Good corporate citizens support University students’ participation at Cyber Security Summit today

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A host of institutions, in the spirit of good corporate citizenship, has come forward to sponsor the participation of several deserving University students at the Daily FT co-organised 6th Annual Cyber Security Summit today, from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the Cinnamon Grand. 

There will be over 60 student participants at the Summit, following their nominations for the event by the respective Universities.  

The organisations which came forward to sponsor these students to benefit from new knowledge on cyber security are: the National Savings Bank; Carson Management Services; John Keells Holdings PLC; Lanka Orix Leasing PLC; Vallibel PLC; Siam City Cement; 99X; AIA; Expolanka Holdings PLC; PAYable; BDO Partners/Lanka Holdings; Nature Beauty Creation; Overseas Reality Ceylon; and Sunshine Holdings.

The Universities represented are: University of Moratuwa; University of Peradeniya; University of Jaffna; University of Colombo; University of Sri Jayewardenepura; University of Kelaniya; Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka; Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka; and Open University of Sri Lanka.

Seventeen speakers and panellists, including top foreign experts, will share key insights on the latest threats to cyber security and solutions at the Summit, co-hosted by CICRA, Sri Lanka’s pioneering cyber security training and consultancy organisation.

Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne PC will inaugurate the summit as the Chief Guest, while Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy will serve as the Guest of Honour. 

The deliberations, held under the theme ‘Towards a secure digital future’, will focus on four core sessions during the day conference: mitigating cyber risks in financial services, security in the IOT Era, prevention of data leakage, and Digital Forensic Dynamics.

Visa Inc., US, Director (Risk Services, India and South Asia) Lakshmi Ramakrishnan will deliver the keynote address at the session on ‘Mitigating risks in financial services’, while Dr. Coomaraswamy is the Guest Speaker. Commercial Bank of Ceylon COO/ Executive Director Sanath Manatunge and LankaClear DGM (IT and Operations) Dinuka Perera will be the panellists at the session.

The second session, titled ‘Security in the IOT Era’ will have CISCO USA Cyber Security Regional Manager (India and SAARC) Vivek Srivastava delivering the keynote while Dialog Axiata Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rainer Deutschmann is the Guest Speaker. Duo World Inc. CEO and Chief Architect Muhunthan Canagey and Dialog Axiata M2M/IoT Strategy Development and Partner Management Head Dr. Indika Samarakoon will be the panellists at the session.

InfoWatch Russia Senior Manager Nikita Zaychikov will deliver the keynote at the third session, titled ‘Prevention of data leakage’, while Cisco Inc. US Cyber Security Director (India & SAARC) Vishak Raman is the Guest Speaker. Hatton National Bank Deputy General Manager (Risk/CRO/CISO) Damith Pallewatta and BDO Sri Lanka and the Maldives Partner (Risk, Forensic and IT Advisory Service) Ashane Jayasekara are the panellists of the session.

Digital Intelligence and Investigation Solutions, Cellebrite, Israel Vice President (APAC) Terry Loo will deliver the keynote for the fourth session titled ‘Digital Forensic Dynamics’.  AppKnox, Singapore Co-Founder/CTO Subho Halder will be the Guest Speaker of the session while the panellists are Sri Lanka Police STF Commandant Senior DIG M.R. Latiff and Sri Lanka CERT|CC Principal Information Security Engineer Roshan Chandragupta.

The day conference of the summit will be followed by Hangout with Hackers (Night Hack) – an evening edutainment meet-up, where ethical hackers will conduct demonstrations and engage with the audience to showcase the latest skills. 

The audience will receive a better understanding of the need for proactive strategies for corporate IT infrastructure through these demonstrations. The demonstrations will also emphasise the need to recognise ethical hacking as a profession, and the importance of hiring those involved in it for proactive exercises to ensure enterprise IT security.

The summit is supported by Cisco as the principal sponsor, Visa as the strategic partner and InfoWatch and Tufin as co-sponsors. LankaPay is the official payment partner of the summit, while Dialog is the telecommunication partner. Sri Lanka Insurance is the insurance partner of the summit. The Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and ICT Agency of Sri Lanka have endorsed the event.