“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and it boils down to the more systems we secure, the more secure we all are. Everybody needs to ensure that we have the tools necessary to prepare for, protect from, and prevent the misuse and misconducts in the cyberspace today.” And in order to shed light on the significance of it, along with innovative solutions and approaches to the issue at hand, the AIUB Computer Club (ACC) organized a seminar on the 11th of December 2019, titled ‘Tech Talk: Cyber Aware Software Engineering’. 

The purpose of the seminar was to inform the young engineers about the importance of cyber security while developing various applications and websites. The guest speaker of the seminar was Mr. Ahsan Ayub, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the Cybersecurity Education, Research, & Outreach Center (CEROC) of the College of Engineering in Tennessee Technological University, USA. An AIUB Alumni, Mr. Ayub began the session by expressed his gratitude on being back at his alma mater. He discussed how attackers target and hit various websites and applications, compromising their services and credibility. He also shared how software research and development is essential in testing for vulnerabilities and ensuring maximum security in the systems we use. The seminar concluded with a constructive Q&A session, where students queried on the different issues faced in cyberspace as well as the best ways to approach them. 

Mr. Ayub was presented with a token of appreciation by Mr. Abhijit Bhowmik, a Senior Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science & Technology (FST) and a Special Assistant to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), on behalf of AIUB, for his valuable time and contribution to the seminar, followed by a group photo with the organizers and participants of the event. By sharing his experiences and ideas with the young engineers, developers, and programmers, the seminar certainly imbued a sense of awareness in the digital age.

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