Mumbai : Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been adjudged the winner of the DSCI Cyber Champions Excellence Award 2021 for Cyber Security Education by the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) a not-for-profit, industry body on data protection in India, set up by NASSCOM. Celebrating excellence in cybersecurity and privacy for a decade.
The Award committee cited a plethora of winning factors that contributed in favour of Amrita which include: academic graduate programmes specialized in Cybersecurity, conducted a unique programme to promote women (www.shakticon.com) in cybersecurity through various initiatives, multiple labs to cater to the learning of advanced technologies like AI, IoT, Big data, Ethical Hacking, Cyber Physical Systems and Hardware security, significant investment in infrastructure and curriculum for hands-on learning and training.
In the acceptance speech Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, Dean PG Programs said “We applaud DSCI, NASSCOM and MeiTY for creating such a grand platform focused on security and data privacy. We thank DSCI for inviting us to this award ceremony and appreciate the panel of juries for diligent selection work. Cyber-attacks and security breaches put millions of people across the world at risk for having their sensitive information in the wrong hands. The research programs at Amrita strives to keep a healthy balance between theory and experiment. It’s only fitting to see multidisciplinary partners in industry, academia, and government come together to advance the use of the newest computing and Cybersecurity tools and resources and accelerate innovation impacting many sectors. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has transformed cybersecurity education into a social cause. The core vision and mission of the University led by our Revered Chancellor, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi revolve around value based education, compassion driven research and societal impact. Our effort at Centre for Cybersecurity Systems & Networks that been PAN-India has touched over 23 states with a diverse set of beneficiaries that span across students, professionals, law-enforcement, government and corporate organizations. Our research and coursework in cyber security, network security and cryptography are targeted towards delivering the necessary technologies and also creating leaders in research, industry and governance who would bring forward such transformation in India which is undergoing the digital revolution right now as we talk. We are not only keen to raising awareness about security issues but creating indigenous pathways to address India’s needs. We are humbled and honoured with this recognition and dedicate this award to all those striving to create awareness, mitigate vulnerabilities and promote common good.”
Education has been one of the key sectors which have been deeply impacted due to various physical restrictions in these unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic. The university took comprehensive measures to ensure pedagogic practices that motivate students to engage in learning. One of the most significant effort was made through a portal https://cyber.amrita.edu – where citizens, faculty or students can ask for help on any cybersecurity issue they were facing. We incorporated “Get Help Now” (Self-Helpdesk) in addition to sections on thefts, attacks and protection that related to COVID-19 related cyber-crimes.