A recent report has revealed that a miniscule 0.6% of graduate students are currently working in cyber security while cyber attacks and breaches are manifesting in the country. In order to encourage the youth to participate, they need to be taught at a young age about the importance of computer security. A lot of research have been proven to be the best way to approach this is Capture the Flag style contests. These contests typically simulate real life scenarios that enable participants to develop real world security skills. Many of the countries like USA and China have realized the need for cyber security education and are conducting CTF contests for school students. Having realized the dire need for such a training culture in India, Amrita University is organizing Amrita InCTF Junior, an online Capture the Flag style contest specifically designed to introduce cyber security awareness and training in high school students.
In 2007, we came across a new contest called as Capture the Flag for the first time. We formed a team and registered and took part in the CIPHER CTF 3. There were only 25 teams world wide and we were the only team from India. We formed a team, bi0s, and we started taking part in various other CTFs but there were no other Indian teams taking part. So we decided to start a CTF exclusively for Indian teams and hence we started InCTF in 2010.
Right now we have more than 92 teams that take part in International CTFs from India and they all started with InCTF. In 2016 team bi0s was ranked 1st in India and 75th in the world as per CTFTime, an organization that rates teams based on continuous performance.
We also noticed that in other countries like China, South Korea, Russia, Israel and USA start to train school students. Hence in 2015 we also started the InCTFj for school students in India. Along with the CTF, we invite the top 50 students to Amritapuri campus for a free 6 day workshop on cyber security.
Amrita Center for Cyber Security Systems and Networks promote partnership between industry, academia and the government to foster innovative research and education in Cyber Security, thus enhancing knowledge, deriving solutions, benefiting society and mitigating risks. The Center is supported by the Government of India throught many of its Departments and Mission REACH programs. The Center has been designated as a Center of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) for Cyber security in India. As a CORE, the Center aims to foster a core group of experts who can help disseminate knowledge about the ever-expanding frontiers of Cyber Security.
Amrita University is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research university that is accredited 'A' by NAAC and is ranked as one of the best research universities in India. The university is spread across five campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with the University headquarters at Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The university continuously collaborates with top US universities including Ivy league universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs, and has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India.The university is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.