ICT a guiding hand for economic development

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  634 views  |  

The Chief of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) during his recent visit to Sri Lanka emphasised it is imperative for inclusion to be at the very top of Commonwealth ICT agendas. CTO Secretary-General and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Chair Professor Tim Unwin who was in the country to address the 32nd National Information Technology Conference shared with the Daily FT the progress of institution, its areas of work, priorities, new initiatives, and areas that require more emphasis. Following are the excerpts of the interview: By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Q: Could you give us a brief about CTO and how it has progressed since its establishment? A: The Commonwealth Telecommunication... 


Pragmatic approach to cyber security urged at 2nd Ethical Hackers Forum

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,176 views  |  

By David Stephens A pragmatic approach to cyber security is the most effective method of combating a host of new threats targeting companies’ online systems and data, according to a collection of ethical hackers and professionals from the IT security industry, who shared their views at a recent forum on online security. This strategy was strongly endorsed by John Keells Executive Vice President and CIO Ramesh Shanmuganathan, the Chief Guest at the 2nd Ethical Hackers Forum organised by CICRA Holdings last Friday at Olympic House. Shanmuganathan advised the forum’s participants to adhere to sensible and workable policies when drafting security measures against online risks and to avoid over-engineering... 


Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  297 views  |  

Reuters: Apple Inc is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal and will aggressively encourage users to take stricter security measures, CEO Tim cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. Apple will alert users through email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time, the report said. Apple is moving quickly to restore confidence in its systems’ security ahead of the crucial launch of its new iPhone next week. Cook said Apple will broaden its use of the two-factor authentication security system... 


IFS Regional Conference 2014 for MEASA in Colombo from 17-18 September

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  264 views  |  

The IFS Regional Conference 2014 for MEASA is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka on 17 and 18 September in Colombo and is set to feature a participation of over 100 attendees from countries of the Middle East, Africa and South Asian regions or MEASA as it known. At a time when IFS has taken up a fixed presence in Sri Lanka, this regional conference will comprise of a diversified audience from the region where huge potential and scope is perceived through better growth in this industry. IFS have been in operation in Sri Lanka since 1997 and this establishment has helped carve out a position in Sri Lanka’s ICT landscape. IFS Sri Lanka also prides itself with the largest Research and Development... 


Xtreme Networks launches operations in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  361 views  |  

Xtreme Networks Ltd., an Information Technology Company consisting of a highly-specialised team of network professionals, has launched operations in Sri Lanka. Xtreme Networks is a premier certified company under Cisco Systems – Sri Lanka and has a specialisation in Advanced Unified Communications. Being the brainchild of Nalaka Karunaratne and Kiran Vuppalapati, Xtreme Networks originated from Sydney, Australia in 2009 and marked their presence in Sri Lanka in 2010, one year after Sri Lanka rose from the ashes of the 30-year civil war. This conducive outset enabled Nalaka – a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Voice –and Kiran – a dual CCIE holder in Routing & Switching... 


Larger Apple iPhone shipments delayed amid record orders

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  463 views  |  

Reuters: Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company’s latest smartphones strained available supply. The new iPhone 6 goes on sale on 19 September in the United States but the company began taking online orders on Thursday. While the larger 5.5-inch ‘Plus’ models now display a wait time of up to a month, the 4.7-inch version remains available for delivery on 19 September Apple’s website showed. Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Corp, also showed shipment delays of up to six weeks on their respective websites. Apple said the pace of orders has so far outstripped any of its previous... 


Regional IT/BPM cities to spearhead inclusive growth in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  551 views  |  

SLASSCOM Vice Chairman Mano Sekaram champions second tier cities for fast-forwarded rural advancement In a move to create much-needed IT/BPM capacity required for the expansion of the industry in Sri Lanka, which is now poised for accelerated growth, SLASSCOM Vice Chairman Mano Sekaram is advocating the creation of regional second tier cities to bring about inclusive growth in the country. The IT/BPM industry is now amongst the top five largest export earners, with an estimated export revenue of $ 720 million in 2013 and a growth of 33,700 employees in 2007 to 75,100 employees in 2013. The industry has also played a key role in developing ICT, which has played a critical role in the country’s... 


WSO2 hosts first coding social to foster open source cloud development

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  713 views  |  

Cloud computing is increasingly gaining popularity as the preferred platform for developing and hosting applications. WSO2 will host the first coding social of its kind, WSO2 Hackthon 2014, to help programming enthusiasts develop their skills in creating and implementing their own brand of open source software in a cloud based environment. The hackathon taking place from 26-28, September at the WSO2 Colombo office premises at Palm Grove, Colombo 3, will be a 48-hour non-stop event which also includes a great line up of entertainment, surprise guest appearances, sports activities and competitions. Participants are encouraged to come up with their own ideas, concepts and scope of projects that... 


UNCITRAL in Colombo this week after 25 years

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  248 views  |  

Progress made by ICTA in electronic and cyber laws pays dividends The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL-RCAP) will conduct its South Asia Seminar on 18 and 19 September in Colombo. Held in association with the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), this seminar will be the first ever significant event of UNCITRAL hosted in Sri Lanka, in more than 20 years. The two-day seminar will bring in more than 15 foreign experts who would join their Sri Lankan counterparts as keynote speakers, panel discussion moderators and members of panels. Each panel discussion will address a variety of commercial... 


IBSL successfully…

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  241 views  |  

In order for the students to prepare for the examination, the IBSL released a list of recommended text books, reading materials and a set of guidance questions papers which are available in the IBSL Website. Nearly 100 international text books were acquired for the IBSL Library. A new panel of resource persons was recruited from the qualified and experienced professionals in the banking and finance profession. The preparation of subject-wise study packs is now in the process. IBSL Graduate School coming up As the next step of the new academic programme, the Graduateship Programme in Applied Banking and Finance is planned to commence in 2015. For this purpose, the IBSL Graduate School of Banking... 


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