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CYBER SECURITY INNOVATION CHALLENGE

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To leverage the innovations created by the Indian entrepreneurs and to build on the mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the National Center of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security (NCETIS) at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), seeks to organize challenge with Innovators, Indian startups and premier Institutions for effective solution to encounter threats in Cyber Security. NCETIS along with Ministry of Electronics & IT Startup Hub (MeitY Startup Hub) is collaborating to provide access to the platform, resources, startups, and institutions which can be engaged in the process to identify impactful solutions from innovators.

ABOUT THIS APPLICATION

 

Why this Program

The rapid growth of remote access to corporate resources and cloud-based applications via laptops, tablets , and mobile phones have increased the possible ways of penetrating a network. These end-points can be attacked by email-based phishing, ransomware, malware, and drive-by downloads from web surfing. Thus, it is crucial to bring robust endpoint protection mechanisms to prevent any impending cybersecurity attack.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities are rapidly evolving as a method of identifying threats by analyzing system logs to detect suspicious system behavior, provide contextual information, block malicious activity, and provide remediation suggestions to restore affected systems. Osquery, an open source platform from Facebook, allows users to systematically collect data from endpoints. Analyzing the voluminous data manually is challenging and hence it is important to develop algorithms that can automatically detect the attacks by analyzing the logs.

 

Problem Statement

In this challenge, we would address the following cybersecurity issues in EDR using Osquery.


o        Detection of privilege escalation in endpoints using Osquery:

Using the data logs collected front the Osquery, detect any user is getting higher-level permissions/privileges then s/he is currently assigned.

 

o        Lateral movement detection using Osquery

Attackers move through a network progressively by escalating their privileges (lateral movement). Often the movement occurs within the local network making them look legitimate. Such movements need to be detected by monitoring logs across the endpoints in the networks.

 

o        Algorithms for automated threat detection and response.

Develop algorithms for automated detection of lateral movements and privilege escalations from the Osquery logs. The algorithms should help in detection as well as preempt the attacks.


Duration and Expected Timelines

This is short duration challenge of 90 days consisting of the following timelines

 

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Timeline (in weeks)

Timeline

1.

Approval of the Grand challenge

Date of Approval

10-08-2021

2.

Registration Opens

 

15-08-2021

3.

Last date for registration

 

28-09-2021 (extended)

4.

Preliminary shortlisting of applicants

 

05-10-2021

5.

Release of problem material (VM Image) to shortlisted candidates (as in Step 4)

 

06-10-2021

6.

Submission of Solutions

 

04-12-2021

7.

Screening of submissions and shortlisting for presentation to Jury

 

12-12-2021

8.

Final Evaluation by the Jury and Presentation

 

20-12-2021

9.

Announcement of Winners

 

25-12-2021

Implementing Agencies

MeitY Startup Hub will be the executing agency for running the challenge. NCETIS will work closely with MeitY Startup Hub and provide the problem statement and institute awards to the winners. NCETIS will also provide necessary support, infrastructure, technological integration, and resources needed by startups for demonstrating the efficacy of the solution envisaged to be developed under the Challenge.  


Resultant IPR

The rights for the resultant IPR that is created or developed or otherwise resulting directly or indirectly from the winner of the challenge will rest with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay). For further leveraging the solutions, IIT Bombay will at its discretion can further provision the said IP to any entity/country engaged in implementing an effective solution. The IPR rights for the solution provisioned by the challenge winner(s) will rest with the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay. However, the base IP on which the dedicated solution has been developed by the challenge winner will still rest with the original winner of the said IP and it can be used for other purposes.


 Incentives

A total of Rs. 15 lakhs is proposed for the Cyber Security Innovation Challenge.


                 1st Prize: 8 lacs in cash

                 2nd Prize: 5 lacs in cash

                 3rd Prize: 2 lacs in cash

 

In addition to cash prizes, the winners will get an opportunity to work with NCETIS Faculty at IIT Bombay. There is a possibility for incubation at the IIT Bombay incubation center too. 

ELIGIBILTY

Eligibility Standards

Inviting innovators across the nation who are passionate about identifying security threats and thwarting them. Startups that are incubated within the last 3 years are welcome to participate. 

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