Data security is one of the major concerns in the telecom and IT industry. While cloud solutions have emerged as a viable option, the adoption of the same has not occurred at the expected pace. This was the topic of discussion during the National Seminar on Information Security, Cloud Computing: Implications for MSMEs, organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on 30th May, 2012, in association with its knowledge partner Albion Infotel, a leading IT solutions provider.
Shri Kapil Sibal, Honourable Minister of Communications and IT, Government of India; Sanjeev Gupta, President & Managing Director, Albion Infotel Pvt. Ltd; and Sandip Somany, President PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, were present at the day-long seminar and discussed pertinent issues related to Data, Information and Cyber Security. The focus of the seminar was on leveraging IT at its best without compromising the security of remotely stored data.
Cloud Computing represents a new paradigm in Information Technology and will have a major impact on how IT services are created, delivered and consumed in the future. Dr. Krishna Rao, Dean- JRE School of Engineering along with Prof. Sanjeev Pippal- one of the esteemed professors of JRE also attended the seminar exchanging useful information on the subject.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister of Communication and IT Kapil Sibal said, “With over 2,50,000Gram Panchayats being connected over fiber optics, everybody is being connected at an enormous speed in India. In the new world, we need new solutions and cloud computing is a business model to manage competitiveness of businesses in this environment. However, security is a very important aspect which should be addressed while we are putting together the building blocks of this new technology in India.”
Sandip Somany president, PHDCCI added, “With growing advancements in technology, cloud computing is the buzz word today. There are many reasons why organizations of all sizes are adopting this technology, especially MSMEs due to the reduced need for physical infrastructure. Cloud computing will create nearly 14 million jobs within the years 2011-2015. We now need to better understand optimal use of this technology while addressing concerns about security and privacy.”
The sessions were informative, interactive and interesting and the program facilitated networking during the lunch break: particularly with Mr. Rahul Jain (Sr. Consultant, Security Practices, Data Security Council of India): Data Protection Strategy, Mr. Panchaleswar Nayak (Technical Expert, EMC2): Journey to the Govt. Cloud and Dr. K Subramaniam (former Senior Deputy Director General, NIC, Govt. of India): Securing the Cyber Space.
The healthy discussions were most certainly fruitful as Mr. Rahul Jain (Sr. Consultant, Security Practices, Data Security Council of India): Data Protection Strategy showed keen interest in pursuing industry-institute collaborative projects with JRE School Of Engineering.