India West Staff Reporter
FREMONT, CA – When it comes to cyber threats, you can’t always predict when they will occur. But we can prepare. The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) hosted a virtual “Cyber Security Summit” with 20 speakers on May 21.
Voices representing the cybersecurity industry – software vendors, risk management consultants, cybersecurity industry innovators, emerging tech startups, and government and board officials were present, according to a press release.
The summit was co-chaired by ASEI National President Piyush Malik, who is chief digital and transformation officer at Veridic Solutions, and Bhawna Singh, senior vice president of engineering at the cybersecurity provider. They started by contextualizing the what and why of cybersecurity and the threat landscape: 59% of Americans have been victims of cybercrime, 70% of small businesses are totally unprepared for a cyberattack, 88% of professional hackers can infiltrate an organization within 12 hours and worldwide nearly $7 trillion is lost due to cybercrime.
In his keynote, titled “Enabling Engineers to Build a Secure Future,” Palo Alto Networks’ Ankur Shah discussed supply chains as new targets for malicious actors and offered advice to engineers in the community. . He emphasized security as a shared responsibility and presented a solution to break down silos by prescribing a DevSecOps approach and leveraging automation.
Aastha Verma, as Chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA Vulnerability Branch, shared many resources to help the public understand how government and the public can work together to reduce cyber risk. . She drew attention to the ‘Shields up’ and ‘Presidents Cup’ initiatives which are all available on the CISA website.
Zoom’s Jyothsna Lekkala then talked about software supply chain security and how it has evolved from physical to software since the 9/11 attacks.
Moderated by Invigrid CEO Yogita Parulekar, a panel focused on the daunting talent gap in the cybersecurity space with panelists Chirag Shah, Nataraj Nagaratnam and Laxmish Bhat. The “Women in Cybersecurity” panel was led by Chitra Dharmarajan with panelists Rupa Mittapalli, Upasna Saluja and Anusha Vaidhyanathan.
With an explosion of sensor-infused devices around us, from wearables and cameras to microwaves and fridges and more, all estimated to hit 55.7 billion IOT devices by 2025, Agas Somasundaram explained why IOT security is important.
The geopolitical panel was moderated by author Niharika Srivastav and addressed the geopolitical instability caused by the threats of the Russian-Ukrainian war as well as the red nations. The panelists were Rita Archrekar, Anshu Gupta and Vishal Chawla
The cybersecurity summit’s closing keynote on “insider threats, information sharing with entity resolution and privacy” by design came from former IBM Fellow Jeff Jonas, who was beaming from France to speak of how technologies he invented like non-obvious relationship awareness led him to detect and protect Las Vegas casinos from millions of dollars in fraud.
The vote of thanks from ASEI’s National Director, Sam Ladwa, closed the event.
There was eagerness and excitement throughout the event with more than 165 attendees, a press release said.