Two teams hosted by CICRA Education representing Sri Lanka at the Global Cyberlympics – Olympic-styled international competition amongst cyber security professionals – have won the Forensic Challenge held last week.
Global Cyberlympics Administration Team announced on Saturday that the two teams – Team CICRA and Team CICRA Lions – have advanced to the next round of competition which will be a Penetration Challenge.
Almost all the members of the two teams are Certified Ethical Hackers (C|EH) from the EC-Council, USA trained by CICRA Education; they are sponsored by CICRA Education up to the World Finals on 29 October in Miami, USA, CICRA Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne said.
Team CICRA is captained by Parakum Pathirana, Head of IT Security and Compliance at Lanka ORIX Information Technology Services Ltd. Parakum has a MSC in internet engineering from University of East London and several professional qualifications including CISSP.
His other team members are: Gnanasekaraiyer Balachandran (Lecturer at APIIT and holds C|EH and C|HFI), Salinda Lekamge (Sri Lanka Telecom) [MBA], Dhanushka Fernando (Seylan Bank) [C|EH], Dilshaan Perera (AHL Business Solutions) [C|EH] and Lasantha Thenuwara (Nations Trust Bank) [C|EH]
Meanwhile, Team CICRA Lions is captained by Kanagarajah Krishan, a Chartered Accountant from Ernst & Young. Krishan holds a C|EH. His fellow team members are: Sandamali Silva (SriLankan Airlines) [C|EH], Aruna Krishantha (Sampath Bank) [C|EH], Heshan Perera (Zone24x7 Inc) [C|EH], DhimalWickramarathne (Singapore Informatics) [C|EH], Suresh Rupasinghe (Singapore Informatics) [C|EH].
Managers for Team CICRA and CICRA Lions respectively are CICRA Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne and Executive Director Vasana Wickremasena.
The two teams will first compete under the ‘Asia and Middle East’ region. As the competition progresses, teams will be eliminated until a select few teams from each continent remain that will represent their country and region respectively for the World Finals Competition.
Cyberlympics is an international cyber security competition with the objective of unifying Global Cyber Defence through the Games organized by the EC-Council Foundation, USA. The EC-Council Foundation is a charitable and educational organisation dedicated to educating and training individuals in security skills established by the International Association of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).
The Cyberlympics is endorsed by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT). IMPACT is the cyber security executing arm of the United Nations’ specialised agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré is the patron of Global Cyberlympics, Dayaratne said.
Global Cyberlympics aspires to create an opportunity for ethical hacking to be accepted, practiced and demonstrated without any discrimination, across all geographical boundaries – for the purpose of understanding what it takes to protect and secure critical information and assets. One key initiative for Global Cyberlympics is to foster an environment that creates child online protection through education, he said.
CICRA Education is an accredited training centre of the EC-Council. CICRA delivers number of EC-Council training programs on cyber security in Sri Lanka. They include: Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (E|CAN) leading to Licenced Penetration Tester (L|PT).