Cyber Security Research Centre opens at PEC
Chandigarh, March 19th 2007, Tribune News Service
Chandigarh today became a pioneer in cyber security in the country with the launching of the Cyber Security Research Centre that will function from Punjab Engineering College. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between NASSCOM, the UT Department of Information Technology and Punjab Engineering College for its running.
Speaking on the occasion Kiran Karnik, president of the NASSCOM, said "cyber crime could be the biggest crime of future and we need to take guard immediately. As more and more banking is going online you could lose your hard earned cash because of hacking. Virtual bombs could blow up your networks. These are only a serious repercussions which can occur due to hacking. Using window programmes and downloading programmes without rights are small offences", Karnik said.
The NASSCOM director said "the research centre was a landmark, not just in the country but in the world, in trying to get the academics close to industry. There are millions of computer users in the country who will soon be billions. Data pertaining to lives people particularly in terms of health, banks and even their personal data on government files which can be accessed or tampered can cause irreversible damage. It is better to create a guard now instead of looking for solutions when the problem arises", he said.
He said the NASSCOM was trying for an extension in the Software Technology Parks of India scheme, the time limit for which was 2009.
Mr N.Saravade, director, Cyber Securities and Compliance at NASSCOM, said "in the past three months India had added 1.8 crore mobile telephones which was equal to the total in the past 50 years. The figures are very revealing on the amount of data we would likely handle in future. We are on verge of information explosion."
Gen S.F.Rodrigues(retd), Governor of Punjab and the UT Administrator, called for a collective and concerted effort for expanding research and infrastructural development programmes in IT Sector, through short and long term planning processes to meet the emerging global challenges. Mr Vijay Gupta, director, Punjab Engineering College, gave a presentation on the vision, objectives, research, human resource empowerment and outreach programmes.
Mr S.K.Sandhu, secretary, IT, briefed the gathering about how a small idea which came up during the e-revolution conference in 2006 had transformed into a reality.
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