KTH-SEECS Applied Information Security Lab

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

Seminars


  1. School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) in collaboration with Pakistan Information Association (PISA) has organized a 5-days "Cyber Secure Pakistan (CSP)" conference at NUST from April 8th to 12th. The conference consisted of number of hands on trainings and workshops. In parallel to these activities, the seminars on the two most important aspects of cyber security took place. The seminars were “Cloud Computing: Savior or a Buzzword” and “Digital Forensics”.

    Dr. Sheheryar Malik, the chief guest in Cloud Computing Seminar, gave a proper introduction to cloud computing and related concepts. He explained why it has become a need of the computing world of today and told about the various benefits of cloud computing. By showing detailed statistics, Dr. Sheheryar explained that the growth rate of the market of cloud computing has exceeded expectations of the experts. He clarified that the development of trust between the cloud service provider and the client is the most crucial issue of cloud computing.

    Dr. Awais Shibli, Head of Software Engineering Department at SEECS-NUST, presented the main challenges related to cloud computing. He started off with a small video which explained the key idea behind cloud computing and why it was developed. He agreed with Dr. Sheheryar Malik on the fact that trust between the client and the cloud service provider is indeed the main issue because the client never really knows where his or her data is actually located. Afterwards, Mr. Abdullah Abid and Mr. Muhammad Umar Hayat Kayani, students of Masters in Information Security, NUST-SEECS, gave a small address on Microsoft Azure, the cloud service of Microsoft. They told about the different services which can be configured using Azure and how these cloud services ensure authentication, performance and other concepts related to information security. An interactive Question & Answer session took place where representatives from different information security organizations, faculty and students asked various queries like how cloud computing can be implemented in different industries and academic institutes of Pakistan. After a photograph of the audience with the chief guest and the presenters, they were welcomed to a refreshing cup of tea with tasty treats. After the tea break, Mr. Ghulam Jaffar and Mr. Mohsin Javed, also students of Masters in Information Security at SEECS discussed Amazon Web Services and how they can be developed on the cloud. He also explained how they can help with different functions of the cloud.

    An equally informative seminar on Digital Forensics was given by Dr. Shehzad Saleem, a faculty member at SEECS. Being quite interactive with the audience, Dr. Shehzad discussed the importance of digital forensics and how it can assist in solving the very complex cases related to information security. He presented his extensive research on the topic and clarified the main process involved in digital forensics and how its techniques can be used effectively. He also explained how digital forensics can play a part in the corporate setup. The seminar ended with the audience, which also included representatives from the information security industry and academic institutes, having a quite solid idea of digital forensics.

     

     

     

     

     

     

       
       
  2. The advances in science and technology over the past century have created many unresolved global security challenges for policy makers and the governments. Extensive use of Internet has exposed nations, corporations and individuals to cyber-criminality and cyber-terrorism that could paralyze countries entire global economy.

    Like many other nations, Pakistan is also maturing its IT industry. In fact, IT is one of the flourishing sectors of Pakistan with a capability of giving outstanding output. Nevertheless, cyber is a major national security threat of Pakistan today, with direct impact to its economic, domestic, and defense interests. OWing to the increasing developments, majorly in the field of nuclear energy, the concern of securing the nuclear infrastructure and critical network from cyber-attack has increased. Pakistan, therefore, is in dire need of coordinating, implementing and enforcing cyber security strategies among government and private sectors.

    NUST took an initiative to organize a brief 2-hour session on "Cyber Security Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Pakistan" on March 04, 2015 in CIPS, NUST, H-12/Islamabad. The primary goal of the session was to highlight the increasing threats of Cyber Crimes and Cyber Terrorism in Pakistan. The session was aimed at gathering the major stakeholders from across the country to exchange information in areas of cyber security policy and help enforce the 7 Action Cyber Secure Pakistan Plan together with the establishment of think tanks. This can help us to continue to grow the nation’s economy and protect our way of life.

    Speakers included:

    Post Seminar report can be find here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

       
       
  3. The seminar "Cloud Computing: Buzzword or a saviour" was held on December 6, 2013 in NUST H-12/Islamabad. The agenda of this seminar was to develop awareness and interest of students in cloud computing by highlighting different challenges and opportunities of cloud in Pakistan. The importance of cloud computing, trends of the field, qualms that avers the people from using the technology and safeguard to mitigate security risks in cloud were the main topics of the seminar. Also, the funded project by National ICT R&D entitled "Extensible access control framework for cloud based applications" was discussed briefly in the seminar. Students from different schools of NUST attended this seminar and gained the preliminary knowledge of cloud. Speakers included:

    • Dr. Awais Shibli (HoD Software Engineering -- SEECS-NUST)
    • Dr. Abdul Ghafoor (HoD Postgraduate Studies -- SEECS-NUST)
    • Ms. Rahat Masood (Research Fellow -- SEECS-NUST)

    Post Seminar report can be find here.