Centre of Excellence/ E-Raksha Research Center

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE/ E-RAKSHA RESEARCH CENTER

A community-driven collaborative research and innovation framework for academia. The idea is to harness the potential of young talents to research and innovate on potential areas of technical solutions on cyber security and warfare.

Being a collaborative platform, the Industry, Government and other entities can share their problem statements and contribute towards innovative products and services.

Why e-Raksha center?

Cyber Security is a center stage in our lives, but we continue to overlook the threat posed to national and individual security putting ourselves in peril. Over the years analysts and officials in government, and outside, have talked about the shortage of capability and capacity but the efforts to address these issues are found to be wanting, in terms of commitment, resource allocation, and effort. While we laud the leadership of other countries in the domain, praise their skill incubators and seek partnerships, our own national effort for skill building, using the same models, is yet to be put into operations.

India has the largest number of educated youth and every year thousands are passing out of our Universities looking at joining the national workforce. The human resource is unmatched, in skill or numbers, and millions have migrated to the west to contribute to the success and growth of their enterprises and governments. Migration is (usually) on top of the minds of these young adults, and India is poorer for it.

E-Raksha Centre seeks to explore a plan to harness the talent pool from among the youth through the participation of academic institutions, through programs to nurture innovations. Programs which will throw up challenges to institutions, their students, and faculty, to work closely with government, law enforcement agencies, and armed forces, taking up research and development programs addressing use cases provided by them.

Existing e-Raksha centers
  • BIT Meerut (UP)
  • UEM, Kolkata (WB)
  • Kaziranga University, Jorhat (Assam)
  • Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai (MH)
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun (Uttrakhand)
  • Government Engineering College, Bikaner (Rajasthan)
  • UEM, Jaipur
  • IIT Patna
  • IIT Guwahati
  • PEC Chandigarh
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • Indiana University, USA
  • ICFAI University, Ranchi
  • Jharkhand Rai University, Ranchi
  • SRM University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  • Cyber Peace Club, Cuttack (Orrisa)
components

What makes E-Raksha Center?

The research lab envisions to foster community-driven research on the following areas, the list is not exhaustive and will add more areas of research from cybersecurity and warfare domain.

  • Research and analysis of the cybersecurity issues and threats such as botnet etc.
  • Setting up malware analysis test bed and research and analysis of malware.
  • Setting up of a Honey Network & Hardware Security Testbed.
  • Setting up of the cybersecurity simulation lab.
  • Setting up of the critical information infrastructure protection lab.
  • Setting up of IoT and smart city lab.
  • Setting up DNS/DNSSEC testbed
  • Setting up Internet DNS Traffic probe infrastructure
  • Setting up of IoT, IPv6 and smart city lab.
  • Setting of Internet Operations and Peering simulation lab

The Requirement (From Hosting Institutions)

  • Providing space (min. 300 sq. ft.) at a suitable location in the hosting institution to set up the research center and the lab/s associated with it.
  • Providing the space for training for the capacity building activities.
  • Providing the well-equipped space for the purpose of meetings and discussions as and when required. Hosting institution will remain the owner of this space.
  • Provide the well-equipped office space for the various officials/ guests/ experts of CPF visiting the research center or the university. Hosting institution will remain the owner of this space.
  • IT infrastructure to start the functioning of the research center. The minimum basic is listed as below –
  • Two Server with at least 32 GB RAM and 4 TB of Hard Drive.
  • 20 MBPS Dedicated Static IP Internet link (separate from the routine institution link). Minimum /24 IPv4 and /48 IPv6 address pool with ASN number for Internet engineering research and development.
  • 5 Raspberry Pi 3 with 16 GB UHS 3 MMC Card (64 GB).
  • 5 Desktop Computers with high configuration (i5, 8GB 500GB )
  • UTM firewalls switches etc.

An internship program is a crucial component of E-Raksha Center and seeks to identify young ignited minds to work of research and innovations.

The internship programs provide requisite exposure to real-life challenges and also involves careers canceling for future.

There are good options for research after undergraduate levels and this program provides the requisite content to foster the culture of a research-driven academic environment.

Note: The Internships are for selected talented students based on tests and other criteria set by CPF time-to-time.

This component aims at bringing Cyber Security and Warfare problem statements and research scopes to the academia. The core objective of setting up E-Raksha initiative largely depends on this component where different stakeholders collaborate to solve real-life situations and young ignited minds start taking interest in groundbreaking research initiatives for real-life cybersecurity risks and threats

The workshops and conferences for faculties and students will help in building capacities on Cyber Security and Warfare technologies and research areas . Seeks to improve the required skills and capabilities of the young talent to explore innovative ideas.

The workshop will be in collaboration with Industry, Government and other entities and will provide a platform to engage in dialogue with experts in the filed.

One of the major areas of improvement in building research and innovation mindset among the young brains is to express their ideas and accomplishments in different platforms and building the skills to write technical papers. This exposure will help many ideas to nurture and also help in building a reputation of the institution.

This component will help grow technical paper writing skills and also collaborate with and build platforms where the students and faculties can showcase their ideas and get peer reviews.

One such initiative is ‘Cyber Peace Journal’ and the students and faculties are encouraged to send their entries for its different additions.

More details at cyberpeace.world

India’s contribution towards Internet standards is poor and with the ‘Digital India’ being the next generation India, its high time our young talent start developing protocols and standards for the Next Generation Internet, which the world will use.

Cyber Peace has partnered with organizations to provide the platform to  E-Raksha centers, starting working on standards.

Young minds actively participating in technical community problem statements helping in cyber crime issues, working with the neighborhood.

Cyber Peace Corps – one of the initiatives of CPF envisions to develop a link between talented brains and the society to curb cyber crime.

The students and faculties E-Raksha initiative in the campus can be of great help in building a community chain to fight against cyber crime.

This component seeks to engage young minds to start working on innovative ideas for cyber security at the ground level.

E-RAKSHA lifecycle

How E-Raksha Works?

The idea is to build an innovation ecosystem in the campus. The students of E-Raksha will be contributing in their entire lifetime. Students will be enrolled every year for E-Raksha center through a competitive process.

    • Incubation (Year 1): Interested students will be enrolled. The focus will be more on building the infrastructure, capacity building and establishing a tightly coupled team.
    • Engineering (Year 2): The focus will be more on problem-solving and working towards real-life cybersecurity challenges. 2nd-year students will mentor 1st year
    • Innovation (Year 3): The team will innovate, technical papers, standards, startups, research will be a core focus. 3rd-year students will mentor 2nd year
  • Experts: Alumni students will be E-Raksha experts
Who can join?
  • Engineering College having Information Technology, Electronics or Computer Science departments and are offering B.Tech/BE/BCA/MCA courses for students.
  • Science colleges having computer science subjects at Undergraduate or Post Graduate Level.
  • Universities having affiliated colleges offering above mentioned subjects