Monthly Archives: January 2009

Acad DevCon: Microsoft Technologies Conference for Students – 18 Jan

pug_logoThis post by Pradnya Naik explains what Acad DevCon 2009 is, and why you should attend, and is reproduced here with permission.

ACAD DEVCON is a major event organized by Microsoft Student Partners and PUG in Pune to explain the most innovative and cutting edge technologies in Microsoft. So the question is who are Microsoft Student Partners and what is PUG?

Microsoft Student Partners are a group of enthusiastic students selected by Microsoft who love to explore and experiment with Microsoft products. Our main aim is to share knowledge among the student community because we believe in the proverb “teach one teach all”.We have been conducting developer’s conferences for students since 2005 and all events have been a major success…. The areas of interest not only limit to developing web based and windows based applications but also expand in areas of servers, operating systems and robotics.

Pune User Group is an association of professionals and students interested in technology who are dedicated and devoted to the noble cause of spreading knowlege. Every year PUG organises an event named DEVCON for professionals where experts address and give sessions to developers community. At present the whole organising team in Pune is an interested group of 25 people including MSP’s and the members cross the mark of 3000.

ACAD DEVCON is an event to get students from all colleges under one roof to share, collaborate and communicate ideas about their knowledge on various MS technologies. The sessions are interactive accompanied with onspot demos for better understanding of the subject.

What more !!!every student who attends ACAD DEVCON gets a kit for developing excellent applications on full version softwares provided at no charge.

So what are you waiting for!! Be there on 18th Jan, 2009 at COEP for ACAD DEVCON, 2009

For more information please click on ACAD DEVCON, 2009

About the author – Pradnya Naik

Pradnya, in her own words:

I go about the saying “Love what you do ..Do what you love..” A student by profession I love art, music, dance, travel and sports. I am a technology enthusiast and love working with computers. I believe that there is no end to learning and spreading knowlege and perfection comes with speed. I love to teach and so I became a Microsoft Student Partner, wherein I explore and explain Microsoft technologies to student community. It has been real fun to be a part of this campaign… So explore my blog to know me more… and ya keep smiling and be Happy…

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CSI Pune Lecture: Security Testing Using Models – 16 Jan 6:30pm


What: CSI Pune Lecture on Security Testing Using Models with Prof. Padmanabhan Krishnan, Bond University, Australia.
When: Friday, 16th Jan, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent, S.B. Road
Registration and Fees: Free for CSI/ISACA members; Rs. 50 for students & Persistent employees; others Rs. 100. Register at

In this, we present a framework based on model based testing for security vulnerabilities testing. Security vulnerabilities are not only related to security functionalities at the application level but are sensitive to implementation details. Thus traditional model based approaches which remove implementation details are by themselves inadequate for testing security vulnerabilities. We demonstrate a framework that retains the advantages of model based testing that exposes only the necessary details relevant for vulnerability testing.

Our framework has three sub-models: a model or specification of the key aspects of the application, a model about the relevant aspects of the implementation and a model of the attacker. These three models are them combined to generate test cases. The same approach can also be used to test if a system meets a privacy policy.

Who Should Attend: Professionals interested in Test Automation and students.

About the Speaker – Padmanabhan Krishnan

Prof. Krishnan is a Professor at the Centre for Software Assurance, School of IT, Bond University, Australia. He also holds a research associate position at the United Nations University, International Institute for Software Technology. He got his BTech from IIT-Kanpur and MS and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His interests are in model based testing, verification techniques and practical formal methods for software assurance. He has held positions in the USA, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany and Australia.

Update: The slides of the talk are now available. Click here if you can not see the slides below.

Security Testing Using Models

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Inside a Retail Supply Chain: How did ‘Maha’ DeshMart Survive the Economic Slowdown and Thrive

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‘Maha’ DeshMart is a large (fictional) supermarket chain with a pan-India presence. Amit Paranjape, our resident expert on Supply Chain Management, discusses some of their management strategies and best practices. Special emphasis is put on the importance of ‘Information Technology’ and how it enables ‘Maha’ DeshMart to run one of the most efficient Supply Chain & Operations. Benchmarking is also done with global industry leaders such as Wal-Mart. 2008 represented a challenging year and we will take a look at how specific Supply Chain Processes and the other aspects of Retail Operations react to the global economic challenges, and can still deliver on the overall goals and objectives of the company. This fictional story about the fictional ‘Maha’ DeshMart is in continuation to our series of articles on Supply Chain Management.

‘Maha’ DeshMart

‘Maha’ DeshMart as the name suggests stands for everything ‘large’ (‘Maha’ in Hindi / Marathi / Sanskrit = ‘Large’ or Huge’). Some say ‘Maha’ also stands for ‘Maharashtra’ the home state of the founder, Raj Deshpande. ‘Desh’ comes from the founder’s last name. This chain is also often referred to as simply ‘DeshMart’. Ever since opening its first store in Pune about 15 years back, it has gone through a rapid expansion and now had a presence in every major Tier 1 and Tier 2 city in India, with aggressive plans to expand to Tier 3 cities as well. DeshMart’s vision is to be the most preferred shopping destination for the Indian consumer; period. To achieve this, they want to have the widest choices, the best prices, and the most comfortable shopping experience for their consumers.

It is no secret that the DeshMart founder was inspired by world leader in retail, Wal-Mart, and its philosophy of scale and constantly driving down costs. The Wal-Mart business model is actively pursued here in their Pune headquarters, as well as in all their stores and throughout their supply chain. The management team though has taken a series of strategic decisions to ‘Indianize’ the model to suit the local context. For example, while ‘ELDP’ (Every Day Low Prices, as opposed to Promotions) was the generally preferred strategy, some key exceptions were made based on local preferences. The other one is to enshrine a ‘Neighborhood Kirana Store’ owner type mentality into the Store Manager and his team. In India, the small neighborhood ‘Kirana’ (or grocery) store is run by a family with the patriarch serving as the CEO, Head of Operations, and all other roles combined. The rest of family fills up various other support roles. One thing this model provides is an ‘amazing’ ownership of the business and the consumer. DeshMart wanted its Store Managers to think and act, like the Kirana Store Owner. Metrics have been suitably adjusted to encourage the right behavior; however the core difference has been through intense focus on Hiring & Recruitment. Extraordinary importance is put on finding the right talent for these critical positions.

The Importance of Information Technology

Another key Wal-Mart strategy that has been espoused by DeshMart is focus on Information Technology. At DeshMart, IT is considered to be one of their biggest strategic differentiators. They don’t want to rely on any one or even a few different application software vendors for their business process applications. Instead, they have followed the example of Wal-Mart, Dell, FedEx, and Toyota and have taken complete ownership of their IT Applications & Infrastructure. These great companies have supported their unique business processes by designing and developing their own IT solutions where necessary. Here again, DeshMart put lot of emphasis on hiring the right CIO (Chief Information Officer). In fact in the early 1990s, when this position was virtually unknown in India and in many other places around the world – they had a CIO and his senior team in place.

The IT Department’s mission is to deliver the requisite data and decision making capabilities at the disposal of every DeshMart employee throughout the organization, in order to deliver on the overall goals & objectives of the company. Organizationally, IT was aligned along with the business process teams in such a way that for every project there was no ‘IT vs. Business’ division. The combined team had the singular goal to achieve the necessary process improvement metric.

The 2008 Global Economic Slowdown

The 2008 Global Economic Slowdown was not predicted by even the top experts on Wall Street. Thus, even the best of the supply chain leaders didn’t have any ability to accurately forecast the impending shortfall in demand. The only way for a company to react to something like this was through some rapid adjustments to their plans, and execute as efficiently as possible. The first signs of the slowdown were visible too late for planning the 2008 season. In the following sections, we will look at how DeshMart’s IT and Business Processes reacted to this challenge.

Merchandizing & Assortment Planning

Let us take a step back here and understand how large multi-product category retailers worldwide do their long term planning. For many retailers, especially for those heavily weighted towards fashion segment, the holiday season (last 5-6 weeks of the year, in the US – from Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas/New Year) could account for anywhere from 20% to even 50% of their annual revenues. In India, the holiday season traditionally runs from Diwali (The Festival of Lights), in October/November to the December End wedding season. Similar holiday season spikes are also observed in the Indian market.

To react to this end of the year demand, retailers start planning a year in advance. The overall merchandizing decisions (deciding what products to buy and position in the stores) are the first step. This process is called as ‘Merchandize Planning’. A ‘top down view’ is often a starting point, where a revenue forecast is broken down across different product groups (commonly referred to as ‘categories’) and then finally to the individual product (e.g. a pair of pants). Similarly, a geographic top down view is taken where the global revenue number is broken down by regions and eventually down to the store level. A ‘bottom up’ view can be taken based on actual product level forecasts. Often times, ‘middle-out’ view is also done at one of the intermediate points in the hierarchies. All these views are synchronized closely before arriving at final numbers and targets. This process sounds straight forward, but is complicated by the sheer size of the retail problem. Imagine doing these aggregations for 100,000 products! (A typical Wal-Mart stocks well over 200,000 products). Now add the store dimension (Major US chains have 1000s of stores), and you will get the idea of the scale problem. As a result, merchandize planning drives some challenging scalability requirements for databases and servers.

Table 1: Retail SCM & Operations – Business Processes & IT Drivers
Business Process Focus Key IT Drivers
Merchandise Planning Selecting the right products to purchase for the season/year, based on corporate objectives and setting sales targets Scalability Multi-level aggregation/dis-aggregation
Assortment Planning Grouping stores based on similar characteristics. Selecting what store groups have what products Optimization Algorithms for identifying the right store groups (clusters).
Transportation Planning & Logistics Delivering the product to the stores while minimizing transportation cost. Transaction Management for handling large volume of shipment orders
Optimization Algorithms for truck load building and route planning
Replenishment & Inventory Management Getting the right amount of the product to the store, while minimizing excesses and reducing out of stocks situations Scalability
‘Fast’ algorithms for calculating replenishments and inventory targets
Store Operations Presenting the products appropriately
Collecting POS data
Managing customer loyalty
Scalability POS Data Collection Systems
Business Intelligence & Data Mining
Algorithms for ‘Planograms’

In case of DeshMart, the problem is not as massive as Wal-Mart, but still quite big. At present, DeshMart has over 500 stores with anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 products in a given store. Initially, at the beginning of the year, they had done the merchandize planning assuming a specific forecast value for the end of the year period. Now, they need to alter it, and propagate it down the hierarchy. This adjusts the forecast for individual products. This will in turn affect the purchasing decisions. In some cases (as it turned in DeshMart’s case…) it is too late to do this, since long lead time items are already on order. In such cases, various promotions/ discounting strategies are worked out to push the excess merchandize out. Note that given DeshMart’s unique customer loyalty and cost advantages, a down market can also be an opportunity. For example, Wal-Mart actually had more sales compared to previous quarters in the 2008 slowdown since the cost conscious consumer from other competing stores increasingly moved their shopping to Wal-Mart. Hence while adjusting the merchandize, DeshMart also considered this aspect as an input.

Once the product level forecast is available, the next challenge in a multi-store retail environment is deciding what stores carry what products. Not all DeshMart stores are the same. They differ by types of cities, as well as location of stores within cities. The typical product mix of a store in Central Deccan Gymkhana area of Pune is different from that in the Hadapsar suburb. A Mumbai store would differ in its product selection than say, a store in Indore. These product selections are referred to as ‘Assortments’ and planning them is called as ‘Assortment Planning’. Here too, scale is a big issue. Various algorithms are used to group stores based on their commonalities into groups or ‘clusters’. Then assortment decisions are made at the cluster level.

When the economic down turn hit, not only did the merchandizing decisions change, but also certain assortments by stores. To give an example stores in up market areas were now stocked with certain products normally allocated to more middle income areas. DeshMart was able to make these changes quickly by redoing certain clustering and changing allocations.

In both merchandizing and assortment planning IT plays a key role in providing the planners with a key capability to make fast and accurate decisions, while dealing with a huge amount of data. Handling large volumes of data, large scale aggregations and dis-aggregations, scenario planning &  what-ifs are also important IT requirements for these business processes.

Logistics & Transportation

If ‘Supply Chain Management‘ is loosely defined as ‘Getting the right product at the right place, at the right time’; then ‘Logistics & Transportation’ is one of the core execution pillars of realizing this. Logistics deals with the overall handling, distribution and shipment of products through the supply chain, while transportation is focused more on the physical shipment of goods and products. In a sense transportation can be considered as a subset of logistics, but often times these two terms are used interchangeably.

For large global retailers, the transportation problem typically begins at their warehouses. Product manufacturers are responsible for shipping material into these warehouses. (Note there are some exceptions such as Vendor Managed Inventory & Direct Store Shipments, but we will not discuss those here…).

The primary goal of efficient logistics & transportation planning is to get the product to the store at the right time, while minimizing cost. Warehouse management – ensuring smooth and efficient inflow and outflow of products is the first step. One relatively new technology that is being used in some places is ‘RFID’ (Radio Frequency ID). These are small tags (like a semiconductor chip) that are attached to stocking pallets, cases or other products that need tracking. A radio frequency based reader then ‘reads’ from this tag. This helps in easy tracking, sorting and distribution of products in a warehouse, while minimizing manual intervention. Some of these warehouses span many acres and have 1000s of pallets, miles of conveyor belt and typically handle over 100,000 individual products. Hence automated tracking is very important. RFID systems also need efficient large scale data acquisition and storage systems to handle this high volume data.

Truck load planning and truck routing are two important pieces of transportation planning. The challenge in truck load planning is filling up the truck to a full truck load with multiple products, while minimizing excessive shipments to the store (Note – It is always easy to ship a full truck load, if ‘stuffing’ it with unnecessary excess stuff is allowed…). The challenge comes in when this restriction of not shipping too much excess products comes in. Remember, excess product takes up excess space, as well as locks-up excess capital. This is bad for the overall financial performance. Various optimization based approaches that trade-off between cost of shipping early, vs. sending partial truck loads (thus trading off between excess inventory carrying costs vs. excess transportation costs…) are used to figure out the right loading mix inside a truck. In case full truck loads are not possible, then smaller shipments are loaded in, to be delivered to different destinations (typically different stores). This is called as ‘LTL Shipments’ (LTL = Less Than Truck Load). Here the challenge is to come up with a efficient truck route so as to minimize the distance traveled.

Hence if the DeshMart warehouse in Vashi, New Mumbai is shipping LTL shipments to the suburban stores in Bandra, Andheri and Mulund, the optimized route could consist of Vashi-Mulund-Andheri-Bandra. This seems relatively straight forward, but there are a lot of other constraints in the real world. There are some loading constraints, precedence constraints, traffic constraints, regulatory constraints that can influence the most optimal route on a map. Also, for a large retailer like Wal-Mart this process has to be done for 1000s of trucks every day. The IT systems have to deal with managing these whole sets of transactions as well as the decision making processes. They need efficient data integration with the IT systems of external logistics providers as well as suppliers.

In DeshMart’s case, there are also a series of local constraints that are peculiar to the Indian market. Shipping times in India can be fairly non-standard as compared to that in the US. Most truck operators are not organized into big companies. Regulatory requirements like Octroi (a local city tax) can add delays to the process. Enforcement of driving standards/time can also be a problem. Hence similar to Wal-Mart, DeshMart had made a strategic decision to own a private fleet of trucks for their transportation needs. This enables them with greater control over the whole process.

As we saw earlier, the impact of the economic slowdown led to last minute adjustments in assortments. Such changes, as well as those coming from sudden surges in demand can be better handled with a private fleet. DeshMart’s trucks also use the latest GPS based navigation and logging technology that enable the logistics master controller to keep exact track of each shipment in real time.

IT enabled dynamic logistics & transportation business processes helped DeshMart to better respond to the challenges of the ‘real’, ‘unplanned’ world, while keeping transportation costs at minimum.

Store Level Replenishment & Inventory Management

Store Level Replenishment & Inventory Management deals with calculating the right levels of products that are maintained at the individual stores. Too few and you run the risk of running out of stock, often resulting in lost sales and unhappy customers. Too many, and you take up excess space as well as occupy excess working capital.

Specialized replenishment and inventory management IT systems can react to daily fluctuations in the demand signals and pre-calculated forecasts at the store level and identify the right quantity of each product that needs to be shipped to the store. A variety of algorithms are used to do this, and like all other retail problems – scale is a big challenge. Imagine planning 100,000 products across 1,000 stores. The number of products-stores combination goes into millions! Now consider that this planning has to be done for the forecasted demand for the time horizon of next 2 weeks. Each day represents a new demand entry. Thus this further increases the problem size by an order of 14!

Daily demand fluctuations are usually computed based on ‘POS’ (Point-Of-Sale’) data. This data is often directly generated at the systems at the point where the sale takes place (e.g. cash register). POS Systems collect validate and transfer this data to the Replenishment System.

Through efficient store replenishment, DeshMart can make sure that they have the right product at the store, while keeping their costs low. The same cannot be said about their competitors! In fact, walk into any retail store today in India, and chances are you would find many of your preferred items to be out of stock. This goes a long way in generating the customer loyalty that DeshMart has been able to create over the years. What many of the new retail chains don’t seem to realize today (and what some ‘Neighborhood Kirana Stores’ do very well…) is that it is not the fancy layouts, air-conditioning, jazzy promotional material, etc. that attracts the customers! It is being repeatable and consistent and always having the fast moving goods in stock at all times – this is what the customer ultimately cares about!

Store Operations

Store Operations for DeshMart represents a great challenge and a terrific opportunity. Store operations in India can be quite different from that seen in the US or other developed countries. To start with, the store footprints are much smaller. The assortments are also smaller, but there is a lot of localization. For example, a large percentage of the assortment of a store in Chennai will differ from that in New Delhi. Managing store layouts and displays and locating the right stuff in the front, at the end aisles is very important. DeshMart uses CAD like software capabilities to do ‘Planograms’ (Planograms refer to the designing of products placement on the various shelves, while accounting for display priorities as well as the products’ volume dimensions). A fairly unique service in India is ‘home delivery’ service, provided by many grocery retailers. Ordering is either done over the phone or in person. A store level order entry and tracking system captures the order and coordinates the home delivery. DeshMart will be the first retailer in India to launch a completely web-based & call-center based ordering system, starting early next year. Here the order will be accepted and promised centrally and delivered from a central warehouse or a nearby store. This ‘hybrid’ web and brick and mortar model will be fairly unique not only in India but globally as well.

Customer loyalty is key for DeshMart. They have implemented a sophisticated customer loyalty program. A unique card/id number is assigned to a customer and rewards are given based on amount of purchase, as well as other special criteria. DeshMart collects, analyzes and mines customer buying preferences in their centralized business intelligence system and comes up with pricing and product placement strategies. Customer specific targeted emails and other specials are also managed through this system. For example, DeshMart’s data mining system can literally predict what special brand hair oil Mrs. Shah from Ahmadabad is likely to buy and at what frequency – and automatically send specials (or alerts) for the same!

All these entire store-centric systems ensured that even when the consumer spending all over India was going down, DeshMart still had their loyal customer continue to find and spend on the right product mix at their stores.

Conclusions and lessons learnt

In retrospect, the 2008 economic slowdown turned out to be a blessing in disguise for DeshMart. Through their superior business processes, management teams, and IT systems – they were able to not only react effectively to the changing market dynamics; they were also able to grab even higher market share. This same slowdown saw big troubles for many of DeshMart’s competitors, some of which like ‘Bharat Bears Mart’ actually went out of business.

Raj Deshpande reflects on this ‘interesting year’ and ponders how these 3 basic principles go a long way for his business success:

  • Focus on the customer – learn from the neighborhood Kirana Store.
  • Focus on costs at all costs – learn from the world leader, Wal-Mart.
  • Focus on leveraging IT for business – learn from industry leaders.
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I removed this post because the originator of the information did not want the information put up on a public website. They were under the impression that I was going to mail it out to people. Apparently, mailing it out is fine, but putting it on a website is not. I don’t understand it, but removing it at their request. Oh well…

Find collaborators at IdeaCamp Pune 2: 17 Jan

Are you passionate about some idea, but don’t know enough like-minded people to partner with to give life to the idea? Are you an enthusiast of one domain looking for an someone with skills in another domain to implement a pet project? Do you want smart, energetic people to brainstorm with about how best to achieve something that you’ve long dreamt of?

Would you like to help Arun Bhatia (ex Municipal Commissioner of Pune) figure out how to increase voter-turnout and citizen participation in governance? Would you like to figure out ways in which the internet can save lives? Would you like to help develop a campaigning tool?

Would you like to discuss different ways in which we can survive this recession? Does local Pune search interest you? How about a session on user-driven innovation from someone who’s been doing this for over 10 years?

Would you like to join me in creating a blog aggregator for all Pune blogs?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you should attend “IdeaCamp Pune 2” this Saturday, from 9:30am to 6pm at SICSR Pune. If you have no idea what SICSR is, then you really need to start reading PuneTech more often.

Still not convinced?

Check out my report of the first IdeaCamp Pune that happened last year. Or, see the IdeaCamp blog for various other reports of the last IdeaCamp (scroll down a couple of posts).

If you want to attend, register at the IdeaCamp page. You need to click on the Edit button at the top of the page. This will ask you to create an account; go ahead and follow instructions like a good soldier. Then you’ll get an activation link in the mail. Activate your account. Now you can go back to that page and click Edit, and this time it will allow you to edit the page. Scroll down to the list of participants and add your details to that table. You might have to right-click and use the “Row > Add Row After” menu to create a new row.

It is free, but you must register, because last time, due to space constraints, the number of participants were limited to 80, and many people who were interested were not allowed to attend. In other words, as we like to say here at PuneTech, Hurry! Offer valid until stocks last!!

And don’t forget to check the PuneTech calendar for all the other interesting events on offer for you.

And you are not subscribed to PuneTech, please do so – you can get updates (free) by email or via RSS. And tell your friends too.

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Get student interns for 6-months for your company

As a part of their course, students of courses like MCA and MSc CA are required to do a 6-month internship in the industry. Normally, students are expected to find the internships on their own, as a result of which, smaller companies and startups without much visibility lose out on this stream of students.

To fix this we are arranging a “speed-date” for companies to quickly give a very short pitch (3 minutes) about themselves and then meet many students in a short time so that in a single meeting companies can quickly shortlist probable candidates, and conversely candidates can quickly shortlist probable companies for further interviews. This will happen on January 22, 4:30pm at SICSR. If you are interested, send me a mail ( Hurry, offer valid until stocks last.

What to expect

  • These are students of the M.Sc. in Computer Applications offered by SICSR. They will know programming (java, javascript, PHP, Ajax, databases) quite well. They will also know computer science fundamentals (algorithms, etc.) but not quite as well as a B.E. student. See for details of their curriculum
  • The students can start working for you immediately, and will work for 5 to 6 months – i.e. until mid-June. This is supposed to be a full-time job for the students during this period.
  • You would be expected to pay the students a stipend of about 4k/5k per month (or more depending on quality of students and competition). The official line is that they are required to do this to learn something, and not for the money. (It’s a requirement for their degree and they cannot graduate without this experience.)
  • You would be expected to give an evaluation of the student’s work to the college
  • In one of the previous POCC meetings, I heard someone say that they had a good experience with SICSR student interns. If you or someone else has experience with SICSR interns, please share it here for the benefit of the community. Please share negative experiences also, if you’ve had any.


  • Send me ( a requirement profile describing the kind of project/work you are willing to offer by Thursday, 15th January. This will be cirtulated amongst the students. Describe your company, and the project/role. Please also indicate whether you are willing to receive some resumes of interested students beforehand.
  • On Thursday, 22nd Jan, 4:30pm to 7:30pm, there will be a “speed date” kind of an event, where each one of you will get 3 minutes to pitch your company and/or projects. At the end, you get a table where interested students come and talk to you for a maximum of 5 minutes. In this time, you should get a quick judgement of whether you want call this student for a further interview. The expectation is that at the end of the day, you have a short list of students that you are interested in interviewing, and who are interested in working for you.
  • Due to time constraints, the number of slots is limited. So, in case we receive more entries than we can accomodate, we’ll choosed on a first-come-first-served basis.

We are trying to include other colleges with similar programs. I’ll send out updates as more info becomes available.

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Seminar on Understanding Wi-Fi Cyber attacks

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What: Free Seminar on Wi-Fi security and understanding wi-fi cyber attacks conducted by AirTight Networks and MCCI
When: Tuesday, Jan 13, 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Hall No. 6 & 7, B Wing, 5th Floor MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex Senapati Bapat Road
Registration and Fees: This seminar is free for all. Register at:

WiFi is fast becoming popular in India – among home users, business travelers, and corporates. While WiFi provides the benefits of wireless and mobile access, unsecured WiFi provides an easy target for hit-and-run style attacks allowing hackers to cause severe damage while remaining invisible and undetected. The crimes range from cyber extortion, downloading illegal content, to theft of credit card numbers and other private corporate information. Most importantly, the recent incidents of cyber terrorism in India showed that an unsecured WiFi connection poses danger to national security.

WiFi cyber-attacks can be used to hack into your network to steal confidential data, steal usernames and passwords, steal user identities or to plan terror attacks. Your WiFi network can become a huge liability if not secured properly.

To create public awareness, MCCIA in association with AirTight Networks Pvt. Ltd., the global leader in wireless security, is conducting a free introductory seminar titled “Understanding WiFi Cyber-attacks”.

This seminar will be followed by a panel discussion titled “Legal and Financial Exposure from WiFi Cyber-attacks”. Panel members include top experts such as Deepak Shikarpur, Chairman, IT Committee, MCCIA, Vaishali Bhagwat, Top Cyber-crime Lawyer and Pravin Bhagwat, Wireless Networking Pioneer.

This seminar is free for all. Register at:

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12 interesting tech events in Pune over the next 10 days

Update: two more events got added to this list soon after it was published. So the number has gone up to 12 from the original 10.

Pune is buzzing with tech activities. The PuneTech calendar lists 10 interesting tech eventPune Technologys between now (9th January 2009) and next weekend (18th January). How many are you attending?

Here is a quick listing:

Saturday, Jan 10

Sunday, Jan 11

Tuesday, Jan 13
Saturday, Jan 17
IdeaCampPune-2, All Day @ SICSR

Sunday, Jan 18 Monthly Meeting on Computer Security: Saturday Jan 10

What: Monthly meeting on Network Security by security awareness group “Null
When: Saturday, 10st January, 6pm
Where: IMED, More Vidyalaya, Paud Road, Pune
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all. No registration required.

Agenda of the meet:
1. Discuss the AntiPhishing Project.
2. Discuss the Clubhack IAS project.
3. Presentation on Stack Smashing/Shellcoding.
4. Planning for our next Event.
5. What to and how to of our meets.

For the other 4 tech events happening this weekend, check the PuneTech calendar.

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PUG Community Day: NAP with Windows Server 2008

What: Pune (Microsoft Technologies) User Group Community Day featuring a presentation on NAP with Windows Server 2008
When: Saturday 10 January, 6pm onwards
Where: SEED Infotech Ltd., Nalanda, S No – 39, Hissa No – 2/2, CTS 943, Opp Gandhi Lawns, Erandwana, Pune 411 004,
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all. No registration required.

(For a list of “competing” tech activities in Pune this weekend, see the PuneTech calendar)

About the speaker – Abhishek Pradhan

Abhishek is in Information Security (SIR Specialist). He is currenly working with Symantec India, and has around 5 yrs of expertise on various Server Technologies and on Microsoft domain.

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