C0c0n 2014 Workshop on Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking – By Women, For Women.

January 4, 2015

Workshop at c0c0n 2014

C0c0n is an annual Information Security conference organised by ISRA and the Kerala State Police. C0c0n 2014 is a 3-day event. Day 1 has all the workshop events taking place and Day 2, 3 with conference talks, which includes tech talks and panel discussions.

The specialty of c0c0n 2014 was the keynote speaker, Former President DR.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.C0c0n 2014 was held at Crown Plaza, Kochi.

We had submitted a proposal for conducting a workshop for the women participants, as the theme for 2014 was Cybercrimes against women. Our proposal was accepted and we were invited to conduct a full day workshop on ‘Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking By Women For Women’. This workshop was our first event together. The workshop venue was Infopark, Kochi.

Our Agenda for the workshop included the following:

  • Basics of Internet,
  • Cybercrimes against women,
  • Career options in information security,
  • Introduction to ethical hacking,
  • Basics of network & web application security

120+ attended our workshop, which included students, teachers and working professionals. It was an instructor led demo workshop where we demonstrated the attacks using testing-purpose vulnerable applications. We had a feedback session in the end. The response we got from the attendees was overwhelming. We were approached to conduct similar events at colleges’ technical fests. They also came asking for more information about career options and how to get started in this field. Post the workshop, the slides and other study resources were shared with the participants.

Testimonials from the participants –

  • “It was nice listening to you. I enjoyed your session very much. It was informative as well as the flow was extremely good ” – Mini Ulanat

  • “Presentations were really informative” – Sunitha, ITS

Press coverage:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/cyber-crimes-against-women-under-reported/article6340497.ece

 

The Hindu article

– Apoorva Giri & Shruthi Kamath