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CSAM 2020

Like every year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) is celebrated at Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology in association with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) to shield everyone from cyber-attacks and inform others regarding various aspects of security. CSAM'20 the flagship event of the team matrix came up with an interesting theme this year- CYBER SELF RELIANCE - IMMUNIZING AGAINST CYBER DECEPTION.
Dr. Dhanya Pramod, director SCIT inaugurated the event by greeting and welcoming all the guests. The Chief Guest for the keynote speech was Mr. Sudarshan Rajagopal. He is a Senior Information Security and IT Executive at Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. with two decades of experience in Business Management and Security Consultant. Also, expertise in the fields of IT Security Strategy and IT Risk Management and Governance. He commenced the session by talking about Hacker Counter-measures, Cyber Deception & Security strategies i.e. three Lines of Defence in the industry and how these lines of defence works in real-time. He centres on- it is better to be safe than sorry. Later, he answered several questions of students regarding Cybersecurity.
After that, the panel discussion was started, which consisted of various esteemed experts including Mr.Muslim Koser, Mr. Shyam Sundar Ramaswami, Ms. Neelu Tripathy, and Ms. Mrudul Uchil working across various roles in the security field. The Moderator for Panel Discussion was Mr. Kushaagra Mehra,Senior Solution Specialist at Smokescreen. The theme of the Panel Discussion was REARMING THE SEEDS OF CYBER DEFENCE - A 360-degree approach to IT Security. The panel discussion began with the concern of the increasing number of cyber-attacks that have taken place in the pandemic and various approaches to mitigate these attacks. Each panel member put a distinct and interesting point during the whole discussion. The panellists spoke about the word 'free' and various negative outcomes related to the price of it because hackers over the globe fascinate the users by providing free services on the internet, and that open backdoors for the hackers. The malware spam in the Covid times has been increased by up to 70%approximately. One of the experts talked regarding the value of Zero Trust Architecture which means that companies should not trust anybody even inside or outside the organization nowadays. The panel emphasized the value of proper and effective policies being implemented to fight with attackers and at the same time they should be followed by every person in the organization. Security concerns during Work from home has increased, can be minimised by innovate and bring intelligence into the security. Panel also spoke about Automation, ML and AI can bring a lot of changes in security areas. The discussion ended with an exciting Q&A session.  
After the panel discussion, Prof. Vidyavati Ramteke thanked the panel and the attendees for their enthusiastic participation. Learning cybersecurity through exciting events like Tug of Words, Internet of Crimes, CTF - Capture the Flag, and CyberQuest was organized to make all the participants aware of the diverse aspects of Cyberworld. These events gave a floor to all the participants to showcase their abilities. All these events provided a boost to skills like time management, leadership, creative thinking, and innovation to solve problems in the participants.