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IIT Mandi to host virtual workshop on cyber security, Registration is free

The IIT Mandi virtual workshop aims at helping participants understand the influence of adversarial cognition on the decision-making of cyber adversaries

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) is hosting a virtual workshop on Adversarial Cyber Security on 23 and 24 September 2020. The workshop will have invited talks from a number of leading academicians and industry experts, said a statement from the institute.

The workshop is a part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) to enhance educational linkages between the two countries and is jointly organised by Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory of IIT Mandi, India, Cyber Security Research Center, London Metropolitan University, UK, and Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration, UK.

The workshop will discuss the influence of adversarial cognition on the decision making of adversaries, the prevalence of several cyber defence strategies, and the use of game-theoretic and machine learning tools and techniques in cyber security research.

The two-day virtual workshop will be particularly beneficial to engineering students, researchers, engineers and scientists working in various institutes, and those who are curious to learn new things alike. Dr. Varun Dutt, Coordinator of the workshop and Associate Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, IIT Mandi, said: “This UKIERI-DST workshop would be the first of its kind between IIT Mandi, India, and London Metropolitan University, UK, and it provides an excellent forum for top cybersecurity researchers and industry practitioners to share their views on defenses against cyber threats. I am hopeful that this event will be a stepping stone to more academic collaborations between IIT Mandi and London Metropolitan University in the near future.”

Cyber security refers to the protection of internet-connected systems from an attack, damage or unauthorised access. It is important because, these days, most of the data is kept on the computers and other devices, which may include sensitive information for which unauthorised access or exposure could have negative consequences.

Objectives of the IIT Mandi Cyber Security Workshop

The primary objectives of this workshop are:

  • Discussion on the influence of adversarial cognition on the decision- making of adversaries as single individuals and teams.
  • The workshop will cover research related to adversarial mental models, the influence of recent and frequent experiences on adversarial decisions and adversarial strategies for waging cyber attack.
  • Discussion on the prevalence of several cyber defence strategies The workshop will cover research that discusses the use of honeypots (deception), intrusion detection systems and other approaches for monitoring suspicious network-related activities.
  • Discussion on the use of game-theoretic and machine learning tools and techniques in cyber security research In this workshop, discussion on different cyber security games that allow researchers to compute optimal nash actions and deviations from adversary actions from nash actions is proposed.
  • To impart knowledge and experience sharing about the cognitive and social aspects involved in the cyber attacks and cyber defence Interested participants can make their submissions through the workshop’s website.
  • Deadline for paper submissions is 31 August 2020. Registration for the workshop is free.

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