In the 21st century, one of the iconic figures is the Internet. The concept was introduced many decades ago and it’s here to stay. It is up to the technology community to nurture for the best interests of the invention. In global economic view, Asia region has the fastest growing Internet market in the world. This market growth represents an opportunity for leading technology based businesses. In the case of India, Internet offers an essential tool for overcoming barriers to social and economic integration. It also plays a fundamental role in developing the country. It brings information, education and health to the people in the rural areas. On demographic factors, the Internet penetration will exceed 2 billion and mobiles are somewhere in the 5 billion range. Telangana is the first state in the country to have a dedicated cyber security policy.

While Internet usage has been remarkably increasing, the community is also facing many challenges from network design, security, prevention from cyber attack to IP resource management and planning. As Mr. Levi mentioned “as we go more digital, the risk of cyber attacks increases”. Mr. Jayesh Ranjan stated that he “was impressed with the Israeli system in that at the lowest level there has to resilience and all has to be driven by policy making and decision at the top”. This Conference can be recognized as the platform where experts and professionals from Internet from few continents come together to share practical knowledge, technology, openly debate on policies that best work for individual operators and the community at large. According to Mr. U. Rama Mohan “cyber related issues will cause a lot of damage but states that he has witnessed some countries take care of other countries problems as there are no boundaries and we are all connected in a ‘global village’. He states too that all the P’s (political, press, police and public sector) can work in tandem to educate and provide awareness in participating in security”.

Cyber Security Conference India (CSCI) is a prestigious global event where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, cyber wizards, etc., gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space. CSCI was launched with a view to establish internationally agreed ‘rules of the road’ for behavior in cyberspace, and create a more focused and inclusive dialogue between all those with a stake in the internet (governments, civil society and industry) on how to implement them.

The first edition of the conference witnessed a participation of 70 global delegates and helped in setting up rules and guidelines for the subsequent editions. Nearly 180 members from about 100 countries participated in this conference and over 10 countries participated with delegations led at Ministerial level. The scale and importance of CSCI has grown significantly over successive conferences.

Today we have about 200 participants, industrial experts and professionals joining this Conference and the participants come together here to discuss Internet governance, open debate on the policy and we hope to be able to conclude certain agendas in this Conference today for the region at large.

On behalf of the organizer Kenes Exhibition, we wish to extend our warm welcome and thank you to all participants, guests of honour, delegates and representatives from the Government of IT Ministry, Council of Information Security, Indian Institute of Technology, Cyber Security & Forensics, Cyber Law Consultants and foreign and local participants in this Cyber Security Conference in Hyderabad.

Among the keynote speakers of the Opening Ceremony were Dr. Shai Moses, Consul for Trade & Economic Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in Bengaluru; Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce (I&C) Department, Information Technology (IT) Department of the Telangana Government; Anjani Kumar, IPS – ADGP (L&O); Ram Levi, CEO of Konfidas and U. Rama Mohan, SP – CID, Cyber Crimes.

On behalf of Kenes Exhibitions and HICC Exhibition Center, as the local organizer and host, we would like to express our gratitude to the presence of all delegates, speakers and participants in the Cyber Security Conference 2017 and a warm welcome to Hyderabad. We indeed hope to be hosting many Cyber events in the future. Today, we have about 200 participants across India and Israel, making this Conference a truly International one. We are optimistic that all participants will acquire new skills and knowledge from the two-day Conference and we would encourage all participants to take active parts in these important and interesting discussions, to enable and conclude policies, for the region.

Special thanks to delegates from the Government of IT Ministry, Council of Information Security, Indian Institute of Technology, Cyber Security & Forensics, Cyber Law Consultants and other sponsors for their great support to make this event possible. We wish all delegates and participants a fruitful Conference and a joyful stay in this fascinating arena. Thank you.