“India still requires 5,000 or more cyber security professionals to handle crimes ruining our economy,” said National Cyber Security Coordinator, PMO, New Delhi, Gulshan Rai.
He was addressing a gathering of young engineering students and academicians at the end of Cyber Security Research and Innovation contests conducted by US Consulate, Chennai and implemented by Learning Links Foundation.
The grand finale was held at VIT University’s Chennai campus on Thursday. Rajalakshmi Engineering College students’ team won the honours for their project on ‘Smart App’, which envisages video/audio piracy through smart phones. There were prizes for providing solutions on Network themes and Eco Commerce themes. The contest included a series of hackathons hosted in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Tiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Coimbatore, and Chennai.
Mr. Rai added cyber security was a vast and fast growing discipline with immense opportunities for Indian youth to become cyber security professionals and also take up innovation and entrepreneurial venture in the Cyber Security Area.
US Consul General, Chennai, Phillip A. Min said the August 2015 U.S.-India Cyber dialogue covered the full gamut of cyber security issues and support provided by US Consulates support of Cyber Security Research and Innovation Contests also upholds out commitment to this collective responsibility. “It compliments two governments’ efforts on skill development in the field of cyber security,” he said.
President of LLF, Nuria Ansari said while the contests were focussed on creating awareness and developing skills in cyber security, the platform was designed to promote networking initiatives for budding engineers to inspire and enable skill development and innovation in the field.
VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan, Assistant Vice-President, Kadambari S Viswanathan and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, P. Gunasekaran spoke.
Contests held to
test their skills, inspire and enable skill development
in the field