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Smart Networks Towards A Digital Renaissance

Richa Daga, Software Engineer, Cisco
19 Aug 2021
13:30 - 14:00
Keynote Room

Smart Networks Towards A Digital Renaissance

How was the world without the digital revolution of AI, IoT, AR, VR? Less connected, but more secure!

With the world still reeling under Covid-19, digital channels continue being used, increasing pressure on digital security. So, do cybersecurity threats looming on the horizon suggest putting a halt to the dreams of sprawling end-to-end digitized networks? Or is there some hope? Can technology solve the issues that it created itself? Gone are the days of networks that relied on traditional network security measures and infrastructure. To address the heightened risk of cyber threats, security must be everywhere across the extended network. The mission to keep networks up and secure must continue. But for that, the network needs to be prepared.

In the past, external devices were used to gather data to provide deep insights into the current and future performance of the network. But today, sensors, firewalls, or intrusion detection prevention systems are not enough, and the need arises for a network that can protect itself. A real-time picture of how data is flowing across the network helps to isolate what changed in the network to cause latency, jitter, or packet drop. Analyzing the data and trends helps predict when a component might fail and ensure proactive changes before that happens.

Security can be relatively strong in one layer of the network; however, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Thus, it is necessary to identify where any potential vulnerabilities lie, and all layers of the network need to be protected. Having accurate telemetry and visibility at the lower levels validates the integrity of the physical layer in critical infrastructure. Higher layers monitor data flow changes and update regarding associated threats. It is this network telemetry that is crucial to real awareness, decision-making, and response.

In this session, we will be discussing how monitoring each layer of the network can play a crucial part in protecting the entire network. Gaining insights into the health of the communication link and the fiber infrastructure, improving the cyber posture of critical infrastructure will be highlighted. The proposed session will be a presentation with end-users and enterprises as the target audience and will highlight the self-healing and resilient networks for connectivity anytime, anywhere!


With a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Master of Technology degree in Networks and Networked Systems, Richa is as technical as you can get. She has vast experience working in the telecom and optical networking domain as a professional embedded software engineer at Ciena.

She has also worked at Cisco Research and Development offshore center developing products on SONET, OTN, Ethernet technologies from scratch. She has worked in the data plane area for the bring-up of line cards, FPGAs, DSPs, and ASICs device drivers and has been a part of the customer response team handling live customer network issues on the deployed products.

She was the chairperson of the IEEE Women in Engineering branch of her alma mater and headed/hosted/judged various seminars, presentations, and organized state/national events.

She has technical papers published in national conferences and has been conferred with the best orator award at many gatherings. She received an outstanding student volunteer award in the Women in Engineering field in AGM-2011 by the Delhi section of IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

She believes in investing in knowledge and sharing with other women in tech via communities. She is a core member of the shespeaksbureau and believes in supporting Diversity and Inclusion. She was a speaker at the past IoT Slams where she shared her insights regarding 5G, IoT, Smart Grids, Edge Cloud, Submarine Networks , and optical technologies. Richa is based out of New Delhi, India