NRI, Dr. Prabhu Goel
grant of US$ 1million for Research Centre for Computer
and Internet Security at IIT Kanpur
Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security
The Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security
at IIT Kanpur was established by Dr. Prabhu Goel with a generous
grant of US$ 1million. Dr. Prabhu Goel is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur,
and is a well-known entrepreneur. He is the chairman of iPolicy
Networks, company dealing with hi-Tech security. He has also established
a Chair Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair at the department of CSE (Computer
Science and Engineering), IIT Kanpur. The centre was inaugurated
on June 3, 2003 by Dr. Vidyasagar, Executive Vice President, Advanced
Technology Centre, TCS Hyderabad.
The vision of the centre is to become the nodal R&D centre
in the country for all aspects of computer security and to educate
various governmental and non-governmental organizations on the security
issues and help them in this regard. The centre is therefore undertaking
research, training, and consulting activities in the area of computer
and Internet security. The centre also collaborates with defence
and security agencies in developing various security technologies.
IIT Kanpur has already been doing work in the area of Computer Security.
The establishmcnt of this centre is expected to give a tremendous
fillip to this activity.
In order to increase the awareness of various agencies about Computer
Security, centre plans to hold short term training courses in this
area. We have already twice conducted intensive, two-month training
courses on Computer Security for Indian Air Force officers. In addition,
once sufficient expertise is developed, centre plans to undertake
consulting activities for various agencies for designing of security
policies, designing of networks or other information systems for
secure use, penetration testing, security audit etc.
IIT Kanpur already regularly offers an elective course on Cryptography.
We plan to complement this course with a more broad-based course
on Computer and Internet Security. These courses are available to
senior undergraduate and post-graduate students. As the centre evolves
and activities grow in the area of security, we will also consider
starting a Computer Security stream in the Computer Science MTech
programme. In order to interact with other researchers working in
the security area in the country and abroad, we plan to conduct
joint projects, and organize some conferences or workshops regularly.