Security experts call for government action against cyber threats

Published : 12:00 am  August 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  277 views  |  

Reuters: Alarmed by mounting cyber threats around the world and across industries, a growing number of security experts see aggressive government action as the best hope for averting disaster. Even though some experts are outraged by the extent of U.S. Internet spying exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, they are even more concerned about technologically sophisticated enemies using malware to sabotage utilities, wipe out data stored on computer drives, and steal defense and trade secrets. Such fears and proposals on new laws and executive action to counter these threats were core topics this week in Las Vegas at Black Hat and Def Con, two of the world’s largest gatherings for security... 


Sri Lanka Foundation ties up with Computer Society of Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  August 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  251 views  |  

Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF), the national centre for leadership education and training under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat, was founded in 1974 (under Act of Parliament Sri Lanka Foundation Law No. 31 of 1973). Hence SLF was a premier non- formal adult education centre in Asia with a specific focus on democratisation through training and dissemination of knowledge. Its areas of training and education include labour relations, gender equity, community development, grass roots leadership, good governance, disaster management, environment and health. Capacity building of civil society institutions and leadership training for community organisations are also major themes of SLF programs. These... 


Mount Lavinia Hotel clinches 2 Gold awards at BestWeb.lk competition

Published : 12:00 am  August 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  146 views  |  

Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka’s most celebrated colonial mansion with a history spanning over 200 years, was the recent recipient of multiple awards from the prestigious national BestWeb.lk 2014 competition. The Mount Lavinia Hotel site (www.mountlaviniahotel.lk) was adjudged the ‘BestWeb.lk 2014 Overall Gold Winner’ and also received the Gold award for the ‘Best Travel and Tourism Website’. “We are honoured to be recognised once again by the BestWeb.lk Competition,” said Chinthaka Daluwatte – Director Sales and Marketing, commenting on this achievement. “Mount Lavinia Hotel continues to win awards because of our commitment towards embracing overall customer experience, which... 


Yahoo to join Google to create spy-free email systems

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  338 views  |  

REUTERS: Yahoo Inc said it will join Google Inc to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users’ messages, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes as large technology companies unite to beef up their defenses against government intrusion and hacking, most notably after Edward Snowden exposed last year the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs. Google, Microsoft and Facebook Inc moved to encrypt internal traffic after revelations by Snowden that the spy agency hacked into their connections overseas. The companies have also smaller adjustments that together make sweeping collection... 


Micromax felicitates local dealers and distributors

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

Micromax, India’s largest mobile handset company and among the top global handset manufactures, recently felicitated local dealers and distributors at a gala event in Colombo. Held at Waters Edge, this inaugural event was hosted by Micromax along with Metropolitan Telecom Services Ltd., the National Distributor for Micromax in Sri Lanka, in recognition of the untiring efforts and contribution of their islandwide dealers and distributors in maintaining the expansive growth momentum of the Micromax brand in Sri Lanka. According to recent research reports published by reputed Indian advisory firm CyberMedia Research (CRM), Micromax emerged among the leading top brands in the local mobile handsets... 


US firm says Russian gang stole 1.2 b internet credentials

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  

Reuters: A cybersecurity firm said it has uncovered about 1.2 billion internet logins and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data, the New York Times reported last week. Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which discovered the credentials, said they were stolen from some 420,000 websites, according to the report. Hold Security declined to identify the sites that were breached, citing nondisclosure agreements and concerns that they remained vulnerable to attack, the paper reported on its website. “Hackers did not just target US companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune... 


Google to reward secure websites with better search ranking

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

REUTERS: Google Inc said it is encouraging website developers to make their sites secure for visitors by using site encryption as one of the factors to determine search ranking. The company is urging website developers to adopt HTTPS, a form of website encryption that secures data send over the Web, to protect user data from hackers. “Over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms,” the world’s No. 1 search engine operator said on a blog post last week. Developers compete fiercely with each other and tweak every small aspect of their websites to get a top search ranking.... 


Cyber Security Summit 2014: Panel shares key takes

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

Don’t take security for granted; have a systematic approach, firms and professionals told Cyber security requires all to stay in a constant state of preparedness IT security staff must play value card to win management backing The Cyber Security Summit 2014 organised by the Daily FT and CICRA Consultancies Ltd. wrapped up last week with a panel discussion featuring EC-Council Founder and President Jay Bavisi, Akati Consulting Malaysia CEO Krishna Rajagopal, Microsoft Regional Director Asia, IPR and Digital Crimes Unit, Legal and Corporate Affairs and Japan Keshav Dhakad and Infowatch Business Development Director Andrey Sokurenko. It was moderated by Daily FT Editor Nisthar Cassim. Following... 


IBM unveils ‘brain-like’ chip that can interpret complex data

Published : 12:00 am  August 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  168 views  |  

Reuters: International Business Machines Corp unveiled a “brain-like” computer chip on Thursday that is the size of a postage stamp and capable of processing massive amounts of data while handling inputs from many different sources, the company said. The announcement comes one month after IBM unveiled a $3 billion investment over the next five years in chip research and development to find a game-changing breakthrough that can help revive its slumping hardware unit. Unlike most chips, which operate on pre written paths, IBM’s version processes data in realtime and is capable of dealing with ambiguity, the company said. It runs on the energy equivalent of a hearing aid. Built on Samsung... 


SLASSCOM uplifts ICT, aims for higher ground

Published : 12:38 am  August 8, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  352 views  |  

Information Technology (IT) has been visible to some extent in Sri Lanka’s industrial landscape for the past 40 years or so. The field of IT came into existence with the pattern of providing a more efficient approach towards business dealings in particular. Heavy users in Sri Lanka during initial stages used to include bodies such as the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the State Engineering Corporation to name a few. Gradually, the private sector embraced IT as an enabler and through the years, IT steadily evolved. Jayantha De Silva, the President and CEO of IFS Sri Lanka and Chairman for the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) disclosed the change that this... 


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