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Empowering Educators: State-Level Faculty Development Program on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

In a proactive effort to enhance expertise in the critical fields of cyber security and digital forensics, the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at ATME College of Engineering in Mysuru organized a comprehensive week-long State-level Faculty Development Programme (FDP). The event, held at the college premises, featured an array of experts who shared their knowledge and practical insights, creating awareness about the evolving challenges in cyber security and equipping participants with valuable skills in digital forensics.Strengthening Cybersecurity AwarenessDr. A.M. Sudhakara, Director of Pas3cyberlabs in Mysuru, set the tone for the FDP by delving into “Emerging Trends in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics.” He illustrated his presentation with real-world case studies, highlighting the implications of ransomware attacks on the supply chain and healthcare sector. Dr. Sudhakara’s engaging session not only showcased the importance of cyber security but also emphasized its relevance in various sectors.Practical Insights and Hands-On TrainingMahesh Vastrad, Founder and Managing Director of Agamya Infotech in Dharwad, conducted hands-on sessions focused on network security. Participants were given the opportunity to explore port scanning, exploitation techniques, and tools like Nmap and Metasploit Framework. These practical exercises aimed to provide a deeper understanding of the practical aspects of network security. Additionally, Mr. Vastrad shared insights into ADB, SQLite DB, Genny Motion, and other pertinent topics.Blockchain’s Role in Cyber and Digital ForensicsDr. M.R. Lokesh, a Professor at VCET in Puttur, shed light on the significance of blockchain in the context of cyber and digital forensics. As blockchain technology continues to evolve, understanding its implications in digital investigations becomes crucial for forensic experts and cyber security professionals.Digital Imaging Forensics and Detection ToolsDr. Chennamma, an Associate Professor at JSS STU in Mysuru, delivered an informative session on Digital Imaging Forensics. She discussed the various tools available to detect authentic images from manipulated or forged ones. The presentation covered tools such as JPEG Swoop, Foto Forensics, and Tin Eye, which play a pivotal role in identifying manipulated images.Mobile Forensics and Advanced TechniquesDr. K.T. Veeramanju, Director of Pas3cyberlabs, shared his expertise in digital forensics and mobile forensics. His session delved into advanced features of mobile data recovery, equipping participants with the skills needed to recover digital evidence from mobile devices effectively.Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)Dr. S.P. Shivaprakash, a Professor at JSS STU, enlightened participants about the challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and potential vulnerabilities. He also introduced various IoT security tools, including Armis, ForeScout, ZingBox, and Mucana. As IoT adoption continues to rise, understanding and addressing security concerns are paramount.Creating Cybersecurity Awareness and Practical SkillsThe FDP successfully created awareness among participants about the concurrent challenges in the field of cyber security. The practical hands-on training on forensic tools equipped educators with valuable skills that can be integrated into their teaching and research. The program aimed to prepare educators to impart cutting-edge knowledge to the next generation of cyber security professionals.Acknowledging the Organizers and CoordinatorsThe Faculty Development Programme was made possible through the efforts of the organizers, including Dr. L. Parthasarathy, the Head of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at ATME College of Engineering. Event coordinators Dr. C. Shakunthala, Associate Professor R. Shreeshayana, and Assistant Professors P. Vinod Kumar and S. Maria Sushma played vital roles in ensuring the success of the program.In conclusion, the week-long State-level Faculty Development Programme on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics was a significant step toward enhancing expertise and awareness in these critical fields. The knowledge and skills gained by the participants will contribute to the strengthening of cyber security practices and digital investigations in the region, ultimately benefiting both academia and society.

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