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IDSA-BIMSTEC Workshop on Cyber Security Cooperation

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  • December 05, 2018 to December 07, 2018
    Only by Invitation

    Download Conference Report [PDF]


    Day 1: 5 December 2018

    9:30 - 10:00 Registration
    10:00-10:45 Session I: Inaugural Session
    10:45-11:00 Tea/Coffee Break (High-Tea)
    11:00-11:15 Special Address by Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC), Government of India
    1115-13:00 Session II: Cyber Security Preparedness and National Approaches of the BIMSTEC countries to secure cyberspace

    Chair: Dr. Ajeet Bajpai, Director General, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC);
    Co-Chair: Dr. Ajey Lele, IDSA

    • Bangladesh perspective by M.D. Sakhawat Hossain Superintendent of Police (SP), Special Branch, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh
    • Bhutan: Cybersecurity Initiatives, Challenges and Issues by Ms. Sonam Choki, Sr. ICT Officer, Bhutan CIRT
    • India perspective by Dr. Sanjay Bahl, DG, CERT-In
    • Myanmar perspective by Mr. Soe Naing Oo, Police Brigadier General, Criminal Investigation Department, Myanmar
    • Cyber Security in Nepal by Rabin Basnyat, Chief of Digital Forensics, CID, Nepal Police
    • Sri Lanka perspective by Rohana Chaminda Akmeemana Palliyaguru, Director-Operations, Sri Lanka CERT|CC, Colombo
    • Thailand perspective by Ms. Rawinnipa Karin, Plan and Policy Analyst, Directorate of Countering, Transnational Threats, Office of the National Security Council (NSC), Thailand
    13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
    14:00-15:45 Session III- Regional Challenges in Cyber Security and Cyber Crime in BIMSTEC countries

    Chair: Dr. Madan Oberoi, ICT Advisor, MHA/ Shri Janardhan Singh, JD, MHA


    • Ms. Sangay Choden, ICT Officer, Infrastructure Division, Department of IT and Telecom, Ministry of Information and Communications, Bhutan
    • Ms. Papakorn Vorasathit, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of the National Security Council (NSC), Thailand
    • Brig. Ashish Chibbar, IDSA
    • Rep. from Fireye
    • Rep. from Kaspersky
    • Rep. from Microsoft
    • Rep. from Tech Mahindra/ McAfee
    15:45-16:00 Tea Break
    16:00-17:15 Session IV: Panel Discussion on International Cyber Politics and Governance – Opportunities and Challenges. 

    Chair: Upender Singh Rawat, JS (Cyber Diplomacy) Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
    Co-Chair: Soe Naing Oo, Police Brigadier General, Criminal Investigation Department, Myanmar


    • Shri Hemant H. Kotalwar, JS, NSCS
    • Shri Rahul Gosain, Director, MeitY
    • Mr. Pankaj Hazarika, Director (CS), BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka
    • Ms. Rehana Parvin, Assistant Secretary (BIMSTEC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
    • Mr. Munish Sharma, IDSA
    17:15 -onwards Visit to DSCI Annual Summit at Hotel Leela, Gurugram, followed by Dinner (By invitation only)

    Day 2: December 6, 2018

    10:00-11:30 Session V: Developing Cyber Security Capacity – Technical and Institutional Challenges

    Chair: Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology;
    Co-Chair: Mr. Werachai Prayoonpruk, Deputy Director, Office of Cybersecurity, ETDA, Thailand

    • Rep of MeitY
    • Rep MHA
    • Mr. Amit Sharma, Additional Director (R&D) Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)
    • R. Ananthalakshmi Ammal, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Trivandrum - New Challenges of Digital Forensics
    • Dr. Cherian Samuel, Research Fellow, IDSA
    11:30-11:45 Tea Break
    11:45-13:00 Session VI : Panel Discussion on BIMSTEC Cooperation in the Area of Cyber Security

    Chair: Ms. Prabha Rao, Ex-Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat;
    Co-Chair: Dr. Sanjay Bahl, DG, CERT-In


    • Shri Narendra Nath, DDG Security, DoT
    • Mr. Pankaj Phukan, US (Cyber Diplomacy), MEA
    • Dr. S K Pal, Director (IT & CS), DRDO
    • Mr. Sachin Burman, Deputy Director General, NCIIPC
    • Shri Anoop Yadav, Dy. Legal Advisor, IS-II, MHA
    13:00-14:00 Lunch
    14:00-15:00 Session VII: Concluding Session

    Chair: Maj. Gen. Alok Deb,  DDG, IDSA;
    Co-Chair: Mr. Pankaj Hazarika, Director (CS), BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka

    • Concluding Remarks by Shri Piyush Srivastava, JS (BIMSTEC), MEA
    • Concluding Address by Dr. Gulshan Rai, NCSC - Roadmap for BIMSTEC Cooperation
    19:30-21:00 Dinner at Le Meridien hosted by Dy. NSA, Government of India (By invitation only)