Workshop on Cyber Security

ALIGARH: Taking the cue from the growing cyber threat of varied nature, the Department of Computer Science, Aligarh Muslim University organized a 7-day workshop on “Cyber Security Essentials” to enable students, professionals and experts, working in this area, to upgrade their knowledge through hands-on training sessions.

Addressing the valedictory programme, chief guest, Professor Mohd Ashraf (Dean, Faculty of Science) congratulated the organizers of the workshop for choosing a relevant topic for the workshop. He said specific knowledge of cyber security measures is the need of the hour and such workshops provide students with a clear picture of future prospects and career opportunities in the cyber industry.

Guest of honour, Professor Mohd Nafees Ahamd Ansari (Director, Centre for Distance and Online Learning, AMU) pointed out that although online transactions are convenient and beneficial to people, they also pose serious threats including data theft, online transaction frauds and cheating scams. He discussed the concept citing the international scenario of 5th generation war and termed this event as highly relevant. He underscored the need to train and produce experts who are equipped with essential technical knowledge and competence to deal with cyber security issues.

Another guest of honour, Dr Parvez Mahmood Khan (Director, Prof M N Farooqui Computer Centre, AMU) said internet has made the world a global village and knowledge of cyber security is essential for the professionals who seek to protect the cyber space from attack, damage, misuse and economic espionage.

Mr Anas Zakir, a computer science graduate and an expert in cyber security assisted in the conduct of the workshop as a resource person. He has secured more than 30+ applications, including the AMU website, Crew Clothing (UK based fashion and clothing company), Hubspot (an American famous company for developing software and marketing), Nykaa (an Indian e-commerce company), Business Reporter (UK based news company), etc. He has also conducted several online sessions on cybersecurity and digital forensics and delivered lectures on web application security.

Earlier, Prof Aasim Zafar welcomed the guests and appreciated the efforts of Dr Faisal Anwer for organizing the workshop. He said the software industry is in dire need of cyber security experts and the Department of Computer Science is planning to organize more workshops in this field.

The participants were given certificates of participation and Dr Arman Rasool Faridi proposed a vote of thanks.