2nd September 2020, Kathmandu
Center For Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI) and Information Security Response Team Nepal (npCert) in association with Nepal Telecommunications Authority, CAN Federation, and CSIT Association of Nepal has successfully hosted the Webinar titled ‘Cyber Security Context in Nepal’.
The webinar covered discussions on the past, present, and future context of cybersecurity in Nepal with a major focus to shed light on the way forward in this domain.
The webinar started off with opening remarks by the President of CSRI, Prof. Dr. Subarna Shakya. Similarly, the Immediate Past President of CSRI and President of npCERT, Chiranjibi Adhikari welcomed the esteemed organizers, resource person, and all the participants.
Speaker/Resource Person for the Webinar
Mr. Narayan Koirala was the resource person/speaker for this event. He is a pioneer in the cybersecurity field and has been actively working to uplift the quality and standard of cybersecurity in Nepal.
By qualification and profession, Mr. Koirala is a Software Engineer and Cyber Defense Enthusiast. He is also the Founder/Director of Eminence Ways Pvt. Ltd., a dedicated Cybersecurity company headquartered in Nepal.
He started his presentation on the Past / Present / Future context of cybersecurity in Nepal by introducing the pillars of cybersecurity – People, Process, and Technology.
In fact, he managed to give profound information in a way that was easily understandable by both technical and non-technical audiences in the webinar.
Narayan Koirala explained the rising trend of cybersecurity threats with the advancement in technology. With people compelled to use technology daily in personal life due to the pandemic, it has increased the areas of attack for threat actors.
His presentation highlighted the areas where we lack, as users, to secure our data and privacy. On the other hand, the poor execution of the cybersecurity process and policy has not made it convenient for companies to invest in the domain.
There are major cyber threats surrounding us that we need to be both aware of and prepared for. Some of them are – targeted ransomware attacks, mobile malware. API level attacks, misinformation, deepfakes, and several remote working security threats.
The Way Forward
Mr. Koirala also gave his insights and opinions on the way forward in the cyber defense realm. Directives, guidelines, and policies always come first. He suggests that the governance in cybersecurity should be strengthened. Likewise, it is equally important to enhance incident response capabilities among other strategies.
Finally, the resource person Narayan Koirala warned about the increasing threat to people (users). He predicts that the prime target of cyberattacks will be the users. Therefore, educating and training them is crucial to safeguarding both personal and enterprise security.
If you missed the webinar, here is the recorded session on Facebook.