Amrita varsity establishes cyber security hub

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 07, 2017 02:56 PM IST

Chennai: Amrita University's Technology Business Incubator (TBI) and its Centre for Cyber security Systems and Networks (CCSN) have come together to set up India's fi rst startup hub to focus exclusively on cyber security. The initiative will bring together research, funding and industry on the same platform to build the next wave of cyber security startups in India, said a press release.

"There are more than 4,000 startups in the country today, but less than 100 operate in the field of cyber security and build related products. With wars being fought every minute across the world in cyberspace, cyber security has become a strategic national priority. India needs to tackle this challenge from both an economic and military perspective. The new Amrita University Cyber security Startup Hub would enable us to usher in a new era of innovation, research and startups in the field of cyber security, helping us meet a critical national need," said university's TBI chief executive officer Krishnashree Achuthan.

The new startup hub will promote indigenous product development, audit and compliance testing, and creation of test beds that replicate the internet and enterprise environments. The focus areas will include mobile, cloud, cyber-physical systems, digital forensics, cryptography, malware analysis, and so on.

The university's TBI is one of the only six incubators selected from 232 contenders across India to be made world-class under NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the release said.

The scenario

India witnessed an estimated 50,000 cyber security incidents in 2015. More than 26,000 websites have been defaced and 91 lakh infected systems have been detected in the country till now. 80% of all cyber crimes go unreported. Without strong software security and protection techniques, all software-based systems are vulnerable to devastating attacks from hackers and spies.