitful and informative discussion in cyber security issues. Shri Shanker Kumar, Secretary CySI proposed vote of thanks.
Workshop on "Cyber Crimes: Safe and Secur e Banking" in Chennai 11 June 2011.
CySI is now organizing a Workshop on "Cyber Crimes: Safe and Secur-e-banking" on Saturday, 11th June 2011 from 9.30 AM to 5 P.M. at Prof S.M. Diaz Hall, Dept of Criminology, Madras University, Chennai 600005.
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CySI represented in ASSOCHAM Meeting in Delhi
Assocham International Conference on Cyber And Network Security "Safeguarding the Digital Economy" was held on 1st April 2011 in New Delhi. CySI was an associate partner. CySI was represented by its Coimbatore Chapter Co-ordinator Shri S.N. Ravichandran. The 1-day event was a high-profile one with leading industry representatives especially from software and Information Security/IS Audit participating in the various sessions. Shri Pavan Duggal the noted Cyber Crime Lawyer participated in the first session and Dr Gulshan Rai, Director General and Head, CERT-in chaired the second session in which among others, CySI was represented by Shri S.N. Ravichandran who highlighted the complexity in investigating a network and cyber security offence. His session evoked much participation throwing up lots of interactive questions and discussions in the process especially on the social aspects of and the necessity for the popular certificate courses called "Ethical Hacking" when hacking itself is a crime punishable under I.T. Act.
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Computer Security Day Meeting was organised on 30-11-2010 at Infosys Campus Brahmagupta Auditorium, Sholinganallur, Chennai at 3 PM
Shri R. Ramamurthy Chairman of CySI welcomed the participants and gave an overall view of the activities of CySI.

Shri K.R. Ananda, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India inaugurated the event and spoke on the present day scenario in data security, electronic transactions especially in the financial sector. He discussed the intiatives taken by RBI in enhancing the level of security and increasing security awareness among users of electronic banking channels in banks.

Dr. Purnendu Misra Principal Officer and Joint Director General, Ministry of Shipping presented a useful and infromative presentation on the Mobile communication and the security hazrds in it.

Shri Balaksrishnan, Sholinganallur Centre Head of Infosys spoke about the threats and vulnerabilities in the corporate world, especially in the Internet.

Shri S.N. Ravichandran CEO Nilgiri Chemicals Coimbatore and Secretary CySI Cimbatore presented the information warfare in a global scenario highlighting the modus operandi in white collar crimes.

Shri V. Balakrishnan CIO of Polaris Software, spoke about the various standards and practical aspect of enfocring security in MNCs and software corporates.

Shri S Charuhasan the noted Advocate from Chennai gave the strength of I.T. Act compring it with I.P.C. and the Cr.P.C.

There was a very useful interactive, question and answer session with participants raising questions and seeking clarifications on various security related issues from the dignitaries.

Prof V Prithviraj Principal of Pondicherry Engg College, Puducherry sumed up the proceedings and proposed vote of thanks.

Cyber Security and Bio Metrics Workshop in PSG Coimbatore
PSG College of Technology organised a 2-day workshop in the PSG Campus Auditorium Coimbatore on “Cyber Security and Bio-metrics” on 24 and 25 March 2011. The programme was inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore Shri C. Shylendra Babu who delivered a meaningful and focussed lecture on Cyber Crimes listened by the students with rapt attention. The Commissioner enthusiastically interacted with the students.

Shri R Ramamurthy, Chairman CySI spoke on the Global Scenario in Cyber Crimes and the role played by CySI in creating awareness and conducting workshops and conferences on issues relating Information Security and computer offences. Shri Shanker Kumar presented the issues on ATM, Internet Banking related frauds and the modalities to protect oneself from such offences. Shri S.N. Ravichandar presented the practical problems in investigating a cyber crime.

On the second day of the workshop, (25-3-11), the first session was on “Cyber Laws and Digital Forensics” handled by Shri V Rajendran who presented the entire legal perspective in handling a cyber crime and the evidences management including dealing with cyber forensics. The second session of the day was a thematic session on Bio Metrics wherein Dr B. Muthukumaran presented the technological angle in bio metrics going into the aspect of capturing the same, retrieval, verification, storing etc. In the first afternoon session Shri J Prasanna spoke about malware, spyware and anti virus and the threats to data in an unprotected systems especially through such malicious software. The last session was a Question and Answer Session in the form of a panel discussion in which all the CySI members participated answering variety of questions raised by students.

All the students actively involved in interacting with the Commissioner and members of CySI on issues relating to cyber crime and the present day scenario in combating the same.
CySI was requested to address the Police officials in the Commissioner Office, Coimbatore on 4th Sept 2010.

Earlier, on 3rd Sept SNS College of Technology in Coimbatore organised a 1-day programme in their College Auditorium on "Cyber Crimes Issues and Preventive Measures". The seminar was presided over by Dr.V.P. Arunachalam, Principal of the College in the presence of Dr S.N. Subramanian, Director cum Secretary. Dr.C.Sylendra Babu, Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore was the Chief Guest who spoke in detail on the technicalities of Cyber Crimes and gave useful tips to the student community on safe surfing and security over the net. Chairman of CySI Shri R. Ramamurthy gave an overall idea of different cyber crimes from a national and global perspective. Secretary of Cyber Society Shri V Rajendran spoke about the various provisions of I.T.Act and their interpretations in dealing with different cyber crimes. Dr. B. Muthukumaran Jt Secy, CySI gave a very informative and useful presentation on Network Security and Cyber Attacks. Shri A.P. Chandrasekar and Shri S.N. Ravichandran both from CySI Coimbatore gave a detailed account of various social networking sites and advised the students the vulnerable areas in such sites.

 

On 4th Sept, Commissioner office arranged for a Seminar on Cyber Crimes. Inaugurating the seminar Dr C Sylendra Babu narrated the recent achievements of Cyber Crime Cell in nabbing the culprits and in solving many cyber crime cases including the one in which the accused was wanted by Interpol in their list. CySI Chairman Shri R Ramamurthy spoke about emerging trends in technology like cloud computing etc and presented the vulnerable and crime-prone areas in each. Shri V Rajendran gave a detailed account of various provisions of I.T. Act and described the importance of e-records and the unique features of electronic evidences, evidence gathering, presentation and ensuring their irrefutability. Shri J. Prasanna from Cyber Society of INdia Bangalore presented the various tools used in cyber crimes especially on areas concerning trans-border terrorism, use of internet in espionage etc. Dr B. Muthukumaran spoke about the various network tools and network security. Towards the end, the Commissioner honoured the speakers with mementoes and lauded their efforts in making the seminar very useful and informative. CySI speakers were requested to make more such presentations at more frequent intervals on topics covering different areas of cyber crimes.

1-day workshop on Cyber Crimes and Digital Forensics

A one-day workshop was organised by Cyber Society of India at S.M. Diaz Hall, University of Madras on 2-7-10 from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM. Chairman of CySi Shri R. Ramamurthy welcomed the participants. Describing the coverage areas in the workshop, he spoke about the activities of CySi in its objectives of increasing awareness about Cyber Crimes.


Dr R. Thilagaraj, Head, Dept of Criminology, University of Madras inaugurating the workshop spoke on the present day scenario in criminology especially cyber criminology and lauded the efforts of NGO's like Cyber Society of India touching upon the areas where academic institutions can play a greater role. He underlined the increasing interest shown by youngsters in the area of data security as seen by the increased response to courses like M.Sc. Cyber Forensics offered by Madras University.


Shri R Vittal Raj, the noted Information Security consultant gave a powerful presentation on information security, the threats and vulnerabilities. Highlighting the challenges of today in the area of information security and the threats of botnets and zombies, he recommended a cautious approach for all the netizens especially in the light of dangers posed by professional hackers and cyber attackers organized as hackers' groups and other uorganised forums.

This session was followed by a panel discussion with Dr M. Sudhakar, Addl Dy Commr of Police, Cyber Crime Cell, Chennai, Shri A. Kandasamy, Asst Commr of Police, Bank Fraud Cell, Shri R. Charuhasan, Advocate on the dais. Shri Ramamurthy as the Moderator introduced the panelists. Dr.Sudhakar initiated the discussion citing instances from his vast experience in the areas of cybercrime investigation. Shri Kandasamy quoted instances of credit card frauds, skimming frauds and the role of banks, highlighting the responsibilities of bank personnel in combatting card related frauds. Shri Charuhasan spoke about the need to strengthen the existing laws especially the provisions of I.T. Act to deal firmly with cyber offences. Questions fielded by participants were replied in an enthusiastic manner by Dr Sudhakar. The session was very lively with active participation from everyone.

Shri V Rajendran, spoke on the relevance of I.T. Act and the evidentiary mechanism dealt with in it. He described the various provisions of I.T Act as amended in 2008 especially in areas dealing with maintenance of e-records and provisions relating to submission of e-records as evidences.

In the post lunch session, Smt Kalavathy, State Forensics Dept spoke about the digital forensics, computer hard-disk, mobile phone etc narrating instances of how forensics evidences are dealt with. Shri Venkatesan of Lab Systems India Pvt. Ltd., the main sponsors of the event, gave a useful lecture on the importance of hard-disk evidence, techniques of capturing evidences. Drawing from his rich experience of dealing with different cyber crimes and computer related offences, he spoke about the significance of forensics tools and the evidenciary values from the tools. Shri Yadav also from Lab Systems, gave a vivid presentation of their forensic tool EnCase and its usefulness in the police departments throughout the country and abroad too.

 

Shri S.N. Ravichandran from CySI Coimbatore shared his experiences in investigating and assisting the police in the cyber crime area especially in bank fraud cases. He highlighted the practical problems faced by the investigators right from the stage of enquiry, FIR and upto the stage of final conviction.

 

Participants enquired about the effectiveness of various tools like EnCase in the field of cyber crime investigations and evidences. At the end of the workshop, a Technical demo was arranged for those participants, who were interested in the technical details.


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Awareness programme on Cyber Crime for Puducherry Police

CySI was assigned the task of designing and conducting a two-day workshop on Cyber Crimes exclusively for the police officials of Puducherry. The course was conducted at Puducherry Police Training School ably co-ordinated and assisted by the Principal of Police Training College, Shri A. Vijayakumar, Supdt of Police and inaugurated by him in the presence of four Supdts of Police and a host of other police officials. Totally 40 police officials from different divisions/stations of Puducherry police attended the programme.

Shri R. Ramamurthy, Chairman CySI welcomed the participants and spoke on Cyber Crime in general giving an introduction to computer frauds in all its ramifications and the presence scenario in the country. He added valuable inputs enhancing the contents of the training programme highlighting the contribution of police officials in combatting cyber crimes. Shri V Rajendran gave an introduction to the 2-day programme and started the schedule with a brief introduction to computer systems, operating systems etc. Dr B. Muthukumaran handled the session on networking giving an introduction to networking components, IP addresses, email and internets with special reference to users' perspective on where to look for in the event of cyber crimes and computer threats. Shri P.N.A. Shanker Kumar described the hard-ware components of a computer system including the network components and the peripherals.

On day 2 (Saturday 22 May 2010) Shri S.N. Ravichandran from CySI Coimbatore handled all the practical problems faced by the police in dealing with a cyber crime. He spoke on the practical difficulties faced by the investigators especially in a mobile fraud, email related crimes and ATMs and other banking related crimes. Dr Muthukumaran dwelt at length on tracing an IP address and tracing the sender of an email, knowledge of which is essentially required for police officials. In the afternoon, Shri V Rajendran spoke on the regulatory and investigative mechanism in the country detailing the various important sections of I.T. Act and other related enactments in the country describing the cyber evidence scenario.

The programme concluded with distribution of certificates by the Chairman and a host of questions fielded by almost all the participants.

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Cyber Security Workshop in Crescent University

Cresecent University Vandalur, Chennai organised a two-day Inter-College workshop on Cyber Security on 26th and 27th April 2010.  CySI President Prof. K. Subramaniam and Chairman Shri R. Ramamurthy in their inaugural address spoke about the various aspects of Cyber Security today.  Subsequently, Shri M.L. Srinivasan gave a vivid and useful presentation on 'Network Security'  followed by Shri J. Prasanna speaking on DoS Attacks, fire-walls and anti-virus.  Shri S.N. Ravichandran spoke about the practical problems encountered in dealing with and investigating cyber crimes.  On 27th Dr B. Muthukumaran spoke on Botnets and SCADA and related security in the global scenario.  Shri V. Rajendran spoke on 'Security Concerns in electronic delivery channels in banks'.  Shri R. Ramamurthy summed up the proceedings and distributed certificates in the presence of the Dean, Prof Sriram, HoD Computer Science Dept and other college officials. 

CySI Delhi Chapter

CySI Delhi Chapter inaugurated on 13-2-2010 at the Main Conference Room, IIPA, Indraprashtha New Delhi by Hon'bleShri M.M.Pallam Raju, Minister of State for Defence as the Chief Guest Presidential Addressed rendered by Shri R. Chandrashekar, Secretary, DIT, Govt of India.

Chapter Introduction by Shri S. Ramakrishnan, former Director General, C-DAC

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National Seminar on Cyber Society in RMK Engineering College

CySI in association with RMK Engg. College organised a 2-day National Seminar on 22 and 23 Jan 2010 in which CySI Chairman and other principal office-bearers participated and addressed the participants. Besides the students and faculty from RMK Engg. College, senior faculty members, research scholars and tudents from various disciplines from Anna University and other colleges attended.


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Seminar on Computer Security on 30th Nov 09
CySI organises a Workshop on Cyber Crimes in financial transactions

Workshop on "Combating Cyber Crimes in financial transaction and the role of Standards"

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International Telecom Union FORUM

"ICTs for economic growth and sustainable development"

Hosted by the Geneva Government
5 - 9 October 2009.

CySI offers Certificate Courses

CySI organizes a one-day course of 7-hour duration on Cyber Law and Information Security with the four sessions i) Security concerns in electronic banking channels like ATM, e-banking, Credit Cards etc ii) Introduction to internet and email and the secure practices iii) Security in network iv) I.T. Act and its relevance to common man. Depending upon the user interaction, there may be interactive sessions and question and answer sessions at the end of the day for about 30 minutes.
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Bangaluru Chapter Meeting on 29-8-09

Press Release dated 30th August 2009 from Cyber Society of India, Bangaluru on UID Project of GoI. 

Cyber Society of India:  UID is a challenging task 

Cyber Society of India, a non-profit and non-commercial organisation set up with a view to creating awareness on the use of internet, email, cyber crimes, fraud-prone areas in e-commerce and electronic banking etc, with registered office in Chennai, convened a meeting of its Bangaluru Chapter on 29th August Saturday.  The meeting was organized mainly to discuss the UID Project of Government of India and its impact on the common man, the challenges and the road-map.  The meeting was chaired by the Bangaluru Chapter Chairman Shri R. Sri Kumar, IPS, former Inspector General of Police, a tech-savvy senior police official, and attended by a host of corporate representatives from software and telecom industry. 

Chairman of CySI Bangaluru Shri R. Sri Kumar welcomed the gathering and started the debate on the main point of the agenda – UID and its challenges. He said that it is a massive exercise with very wide ramifications and a very extensive reach that would affect every citizen of the country.  He said that all citizens should come forward to make the exercise a success, adding that every individual is responsible for his data, should take care to give the correct data and ensure that the information gets updated periodically, avoiding room for any malpractices like duplication and impersonation . 

Smr R. Rajalakshmi, Director Software Technology Parks of India, Bangaluru stated that integration of all kinds of data available with the government as well as the accuracy of all the data so collected is the primary concern.  Shri K.K. Kutty, former CMD of CMC Ltd stated that there should be an incentive for the citizens to volunteer UID information and to go in for the UID number immediately.  Shri Naavi, Cyber Law consultant, stated that NGO's like CySI have a major role to play in spreading awareness on the use and utilities of the UID project and strive to make the project a success, giving inputs to the government whenever required. 

Founder-Chairman of CySI Shri R. Ramamurthy described the technical, legal and socio-cultural angle in the UID project.  President of CySI Shri K. Subramaniam, IT Consultant to the CAG and Director, IGNOU, New Delhi spoke about the practical problems in  implementation of the project.  Secretary of CySI Shri V Rajendran proposed vote of thanks. 

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CySI organizes a Conclave on UID Project of Govt of India

Meeting of Bangaluru Chapter of CySI has been organized on Saturday, 29th August 2009 at 4 PM at Gemini Communications Ltd, 18/11B, Roopena Agrahara, Hosur Road, Bangalore – 560 068, Ph: +91 96204 71000, This meeting will mainly discuss the Unique ID Project of the Government of India and how CySI can contribute towards the project. Top IT experts and representatives from the Corporate world in Bangaluru have been invited. Admission by invitation only.

CySI Chairman and Secretary invited for FICCI Meeting 28th Oct 09

Chairman of CySI Shri R. Ramamurthy and Secretary Shri V Rajendran were invited for the First Meeting of FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council for 2009-10 to take part in the deliberations on the Role of FICCI in the Education Sector and to discuss the road-map and Action Plan for the year.  The meeting, presided over by Shri P.Murari, Advisor to President, was held on 18th August 2009 at 4.00 PM at Hotel New Woodlands, Mylapore,  Chennai 600004.  Panelists included top academicians from the City, Registrars of Universities, FICCI's Education Committee members and Professors and Heads of Departments from renowned colleges and Business Schools of repute. 

Panelists debated issues like:

  • Gaps prevalent in the industry's requirements of talents and that provided by b-schools
  • Need for revising MBS and other curriculum to bring it closer to the industry and to the people to make it more purposeful and useful
  • Importance of emphasis on national culture in the present day education system
  • Role of an inter-college forum for info-exchange among educational institutions
  • Greater role of FICCI in the society in shaping up the educational system
  • Increased role of FICCI in the academic system to build a more vibrant nation
  • Larger role of FICCI in areas like agriculture and farm sector to guide the rural sector….

The entire discussions were quite meaningful and the points were all recorded.   FICCI decided to assimilate all the points,  convene the next meeting and take the subject forward and then finalise the action plan.

Worldwide Security Conference

CySI Chairman was invited to speak in the Worldwide Security Conference held on 18th & 19th Feb. 2009 at Brussels.     The conference was very well attended. India had four representatives. Lt. General {Retd} Satish Nambiar, Member, UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change & Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff, India delivered the Keynote speech. Our Chairman was a panel speaker on "First Steps to Cyber 'peace' ; information warfare. Mr. Kanwal Sibal, former Secretary, Foreign affairs and our Chairman were involved in a high level meeting, where it was decided to form a group of USA, Russia, China and India for issues on Cyber crime prevention and for joint action on Cyber issues. Mr. Kumar , Editor Lok Satta, and our Chairman were involved in a panel discussion on the ' Media and Terrorism: An accurate picture or a distorted Lens'.  Several issues were discussed during the deliberations of the conference.  Details about the discussion and decisions taken during the conference will be made available in the site shortly. 

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Workshop on Cyber Security & Assurance in BFSI sector

Senator Hall, Hotel Residency Towers, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017

Day 1 Friday 24-10-08

9.15 am : Registration

9.30 : Welcome Address – Concept of the Workshop by Shri R. Ramamurthy, Chairman

9.40 : Inaugural Address -- Mr. Scott Woodard, Political / Economic Officer, U.S.Consulate

10.00 : Key-note Address -- “My perspective on Cyber Crime” – Shri N. Vittal, Former CVC

10.40 : Vote of Thanks – Shri U.P. Prakasham, Jt Secretary CySI

10.45 : Security Concerns in electronic delivery channels in banks – Shri V. Rajendran, Secretary, CySI

11.20 Tea

11.30 : l Interactive Panel Session: Initiatives to curb Cyber Crimes in BFSI - Adequate?

Panelists:

Dr Sudhakar, Police and Investigators’ Angle
Asst Commissioner, Chennai City Police Cyber Crime Cell

Shri S.B.C. Karunakaran, BFSI Sector Employees’ Concerns
Former Vice President IOB Officers’ Association and Labour Law Advocate

Shri Vijay Kumar, An External Auditor’s perspective
Director Qadit Systems (P) Ltd

Shri R. Selvaraju, The Internal Audit perspective
Chief Manager, Information Systems Audit, Indian Overseas Bank

1.00 PM : Lunch

1.45 : Audit and Systems Security Management in electronic delivery channels
Shri R. Chandrasekar, Director, Tejas Brainware Systems (P) Ltd

2.45 : Security Issues in BFSI Software Applications
Shri Suresh Kamath, CEO, LaserSoft Info Systems Ltd

3.30 : Tea

3.45 : Cyber Forensic Tools – Demo Presentation by Shri Ramani, Additional Director, CDAC, Trivandrum

4.20 : Recap on the day’s deliberations

4.30 : Conclude day’s proceedings.

Day II Saturday 25-10-08

9.45 am : Cyber Evidence and Prevention of Cyber Crime in BFSI
Key Note Address: Shri S. Ramakrishnan, Director-General, CDAC-Pune

10.30 : Shri M.L. Srinivasan, CEO, Chennainet, Security concerns in interbank settlements

11.00 : Shri K. Srinivasan, Managing Director, PR Point P Ltd., Cyber Crime in the Communication World

11.30 : Tea

11.45 : Network Security in BFSI transactions
Dr. B. Muthukumaran, Chief IT Security Consultant, Gemini Communication Ltd.

12.15 : Security Issues in data management -- Data Centre, CBS data and related issues
Shri A. Vijayakumar, Asst General Manager, Karur Vysya Bank Ltd.

1.00 Lunch

1.30 : Security Concerns in financial transactions
Shri Sripada Srinivasa, Vice President, Quality, Perot Systems

2.15 : Evidence Management in Information Technology Act
Shri C.L. Ramakrishnan, former Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu

3.00 : Valedictory Address – Shri J. Chandrasekaran, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Chennai

3.45 : TEA & Conclusion

Important Events

Cyber Crime Issues & eGovernance

At the request of the D.I.G. Prosecution, members of CySI participated in a Seminar organized in Police Training College, Chennai-Ashok Nagar and presented papers on Cyber Crime issues and the Prosecution side from I.T. point of view. Assistant Public Prosecutors from different cities and towns in Tamil Nadu participated in the workshop. Members of Cyber Society from Chennai and its Coimbatore Chapter were present in the occasion. Chairman of CySI Shri R. Ramamurthy gave an introductory speech in which he broadly touched upon the present day cyber crime scenario and highlighted the need for the law enforcement agencies to be a step ahead of the fraudsters. CySI President Dr K Subramaniam, Technology Adviser, Govt of India, Office of the C.A.G., New Delhi delivered a lecture on Cyber Crime issues and e-governance and its vulnerabilities. He discussed case studies on the practical implications of various provisions in the different legislations that may be of help to the prosecution side. Shri V Rajendran, Treasurer CySI discussed the different sections of Information Technology Dept, 2000 and presented some of the cases that have been decided in different courts on I.T. Act in the country so far. He also presented the amendments that have already been tabled in the Parliament and are about to be passed shortly.

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Seminar on "Staying Secure in Cyberspace"

Cyber Society Inaugurated its Bangalore Chapter and conducted a Seminar on Cyber Security. Eminent personalities presided over the event and participated actively.

Mr.T.Theethan, President, Cyber Society of India made the Welcome Address.The Keynote Address was given by Mr. Bimal Bhavnani, Director, KPMG.

Mr. Jens Hempel, Head of operations TuV, Rheinland made Theme Introduction.

A Special Address on Cyber security - Impact on Outsourcing was given by Mr.B.V Naidu, Director -STPI.

Inaugural Address made by Dr. N.Seshagiri, Former DG, NIC. Click here to view the article

Round-table on cyber crime and cyber communication
A roundtable discussion was held on Saturday the 23rd July 2005 (half-day) at Chennai to discuss various challenges posed by cyber crimes and cyber communication. This programme was jointly organized by Cyber Society of India (CySI). Many leading experts participated in it.

CSI and Cyber Society debates on IT act amedments

CSI and cyber society held a joint conference on IT amedments, various issues including dilution of the law towards intermediataries were discussed.The impact on cyber cafe, banks and ISPs was discussed. Need for more amedments on spamming and pornography was also discussed.

Television

Sun TV (Tamil Nadu) special coverage on 'Misuse of photo on matrimonial site

Sun TV (Tamil Nadu) special coverage on 'Netbanking & Credit Card online issues'

SunTV (Tamil Nadu) special coverage on 'Banking issues - netbanking, credit cards, phising attacks' on 21st march 2006

Sun TV (Tamil Nadu) special coverage on 'Cyber Crime'

Interview of Chairman appeared in Nakkeeran Tamil magazine in December 2008

Interview of Secretay Shri Rajendran on I.T. Act, and Interview of Joint Secretary Shri Muthukumaran on Wifi Security, appeared in Chennai Deccan Chronicle dted 17 Sept 2008.

News and Presentation

Nasscom in association with AP police had organised Cyber Safety Week in Hyderabad. Mr.J.Prasanna, Joint Secretary of Cyber Society spoke in schools and colleges of Hyderabad on 'Cyber Safety'.

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News Article on Cyber Safety Week conducted in Times of India, Hyderabad

Download Presentation on Cyber Safety

 

ARTICLES & LINKS FROM NEWS PAPER/MAGAZINES/PORTALS

Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/Apr212004/snt7.asp

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/apr072004/snt6.asp

Business Line

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/ew/2006/02/27/stories/2006022700190300.htm

Mr. R.Ramamurthy,Chairman writes in Business line. Click Here

Nasscom Website

http://www.nasscom.in/Nasscom/templates/NormalPage.aspx?id=44681

http://www.nasscom.org/Nasscom/templates/NormalPage.aspx?id=17326

http://www.nasscom.org/Nasscom/templates/NormalPage.aspx?id=6066

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