The month of October is globally observed as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public and private sector to increase cyber security awareness among the general public as recommended by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Government of India, an initiative to put conscious efforts towards ensuring better cyber security hygiene and incorporating better security measures. In continuation of the initiative of the Government of India, the Department of Computer Application under the aegis of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Human Resource Development Center (HRDC), Integral University, Lucknow has observed the month of October as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
A national seminar on "Cyber Swachhta Abhiyan" was organized on 30th October 2021, in the central auditorium of the university, under the chairmanship of Hon'ble Pro-Vice- Chancellor, Prof.(Dr.) Aqil Ahmad showered his blessings to the audience with his words of wisdom. On this auspicious occasion, the welcome address was delivered by Director, Human Resource and Development Center (HRDC), Prof. (Dr.) Syed Aqeel Ahmad in which he briefed about all events organized for cyber security awareness. The Chief Guest of the event was one of the renowned IPS officers, Prof. (Dr.) Triveni Singh, Superintendent of Police, Cyber Crime, Uttar Pradesh, and Dr. Pramod Dixit, Director, Ostrian Infotech LLP, Former Dy. Director, PNBIIT as Technical Expert. Prof. (Dr.) Triveni Singh has delivered a comprehensive talk on cyber security by discussing different case studies. He has shared some valuable information with the audience on how one can report cybercrime, for instance, a web portal (https://cybercrime.gov.in/) for reporting cybercrimes or contacting on national helpline number 155260 or dial 112.
He has encouraged the students to stay safe while they surf the internet and be cautious about the authenticity of the people they connect with on social media. Prof. Triveni motivated everyone to observe "Cyber Vrat" (Cyber Fasting) by staying disconnected from social media for better mental health and social well-being. Dr. Pramod Dixit has taken a technical session on various ATM frauds and educated the audience to take necessary precautions while using ATMs and doing online transactions. The winners of the different activities organized under the flagship of cyber security awareness month were felicitated with awards by the guests.
The department has organized an e-Quiz on cyber security awareness "Cybernetics" on 26th October 2021. In total, 313 students took part and Mr. Moazzam Ahmad Khan from BCA Second Year was the winner for the same. ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart’,
Furthermore, the department has also organized the "Cyber Security Slogan Writing Competition" on 28-29th October 2021 to give students a platform to showcase their cyber wit for cyber security awareness through Slogans, Mottos, Taglines, Catchphrases. The total number of participants in this competition was 135 from different courses. Mr. Tribhuwan Raj from MCA Second Year was the winner with his most unique slogan: "Click with your eyes instead of the mouse, whenever you are at a Cyber house."
All the faculty members and students of Integral University were also encouraged to take the Cyber Security pledge as per the directives of the Government of India and received their e- certificates from Information Security Education and Awareness (https://www.infosecawareness.in/) portal. In continuation to this, the faculty members and students were invited to participate in the "Cyber Swachhta Quiz" and subsequently received an e-Certificate from the department. More than 1000 participants took Cyber Security Pledge and more than 500 participants participated in Cyber Swachhta Quiz. Mr. Mohit Kumar from MCA Final Year was the winner of the e-Quiz.
The entire series of events was successfully organized by the faculty coordinators, Dr. Sandeep Kumar Nayak, Ms. Nashra Javed, Mr. Syed Mohd. Faisal and Dr. Mohd Waris Khan.