Ground Zero Summit 2013 - Asia’s largest Information Security Summit Kicks off in New Delhi

New Delhi, November 07, 2013: In an attempt to generate information security awareness and combat sophisticated threats that the country is facing in cyber security domain, the “Information Security Consortium” - an independent apex body and an outcome of an alliance between industry and Government of India kicked off Ground Zero Summit 2013 at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi today.

The inauguration speech by given by Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India, the special address was made by Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman – National Council on Cyber Security, ASSOCHAM. Special Keynote was given by Dr. S.K. Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Government of Gujarat and Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator - Director General, CERT-In, Government of India and Mr. Muktesh Chander, IPS, Joint CP, Delhi Police. Shantanu Ghosh, VP and MD – India Product Operations, Symantec Corporation addressed an executive keynote on Cyber readiness challenges. Special note was given by Chief Guest H.E. Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh.

Day 2 will witness Keynote by Dr. Nirmalijeet Singh Kalsi, IAS, Joint Secretary (Police) – II, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India; Capt. P Raghu Raman, CEO, NATGRID and John McAfee, Original founder, McAfee.

The two day conference will take a holistic view of the Information Security landscape in Asia and will examine various issues related to it. It also focuses on the Information Security challenges emerging on the horizon and looks at finding ways in which enterprises, service providers and government can overcome challenges. The vision of the Summit is to guide the development of next generation cyber security policies and technology, to bring about changes in the current process, involve all affected industries and form the largest PPP in this domain.

Ground Zero Summit is a result of collaboration between different security conferences in the country that have joined hands to create a massive platform for cyber security research, technology showcase and policy creation and amendments. Ground Zero Summit in its debut year has emerged as the largest collaborative platform in Asia for this. It has proved to be Asia’s largest Information Security gathering for industry experts converging private and government players, to bring across issues in information/cyber security space, which is being presented, debated and deliberated over four days - two days of technical conference, followed by two days of hands-on technical workshops on information security. G0S will be a triple track conference with papers, demos and presentations focusing on the key areas concerning Information Security.

Some of the key focus areas at the event were:

  •  Cyber readiness challenges
  • Cloud Security: Enabling continuous, scalable security for today’s hyper connected world
  •  Exploring accuracy and correctness of modern network defence products
  •  Towards a next generation secure Internet
  • Evolution of network security around Software Defined Networking (SDN) – The intelligent network
  •  Internet – Transforming terrorism
  •  Surveillance, privacy and cyber espionage, in the aftermath of PRISM

The summit is a result of an industry - government alliance in this domain, and a collaborative effort between the four major cyber security conferences in the region viz. ClubHack, c0c0n, Malcon, nullcon and InfoSec research firm INNEFU. The summit will be executed by UBM India Pvt Ltd, a leading player in the live media space and the largest trade exhibition organizer in India responsible for over 20 large scale exhibitions.
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