The next phase of cyber security at Amity University is Artificial Intelligence : J. S. Sodhi, CIO, Amity Education Group
Updated on: 11 Jun 2016
To stop and deflect attacks and targeted malware Amity University has deployed Advance Threat Protection Sensor (ATP). In the next phase, ATP will use artificial intelligence to simulate the IT infrastructure of the entire country
"The threat to education sector is certainly getting worse. With vast stores of personal data and expensive research, universities are becoming prime targets for hackers. And mind you, these aren't just college kids trying to change their grades but potentially "nation-state actors" much like the hackers who target large corporations," says JS Sodhi, VP & CIO, Amity Education Group and Executive Director-Cyborg Cyber Forensics & Information Security (CCFIS). The Amity Education group has over 1,00,000 students studying across 1000 acres of hi-tech campuses spread over Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad , Gurgoan and many National & International Campuses across the globe. To stop and deflect attacks and targeted malware to its IT Infrastructure, JS Sodhi and his team created a National Cyber Alert System with its flagship technology Advance Threat Protection Sensor (ATP). In an interview with Rashi Varshney of Express Computer, Sodhi shares the journey about how making cyber walls unbreakable for Amity across the globe led formation of the startup Cyborg Cyber Forensics and Information Security Pvt Ltd (CCFIS), a Research Organization at Amity Innovation Incubator, by Amity Education Group for securing cyber walls for enterprise and government organization. Edited excerpts
Please tell us about the National Cyber Alert System
The National Cyber Alert System is a project where we intend to deploy the network of our flagship product, Advance Threat Protection Sensor (ATP) across all Internet service providers (ISPs) of India in order to safeguard the country's IT infrastructure. The ATPs installed on different ISPs shall create a 'Ring of Fire' across India which shall not only capture general and targeted attacks along with malware but also deflect them, before they enter the country. The data from all ATP sensors installed across ISPs would be collected at our Central Threat Intelligence Collection Center and at our Global Security Operation Center (GSOC – Malware Analysis Lab). The malware captured would be reverse engineered by our highly skilled attack analysis team who would generate reports and security bulletins observing trends of malwares on different parameters and give recommendations on how to safeguard enterprises from such lethal malware. Also a real time alert of attacks would be generated to share research analysis, intelligence report forecasting future attacks, attackers and attack patterns and other malware trends with ISPs, government agencies, security researchers and companies which will foster an environment of research collaboration where the Internet community can fight together. Along with a real-time online forum, a graphical real-time map will also be created. The technology used for National Cyber Alert System which is our flagship product, Advance Threat Protection Sensor (ATP) got developed out of the need to secure the internal IT network of Amity University from any dreadful compromise. And then because of the threat landscape that the national IT infrastructure faces today, the idea of National Cyber Alert System got originated.
Though organizations have already deployed some kind of security solutions either hardware or software to safeguard their network from cyber threats and even ISPs have deployed several high end firewalls that blocks malware and attacks on ISP levels from reaching end users, only a few of them are doing analysis of attacks or malwares to understand the key reasons behind the targeting. So the National Cyber Alert System has played a pivotal role in gathering intelligence information, and passing real time alerts of targeted attacks.
Could you please elaborate more on the technologies used for the successful setup of the National Cyber Alert System?