Monday, 7 January 2019

DiSAI holds one day workshop on Emerging trends of Digital Security at Anna University

Digital Security Association of India (DiSAI)  the fourth initiative of your monthly e-magazine PreSense organized a seminar on Digital Security: Emerging Trends” on Saturday, 5 Jan 2019, at Raman Auditorium, Anna University Campus, Chennai. With the Data Privacy Act in India expected to be passed any time, this Seminar on Data Privacy related issues cannot be more appropriately timed. 

The event commenced with a welcome address by Shri V Rajendran, Chairman DiSAI, who briefly narrating the history of DiSAI and explaining the importance of this seminar.  Hon’ble Justice Thiru T. Raja, Judge Madras High Court inaugurating the event spoke on the significance of IT laws in India.  Delivering the Key Note Address, Shri P. Kandaswamy, IPS, ADGP (Admin), Chennai took the audience through an array of the most reported cyber crimes presenting  the techno legal issues in these.  Dr. T.V. Gopal proposed vote of thanks, touching upon the key take-aways from a seminar of this type.

In the first thematic session, Smt S.P. Lavanya, Addl S.P. CB-CID, gave a presentation on the investigation issues in cyber crimes and quoted the statistics published by National Crime Records Bureau.  Shri R. Vittal Raj the well-known Infosec Consultant,  presented the regulatory aspects in cyber crimes in India, emphasizing the significance of various RBI inititatives.  Shri P. Logesh Babu from Asian Law College, Chennai gave an interesting presentation on the Anatomy of a Cyber Crime.

The first session post-lunch, was a panel discussion chaired by Shri S. Nagaragan,  Gen Secy, All India Bank Officers’ Association in which panelists representing the information security industry, academia and digital forensics presented their respective perspectives explaining their contribution in the area of creating awareness on cyber crimes and underlining the role played by digital forensics, information security policy etc in the domain of data privacy.  There was a live demo of ethical hacking explaining to the audience how a mobile hand-set could be hacked and the data stolen.  After the panel discussion, Dr R. Bascarane from Puduherry Police gave a very lively and thought-provoking lecture on the practical and social aspects of data privacy in India.

The valedictory session commenced at 4 PM with the welcome address by Shri U.P. Prakasham, Vice President of DiSAI.   Hon’ble Thiru Dr. J. Jayavardhan, Member of Parliament, South Chennai Lok Sabha constituency presented a national view on data privacy and cyber crimes and enlightened the audience on the significant steps taken by the government and proposed to be taken, especially relying on his role as a member of Parliamentary Committee on I.T.  

Shri R. Bhagwan Singh, Executive Editor, Deccan Chronicle briefly presented the journey of digitalization in India, travelling down the memory lane from the days of reporting a news item through telegram or fax, to the present day of instant reporting through WhatsApp type of social networking sites.  Shri Ramesh Sethuraman, proposed vote of thanks involving the audience in an interactive session.

Report by Ramesh Sethuraman, Secretary, DiSAI


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