INTERVIEW WITH SATHISH ASHWIN, HEAD OF RESEARCH, OPERATIONS, NATIONAL CYBER DEFENCE RESEARCH CENTRE13-Dec-2017
Sathish AshwinHead of Research & Operations, National Cyber Defence Research Centre
Security Expert and White-Hat Hacker from India. He is the Head of Research and Operations at National Cyber Defence Research Centre India and works with Deep Identity India pvt, ltd., as Senior information security researcher focusing on threat intelligence, investigation of advanced cyber attacks, researching on cyber espionage and APT attacks. He is also the Director of BRICS (Brazil Russia India China South Africa) – The Cyber Defence Forum, Director CAP - Cyber Awareness Program for Women and Children, Regional Head - Entrepreneurs Council of India and Core Member RAC – Recruitment Analysis Council. His fields of research include application security, Internet of Things(IoT), Internet of Brains(IoB), malware analysis, and threat intelligence. He is an active international speaker at security conferences like OWASP, MilSim Asia, National Cyber Defence Summit, National Cyber Safety & Security Standards Summit, InCyCon etc., He has also authored various articles in Indian Cyber Security E-Mazagine, National Cyber Crime Reference Handbook v1 & v2, Hackershat magazines etc. So far he has helped and trained more than 10,000+ students and professionals across the country. He is incisive with his strategic insight and understanding of internal and external security issues including the emerging international dynamics. Presently he contributes meaningfully through experience sharing and formal interface with different organizations at the operational, directional and strategic level. He is mentoring start–ups, research students and new initiatives that are in the domain of Information Security. He is an active participant with various think tanks on a wide range of subjects and is also a motivational speaker on leadership.
Military Simulation Training & Education (MILSIM)
- You will be speaking at MILSIM 2018 on the topic of “Reality of modern warfare; the evolution of cyber era” – can you give us a brief insight into the areas you will be covering?
I will be focusing on the case studies, cyber threats, cyber-attacks against the existing technologies and future technologies like smart weapons, IoT Devices, Internet of Brains(IoB) etc., as cybercriminals are attacking governments through their critical infrastructure, including transportation systems, banking systems, power grids, water supplies, dams, hospitals and critical manufacturing. In the context of increasing numbers of cyber-attacks, the threat of cyberwarfare is at the forefront of the international political agenda. I will focus more on the threat of cyberwarfare attacks which grows rapidly as the nation's critical systems are increasingly connected to the internet.
- What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
Delegates will get to know more about cyber-attacks which has not been heard before. Evolution of cybercrime and criminals with an inside into the attacker’s mind. Prevention of modern cyber war by taking trivial steps. Miss-prediction of future cyber-attacks and cyber criminals.
- How do you feel the military training on this area has evolved over the last 12 months?
Military training has evolved very much in the country such as US, Chain, Russia however, looking at other countries there is a huge technology gap.
- In your opinion, what do you think is the challenge facing Asia’s military cyber defence strategy today?
Asia’s military strategy is more focused on past attacks, since technology is evolving so fast we should also be prepared to face the modern warfare “A threat which is not seen before’.
- Why do you think events such as MILSIM are important?
MILSIM is very important because this platform helps officials to share their ideas and collaborate with their neighbouring countries to build a strategy containment plans on future threats.