Ground Zero Summit 2013, an alliance between the industry and Government of India and promoted by the Information Security Consortium in a 4 day Summit ended on November 10, 2013, announced the first free Antivirus in India – “PO” (Privacy On) for android phones, which was unveiled by H.E. Shekhar Dutt, Hon’ble Governor of Chhattisgarh.
The summit is a result of an industry – government alliance in this domain, and a collaborative effort between the four major cyber security conferences in the region viz. ClubHack, c0c0n, Malcon, nullcon and InfoSec research firm INNEFU. The summit will be executed by UBM India Pvt Ltd, a leading player in the live media space and the largest trade exhibition organizer in India responsible for over 20 large scale exhibitions.
Summit witnessed some important keynote by Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, IAS, Joint Secretary (Police) – II, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India; Capt. P Raghu Raman, CEO, NATGRID. John McAfee, Original founder, McAfee addressed the audience via Skype chat.
Indian security researcher and hacker Atul Alex Cherian demonstrated a Zero-Day Attack (an attack for which there is no fix yet) about hacking hardware and embedded systems especially focused on ADSL routers which are widely deployed by the ISPs in India for millions of customers.
Commenting on the same, Mr. Rajshekar Murthy, Director, National Security Database, said “The attack on these devices could allow a complete control on the device remotely including monitoring of the end user activity, such as what website the user was visiting or browsing as well as probability of stealing their passwords and other sensitive data.”
The two day conference focused on the Information Security challenges emerging on the horizon and finding ways in which enterprises, service providers and government can overcome challenges. The vision of the Summit was to guide the development of next generation cyber security policies and technology, to bring about changes in the current process, involve all affected industries and form the largest PPP in this domain.