Sushobhan Mukherjee


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“Infosec Global 2018”, 3rd International Infosec Summit in Kolkata

Preface

Last two years “InfoSec Global” had added a new feather in the cap for Kolkata. The worshiping of Cyber Wisdom is the major festival has become a critical milestone for the city of joy to welcome winter.

3rd Edition of International InfoSec Summit “InfoSec Global 2018”, took place at The Park, Kolkata on 16th November, 2018.

InfoSec Foundation is a non-profit Foundation dedicated for cyber awareness for citizens. This is being shaped as a platform to exchange ideas among different stakeholders like Govt., Banks, Police, Corporates, deciding best practice for industry, creating a road-map for Cyber Security, Information Security, Data Security in order to have cross pollination.

In the mission of spreading Citizen Awareness, we have already taken many steps pan India basis apart from our initiatives in Bangladesh, Africa and United Kingdom. Last two years we had organized international InfoSec Summit in Kolkata with all different stakeholders. Last July-August, we had concluded a 4 City CISO Symposium (Kolkata-Delhi-Bangalore-Mumbai) to connect the CISO community.

This year the event has grown larger with greater impact, reach, content and participation.

InfoSec Foundation is already working as voice of citizen where we bring in all stakeholders together to create a more aware and responsive ecosystem. Connect and extend initiatives that have not reached the targeted audiences, find gaps and demand raise the silent voice so that it reaches the ears of policy makers and functionaries.

Summits, CIO Roundtables, Print Journals, Cyber Security Help lines, Seminars, Training, Workshops, Product Development – these are few envisaged areas we have already started working in India, Bangladesh, UK and Africa.

InfoSec Global 2018 is the outcome of same vision driven by Infosec Foundation.

Infosec Global 2018, Kolkata

Infosec Foundation had taken the important responsibility through the International InfoSec Summit to ignite cyber security wisdoms among stake holders. Third edition of this International Summit took place on 16th November, 2016 followed by 2nd Edition on 3rd  November, 2017 And first edition on 18th November, 2018 in Kolkata. These event series has become integral part for the eastern Eco system to leverage the opportunity to connect the best Cyber Security Experts across the globe and get enriched with cyber knowledge.

This year the event was supported by West Bengal Government, NASSCOM, STPI and IEEE. Besides Prime Infoserv, Fortinet, FireEye, Kaspersky, IBM Security, Vehere, India Cyber Security Solutions, Global Insurance, Tata Teleservices, Hipla were the key sponsors who helped us to make it possible.

    

Theme of the Event

‘Cyber Resilience and Agility in your Digital Future” was the theme for the 3rd International Infosec Summit in Kolkata this year. The program was designed for the leaders from the field of IT Infrastructure, Data Security, and Information Security across verticals. With the spread of Digital Assets and connectivity, the flexibility and agility is most important parameters to have proactive Defense. The strategies, action plans, learning, case studies, technology and process benchmarking etc. were highlighted during the summit in order to have greater wisdom for the audience.

Speakers and Topics

The event was graced with Chief Guest Dr.Gulshan Rai (Chief Cyber Security, PMO, Govt. of India). Mr. Shyamal Datta (IPS Retd., Former Director – IB, Former Governor of Nagaland), Mr. Debasish Sen ( IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Information Technology & Electronics, Govt. of West Bengal), Mr.HariKusumakar (IPS, Secy Co-ordination, Home & Hill Affairs and Satet Cyber Crime Co-ordinator, West Bengal), Mr. Sanjay Mahapatra (Editor, Enterprise IT World) and Mr.Sushobhan Mukherjee (Chairman, Infosec FOundation and CEO , Prime Infoserv) was part of the inaugural panel.

 

Besides, the event had witnesses array of speakers across industry with the gracious presence of the global thought leaders. Eminent personalities like Dr.Ajeet Bajpai (Director General, NCIIPC), Ms.Vaishali Bhagwat (Partner VP -Shintre & Associates), Mr. Michael Joseph (Director, Systems Engineering, Fortinet),Mr.Nabankur Sen (Bandhan Bank), Mr.Shrikant SHitole (Country Hed, FireEye), Mr.Akshay Verma (Global Insurance), Mr.Gautam Kapoor (Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte India), Mr.Ahmed Rokibur Rahman (AVP, Head of ICT, Woori Bank, Bangladesh),  Mr.Debasish Ghosh (Chief Internal Auditor – Srei Group, President – Institute of Internal Auditors), Mr.Vishak Raman (Director, Security Business, Cisco India & SAARC),Mr. Anup Deb (IBM Resilient, Singapore), Dr. Amar Prasad Reddy (Director General, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards), Mr. Gant Redmon (IBM, United States), Mr.Sanjay Das (Deputy Secretary, Information Technology & Electronics, Govt. of West Bengal), Mr. Debasish Dey (Professor and Director, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology), Mr.Ashok Sharma (Co-founder, and CTO, QOS Technology), Dr. Amlan Chakraborti (Professor & Director. AK Choudhury School of IT, University of Calcutta), Mr. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Shah(Security Consultant, FireEye), Mr. Dinesh O Bareja (COO – Open Security Alliance), Mr. Arijit Samanta (Regional Head, East India & Bangladesh, Kaspersky), Mr. Ritesh Bhatia (Director – Cybercrime Investigations, V4WEB Cybersecurity), Mr. Partha Sengupta (Vice President, ITC Infotech), Mr. Gigi Joseph (CISO, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre), Mr. Michael Joseph (Director, Systems Engineering, Fortinet), Mr. Arnab Bhattacharyya (Partner, Ernest & Young), Mr. Mohammad Zahinul Islam (Managing Director, lnter Exchange Solutions Limited, Bangladesh), Mr. Rana Sircar (Ericsson) etc. had graced the audience with their deep insight.

    

There were many interesting topics like Evolution of Cyber Resilience in Digital India, Cyber Crime, Cyber warfare, International Cyber Law, Digital Transformation is demanding “Tear down These Walls”,

Beyond Compliance- Security Challenges For Financial Services Industry, Integrated Architecture Approach to Securing your Enterprise, Security Orchestration and Managed Defense, Paradigm Shift of Indian Cyber Security, Vulnerabilities around Blockchain, Cyber Security Capacity Building – Turning Knowledge Into Performance, Threat Hunting, Infrastructure Security, Building Next Generation Cyber Defence, Rising Threats of Darknet, Taking Cyber Security To The Board Room, 5G Security etc.

Audience

There were 250+ people attended the event with delegations from all leading corporates, enterprises, academia, government, law enforcement agencies, manufacturers, providers etc. not only from india, but also from Bangladesh, Singapore, United States and United Kingdom in order to have true global flavor.

The audience were mainly from senior management, decision makers in the stature of MD, CEO, CIO, CFO, COO, GM etc.

 

There were 30+ Media Houses from print, television, radio and web platforms who were keen to spread the buzz to the mass audience.

Take Aways

The event had great deliberations in exchanging thoughts, knowledge, ideas, and case studies on cyber security among the speakers, audience, attendees, participating stakeholders. The same had not only generated great enthusiasm over networking, but also generated direct business opportunity.

The event has raised several voices, concerns from the community, extended government / policy makers’ roadmap, articulated steps on synchronization between stakeholders and surely created platform for enriched knowledge in order to have better wisdom. It was indeed a great platform for students, cyber aspirants to learn, engage and contribute.

6th Edition of InfoQuest (the dedicated print journal of Information security) got unveiled during the summit. The print journal is working as a great tool as the mouthpiece of the industry in cyber security domain.

 

Infosec foundation had recognized several individuals and communities for their significant contribution in the domain.

  

Music was also not kept aside. Mr.Parijat played his solo songs ranging from Bob Dillon, RD Burman to his own Bengali Compositions whereas The Band Spectrum played the instrumental under the leadership of Arnab Bhattacharyya.

 

Infosec foundation is continuously working to connect human spirits beyond tools and technology and in effect, there was special attention on food apart from Music.

The lunch was consisting of Papri Chaat, Various Choices of Salads, Grilled Fish with Lemon Capers, Tandoori Chicken Butter Masala, Dhokar Dalna, Navratan Korma, Dal Makhni, Steamed Rice, Raita, Dahi Wada, Indian Bread, Kulcha, Hot Gulab Jamun and Ice Cream. Post Cocktail over snacs,  Dinner was of mix of Green Salad, Russian Salad, Fish Orly, Chicken Tikka Lababdar, Chhannar Dalna, Mixed Subzi Jhalfrezi, Rajma Masala, Peas and Corn Pulao, Anar Raita, Butter Naan, Assorted Sandesh, Angoori Rasmalai etc. The blend of traditional bengali cuisine with the nort indian delicacy had generated immense excitement in the audience.

The story does not end here. The journey will continue. Stay tuned for our upcoming movements.

More photographs can be fetched here.

Any queries can be directed to secretariat@infoconglobal.org

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