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Indian Army Organised Cyber Threat Seminar cum Workshop “Sayanya Ran Kshetram 2.0”

The Indian Army has organized the second edition of the Hackathon named “SAINYA RANAKSHETRAM 2.0” from October 2022 to January 2023 under the aegis of HQ Army Training Command (ARTRAC). The “SAINYA RANAKSHETRAM 2.0” aims to seek solutions to operational cyber challenges and jump-start and telescope the development time for innovative solutions in the field of Cyber Security.

The prize winners of the event were felicitated by Gen Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff during a virtual function on 17 January 2023.

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Indian Army Organised Cyber Threat Seminar cum Workshop “Sayanya Ran Kshetram 2.0”- Key Points

  • The event aimed to provide a platform to identify indigenous talent in niche domains and enhance the standard of training in domains of Cyber Deterrence, Security Software Coding, Electro Magnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO), and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ ML).
  • Participation was open to all Indian citizens and participation was permitted in an individual/team manner.
  • The “SAINYA RANAKSHETRAM 2.0” Workshop has facilitated engagement with the intrinsic talent at levels of individuals, academia, and organizations leading to the identification of suitable talent in the field of Cyber Security both within the Defence forces in the civil academia.
  • The identified talent can further be utilized for focused engagement resulting in fast-track development of cyber security tools and techniques.

SAINYA RANAKSHETRAM 2.0

The Cyber Threat Seminar cum Workshop was held under four sub-events which included the following activities

Secure Software Coding – It aimed to engage with academia in the field of securing software programs and identifying talent capable of undertaking cyber security requirements in software code. Mr. Aravindha Hariharan M from Coimbatore, a Cyber Security enthusiast holding several cet]rtifications has won the prize in this category.

ESMO: The aim of conducting this sub-event was to find a solution to implement an Indian Army-specific version of the Secure Wi-Fi stack for increasing the levels of security. Colonel Nishant Rathee, Commandant, Army HQ Computer Centre bagged the first prize. Mr. Suryasaradhi Balarkan, currently working with L&T and Ms. Tanisha Joshi, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Dark Energy, has secured the 3rd prize.

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning: NLP Processing and Decoding of Radio Intercepts. This sub-event aimed to create an Al stack for addressing the translation and decryption of multilingual radio transmissions. Master Mithil Salunkhe, a 15-year-old class 10 student at Gyan Mata Vidya Vihar, Nanded, Maharashtra has come first in this category.

Mr. Prashant Kumar Singh, who holds a B Tech (CS) from Punjab Technical University and presently pursuing B Sc (Data Science) from IIT Madras has come second while Cdr Sushant Sarswat, a Naval Officer presently posted in HQ Eastern Naval Command has secured the third position.

Cyber Deterrence: Capture the Flag (CTF). This was a seven-stage cyber security exploitation challenge meant for the identification of talent for enhancing existing Cyber Security setup. The winner of this challenge was Mr. Shaksham Jaiswal, BE (CS) from MVSR Engineering College in Hyderabad.

He is now working as a freelancer and has more than 15 core qualifications in the field. The 2nd prize winner is Mr. Prince Kumar Patel presently doing BE (IT) at Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Pune, and Mr. Hardeep Singh, a BCA from Maharaja Ganga Singh University in Bikaner has won the 3rd prize.

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