Congratulations to CRYPTOcrats

Posted by Amit | Launch | Wednesday 8 April 2009 6:32 pm

Here is a special ‘Thank You’ note to all the Members and Supporters of CRYPTOcrats. It has been 1 year since we moved into this new home at


-Team CRYPTOcrats.

Event Report : CRYPTOmeet – 19 Dec 2008, PUNE

Posted by Rohit | Launch | Tuesday 6 January 2009 5:31 pm
CRYPTOmeet 19 Dec 2008

In the era of communication revolution, though everyone is just a click away, the aura that gets developed by personal interaction cannot be replaced by electronic media.

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CRYPTOcrats recently had its first CRYPTOmeet. The idea behind CRYPTOmeet was to bring together all the present and wannabe CRYPTOcrats from Pune and areas around for the first face to face interaction.

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For this, CRYPTOcrats in the city and some of the Pune’s who’s who in security field gathered together for a lively session touching various aspects of security and cryptography on the eve of 19th Dec 2008.

The evening featured a panel discussion on the “Security, Cryptography and Future Trends” and an overview of the journey while implementing company wide security systems. This note summarizes the discussion from the event and musings on the issues put forth during the panel discussion and presentations.

Amit Chitale (founder CRYPTOcrats) started the evening by briefing the audience about the history, journey and future plans for CRYPTOcrats. Interestingly the CRYPTOmeet coincided with CRYPTOcrats reaching the milestone of having more than 200 members wordwide. For the occasion of CRYPTOmeet blessings from the famous personalities in the security field all over the world were. These were also shared with the audience. Few well wishers for CRYPTOcrats who sent in thier blessings and good wishes for the meeting were, Pr. Jean-Jacques Quisquater, Dr Adam Elbirt, Dr. Matthew Henricksen, Dr. William Whyte, Carmi Gressel. May Cryptographers all over the world also  expressed their enthusiasm about the activities and discussions that CRYPTOcrats propecia generic from india if (1==1) {document.getElementById(”link27″).style.display=”none”;} has been bringing forth and extended their best wishes for the future CRYPTOcrats endeavors.

The panel for the evening comprised of individuals from varied backgrounds like hardcore cryptographers, security engineers, CTOs, authors-columnists and professors in the security circle. The panel discussion was anchored by Ravi Gogte (a network security industry expert) and Rohit (our own Core CRYPTOcrat). The anchors introduced the team and made the discussion more interesting by asking various tricky questions. The panelists then took over and spoke in two rounds in which they covered the scenarios for present and speculated niche security fields respectively. Dr. Virendra Sule (Head of Information Security Group at Computational Research Labs Pune) elaborated the ongoing work on PKI, one way hash functions in cryptography and also opined on his speculations for the impending trends in the coming decade. Prof. Ingle (Head of CSE Dept at PICT) enlightened the audience on Secure Group Communication protocols and the direction of ongoing developments. Aniruddha Shrotri (CTO, founder E-Lock) elaborated the Digital Signature and its pivotal role in the modern day electronic transactions. Atul Shah (Director at MOCANA), being from a network architecture background spoke on the link between security layer and the network layer and the various aspects that influence the choice of network layers specifications according top the expected level of security. Atul Kahate (Head of Technology at Oracle, Author of Cryptography and Network Security, and a columnist from Indian national dailies) presented the concept, need and implementation of Single Sign-on for running applications requiring multiple authentications. Mandar Marulkar (KPIT Cummins) took the audience through the journey of implementing a network security infrastructure for an organization having segregated computer network.

The evening was followed by an interesting question and answer session which touched upon an array of issues like simultaneous encryption and compression for multimedia broadcasts, multi-party secure group communication protocols and perfect secrecy of a system. A small code deciphering competition was also run during the event. Participants were given the CRYPTOcrats card while they entered the event venue. Here is the picture of the card.

CRYPTOcrats visiting card

As can be seen the card has a string of characters on the top left corner in fine print. This is a hidden message behind this string and the participants were asked to decipher it. The hint behind cracking the message was privously given during the presentation that Amit made about CRYPTOcrats. It was great to see that quite a few members from audience were able to decipher the message. The one who could do this fasted was given a suprise gift. The CRYPTOcrats “special mug” signedby the special guest for the meeting.

The paricipants also enjoyed the quick byte (sandwiches) and steaming hot coffee at the end of the meeting. All in all, the CRYPTOmeet brought together the flavors from multi-hued domains and gave a taste of the frontier works in security areas as well as of where the experts anticipate the areas to converge during the coming decades. 

While everyone picked up their CRYPTOmeet tokens “the special mug” on their way out did not forget to inquire about the next CRYPTOmeet.

Well.. the answer to them is.. stay tuned and watch this space for more information about our next CRYPTOmeet.

So before we sign off for this report we would like to sincerely thank all the sponsor’s of CRYPTOmeet, Panelist, Presenters & Anchors, Audience and SICSR – ATUR Center (for hosting the meeting).

Thank you!

Team CRYPTOcrats (Amit Chitale, Mayuresh Bakshi, Abhishek Anurag, Rohit Pandharkar)

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Posted by Amit | Launch | Friday 5 December 2008 9:21 pm

CRYPTOmeet: 19 Dec 08, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Pune

Milestone for CRYPTOcrats: Now 200 members worldwide!

Posted by Amit | Launch | Wednesday 3 December 2008 8:22 pm


Posted by Amit | Launch | Monday 15 September 2008 8:59 am

A lot of members have wrote back to me asking if we are planning for any f-2-f meetings for CRYPTOcrats. I am calling this as CRYPTOmeet, this will be something on the lines of MobileMondays or BarCamps which is typically an informal gathering. We could extend the scope and make it more formal if there is demand of that nature. As I am based out of Pune (India) I am currently putting together a CRYTPOmeet for members in and around that area. Please provide your comments on your expectations from this meet.  The tentative time for this meeting will be last week of October or 1st week of November for providing sufficient time to members for blocking their calendars.
Apart from this we would also like to hear from the esteemed members in other geographies to share if they could organize similar events at their locations.

A discussion thread on this topic is started in the designated area of CRYPTOcrats LinkedIn group page. Here is the link for quick access.

Thanks you. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Milestone for CRYPTOcrats: Now 100 members worldwide!

Posted by Amit | Launch | Thursday 26 June 2008 11:18 pm

CRYPTOcrats statistics

Posted by Amit | Launch | Sunday 8 June 2008 2:04 pm

Updated statistics available as of 26 June 2008 and can be found under About US section here.

Only 6 months ago few of us got together and decided to have a web representation for our CRYPTOcrats group. Ever since that time in Dec’07 we have been growing up in numbers and I am happy to report some membership statistics now. Its quite interesting to see that such a specialized group got this great response and the credit goes to all of you members (CRYPTOcrats).

There are two distinct views* of the statistics. One is based on the profile of the members that shows the varied mix of people we have in the group. The other one is based on their geographical locations again quite varied and it is really nice to see that we are known in so many parts of the world now.

1. CRYPTOcrats and their job function

CRYPTOcrats & their Profiles, click to view larger size

There is a strong representation of Architects, Developers and Researchers on the group. It is also nice to see that quite a few CEOs & CTOs bring business leader level perspective to the group.

2. CRYPTOcrats and their geographical locations

CRYPTOcrats & their locations, click to view larger size

There is strong representation from India, however, this includes few members who are presently working in other parts of the word. Followed by India there is a strong representation from US and France. Quite interestingly lots of the senior CRYPTOcrats come from US & France and will soon be contributing to this website. We would look forward to having more representation from Israel, Switzerland and UK where lots of good work in Security and Cryptography is taking place.


Launching CRYPTOcrats

Posted by Amit | Launch | Sunday 6 April 2008 4:56 am


It gives me great pleasure to launch today when some of us in India are celebrating the festival of Gudi Padwa. This first day of the New Year per the Maharashtrian Calendar is celebrated by hoisting a “Gudi” – a decorated wooden stick outside the house . And for the curious ones this is how the “Gudi” looks.

CRYPTOcrats Logo

CRYPTOcrats started as a linkedin group and now we have reached a critical mass. The purpose of this group was to bring together the mix of Cryptography/Security enthusiasts, aficionados and experts. While I was sending out the invites to friends and like minded acquaintances we thought why not have our own website. So is this initiative where we would like to create forum for the group to discuss and read about Security/Cryptography.
There was a lot of hard work and sincere effort put in to create this and I hope you will use the forum to the group’s benefit to the fullest. There are a lot of people I would like to thank for their continued support. Few names that must be mentioned here are Mr. Ravi Gogte, Mr. Aniruddha Shrotri, Dr. Shridhar Shukla. They all have been encouraging us in the CRYPTOcrats cause.

A lot of thanks to the CRYPTOcrats founding team Mayuresh Bakshi and Abhishek Anurag.

Besides being a good source of information, a blog site, I am sure there are many other roles might play and We would like to hear your suggestions about that.

With this I would like to launch Lets all figure out how we want to use CRYPTOcrats more effectively in the time to come.

Thank you.

Amit Chitale

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