With terrorist organizations and other adversaries abound, Cyber-Security is not just a computer science issue but a national security issue. National critical infrastructures are ripe targets for cyber-attacks. A comprehensive cyber-security research and technology transfer program is needed for India. All target systems require protection via detection of on-going cyber-attacks, attribution to sources, and prevention through preemption.
Our vision is to become the main center of excellence nationally, as well as one of the major internationally renowned centers in the area of cyber security/defense of critical infrastructures. Our approach is multi-pronged and multi-layer -- defense-in-depth strategy. Starting from crypto algorithms and protocols, side-channel proof crypto engineering to vulnerability analysis of systems and application layer software, network and web security, cloud security through virtual machine hardening, and use of machine learning for anomaly detection to fight persistent threats in the critical infrastructure.