Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Manav Rachna International University organised a workshop on Cloud Computing and Security in Social Networks under the Association for Computing Machinery(ACM) student chapter. The workshop was held on February 22, 2017.
The session began with the welcoming and a brief introduction of the distinguished speaker Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (“PK”) . PK is an Associate Professor, at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, India, since August 2009. He is a TEDx and an ACM Distinguished speaker. He plays an advisory role in various government organizations and a Fortune 500 company. He is the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC) at IIIT-Delhi. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is primarily excited about and works on issues related to Privacy and Security in Online Social Media, Computational Social Science, and Data Science for Social Good. In the past 8 years of his faculty life, he has managed projects close to 800,000 USDs (approx. 5 crores of Indian rupees).
Dr. Suresh Kumar-Head of Department (CSE), Prof Anil Chopra – Professor CSE, FET, and other faculty members along with a good number of students of computer science field were present there.
Prof. PK spoke about Privacy and Security in Online Social Media where he stated other facts like “the rising number of deaths related to selfies and discussed few ideas to prevent these”; following this he talked about his research regarding browser extensions which are stealing your data. His research calculated about 218 extensions that will steal your data if you install them. He also did mention about how people share their mobile numbers on social media platforms related misuses. In the end, he made the students aware about the publicly available government data that can be tracked, questioning our privacy. He also gave a view of a web application called OCEAN (Open-source Collation of eGovernment data And Networks) as it collects publicly available data via PAN card, Driver’s license, Voter Id and displayed all at a single platform.
Next Session was dedicated to Cloud Computing and was presented by Mr. Amit Sharma – Technical Seminar Expert at APTRON Services, where he discussed about cloud computing and its advantages over traditional IT systems. He also stated some facts and figures on how using AWS (Amazon Web Services ) is cheaper.
The students who were present thoroughly enjoyed the session and the expert talks sparked many with new ideas.