“Every Person in the Country Should Be Cyber-Literate”

Cyber Conclave
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Pune, 25th March 2024: In an era where the internet plays an integral role in our daily lives, cyber security has emerged as a pressing necessity. From financial transactions to entertainment, people rely heavily on the cyber world. With enemy countries and criminals increasingly resorting to cyber attacks, it has become imperative for every individual in the country to be cyber-literate to ensure the nation’s safety.

Experts in the field of cyber security emphasized the importance of education during the Third International Conference on Cyber Security, organized by the Suryadatta International Institute of Cyber Security, under the auspices of the Suryadatta Education Foundation, held at the Bavadhan Campus of Suryadatta.

Distinguished IT Expert Dr. Deepak Shikarpur, Founder President of Suryadatta Education Foundation Prof. Dr. Sanjay B. Chordia, International Cyber Security Consultant Adv. RK Pillai, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Pimpri-Chinchwad Cybercrime Division Sagar Panmand, Senior Correspondent of ‘Sakal’ Anil Savale, Director of Suryadatta Prof. Dr. Pratiksha Vable, and Head of Department Prof. Dr. Manisha Kumbhar were among the prominent figures who participated in the conference.

Dr. Deepak Shikarpur emphasized that website hacking is no longer the primary concern, as no social media platform is entirely secure today. He stressed the importance of self-regulation to ensure personal safety in the cyber world. Prof. Dr. Sanjay B. Chordia highlighted that with the Government of India’s goal of providing internet access to all, cyber-attacks can affect anyone in the country, necessitating awareness and education. He commended Suryadatta for pioneering cyber security courses, including the country’s first B.Sc. in Cyber Security degree program.

Ad Rajas Pingle echoed the need for increased awareness about cyber security, especially with the rise of artificial intelligence making internet usage more accessible but also riskier. He lauded Suryadatta’s initiative to participate in the central government’s ‘Cyber for All’ program. Akshay Mandale emphasized the importance of strengthening cyber laws and enhancing public awareness to empower individuals to respond effectively to cyber-attacks.

RK Pillai stressed that as the cyber world poses a significant threat to humanity’s future, everyone must prioritize cyber security. Dr. Navin Chaudhary asserted that educational institutions bear the responsibility of making students cyber literate, equipping them with the knowledge needed to navigate the cyber world safely. Sagar Panmand cautioned against the misuse of social media leading to cyber crimes and emphasized the importance of positive online behavior among youth.

Ad Jayashree Nangre underscored the increasing prevalence of digital financial transactions and the corresponding rise in cyber crimes, emphasizing the need for cyber security awareness, especially among seniors. Chandan Chaurasia highlighted the interconnectedness of traditional and cyber security, emphasizing that neglecting cyber security makes us economically and socially vulnerable.

Anil Sawle emphasized the media’s role in raising awareness about cyber security and urged users to exercise caution during online activities. Dr. Harold D’Costa informed students about career opportunities in cyber security, emphasizing the growing demand for skilled professionals in the field.

The conference concluded with the presentation of the ‘Suryadatta Cyber Tech Award’ to Dr. Deepak Shikarpur, Adv Rajas Pingle, Dr. Harold D’Costa, Chandan Chaurasia, Navin Kumar Chaudhary, RK Pillai, Jayashree Nangre, Nazmeen Ansari, Sagar Panmand, and Anil Sawale for their contributions to cyber security. Prof. Dr. Pratiksha Vable, Dr. Arif Sheikh, and Prof. Dr. Manisha Kumhar delivered insightful seminars, while Prashant Pitalia moderated the conference.