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Kerala to go ahead with cybersecurity conference
By Ashraf Padanna September 12, 2018
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TRIVANDRUM: The southern state of Kerala devastated by the century’s worst floods last month will go ahead with the international conference on cybersecurity next month as planned but not burdening the exchequer.

A top cop who initiated the annual event a decade back said the state police department had returned Rs 2 million allotted for the project this year after the deluge.

Instead, the information technology industry body, GTech, and a few international agencies will foot the conference bills, and delegates will have to bear their expenses.

“Kerala Police is not meeting the expenses of any delegate or hosting anyone attending the conference,” said Inspector General Manoj Abraham leading the state’s cyber cops. “The conference is more like a training session showcasing the latest trends in cybersecurity.”

Kerala is among the few Indian states that effectively deals with the cybercrimes and cyberattacks which experts feel could cripple economies, nation states and society.

As part of the project named c0c0n, international experts will train 120 officers, 20 software engineers and 15 defence forces in cybercrimes, forensics and warfare.

The c0c0n also trains some 500 officers on policy matters and updates them on the latest in these complicated areas.

Billed as India’s longest running international conference and workshop on cybersecurity, data privacy and hacking, it will be held at Hotel Grand Hyatt Kochi from October 3 to 6.

The speakers include Dr Gulshan Rai, the chief information security officer at the Prime Minister’s Office, Adam Blackwell, chair of Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy, World Economic Forum, and Tony Thomas, chief information officer of Nissan.

Top executives of the world’s leading cybersecurity firms and banks are also participating in the 11th edition.

“On the sidelines will be an exhibition that will provide a learning experience on the latest software and hardware in cybersecurity,” he said.

“The importance of cybersecurity in our day to day life and rising cybercrimes, getting more complicated, makes the conference evermore important.”

The experts are also focussing on a safe operating environment for new technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, self-driving cars and the internet of things.

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