Bipin Rawat : Data Protection is important for country’s security

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 12 : Highlighting the need to modernise the IT Act in the country, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday said ‘Data Protection’ is important for the country’s Security.

Stating that formulation of a Cyber Security Policy at the National level is in its final stage, Bipin Rawat said data security is essential for personal security and National security.

Gen Rawat said this while delivering the inaugural address at the 14th edition of ‘c0c0n-2021’, the annual Hacking and Cyber Security Briefing, hosted by the Kerala police in association with the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace( POLCYB ), a not-for-profit society based in British Columbia, Canada and Information Security Research Association (ISRA), a non-profit organisation.

During the COVID era, living conditions have been changed and more and more people switched over to Internet platforms, and subsequently the crime rate has also been multiplied, he underlined.

“As large number of people depend on online jobs, private data became publicly available leading to serious cyber crimes. Hence, all agencies should work together for ensuring cyber security.”

Appreciating the efforts of the Kerala Police for organizing the event, the Chief of Defence Staff said c0c0n has been gaining popularity for the past 13 years.
That proves the public’s confidence in Cyber Security Conferences, he said and wished that it would benefit more people.

Kerala DGP Anil Kant delivered the introductory speech. Manoj Abraham, ADGP and Vice Chairman c0c0n organizing committee, explained the features of the 14th Edition of c0c0n conference.

President of ISRA (Information Security Research Association) Mr Manu Zacharia -co-organizer of the c0c0n conference and Ms Bessie Pang, one of the founders and Executive Director of The Society For The Policing Of Cyberspace (POLCYB) also spoke during the Inaugral Ceremony.

Jeff Jarrett, WWE Hall of Fame & Professional Wrestling Promoter and Executive, attended as a Celebrity Guest.

Tech Mahindra Managing Director and CEO C.P. Gurnani also delivered keynote speeches on various topics.

The head of cyber security of the UAE government, Dr. Mohammed Al Kuwaiti, Chairman of the Royal Office of Sheikh Ahmed bin Faisal Al Qasmi in the UAE, Dr. Thomas Salekhi, Chairman, ISRO; K Sivan and others will deliver keynote speeches on various topics on Saturday.

This year marks the 14th year of ‘c0c0n’ having the theme of Improvise, Adapt and Overcome. The four-day conference began with two days of pre conference workshops on November 10 and 11 followed by two days of workshop on November 12 and 13.

About 10,000 delegates from various countries and 74 National and International speakers at different levels wee participating in more than 40 sessions on 4 different tracks covering the emerging security domains.

The details of speakers can be accessed on This year also ‘c0c0n’ sticks on to the new normal of going virtual considering the pandemic scenario, so that paramount importance is given to the safety and wellbeing of speakers, sponsors, delegates and staff.

Nevertheless, c0c0n committed to deliver quality content in a virtual setting in a time frame that would engage as many of the communities across the globe as possible.

It also provides an information sharing platform on cyber security issues, enhancement of law enforcement agencies/corporates/researchers/academia’s effectiveness and efficiency through the improvement of the technical and administrative capabilities in incident handling and a channel to discuss strategic directions and future challenges.


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