Cyber security in Sri Lanka: CXO Breakfast Briefing



Cyber security in Sri Lanka has come a long way. We’ve gone from fearing viruses (back in the Norton / McAffee days) to fearing Facebook hacks and exploits to actually having National websites hacked and defaced.

Hence SLASSCOM’S “CXO BREAKFAST BREFING ON ORGANIZED CRIME ON THE INTERNET”. Taking place on the 20th of February at 7.30 AM at Hilton Colombo Residencies, (yes, they weren’t kidding when they said breakfast), the CXO briefing seems to be in the form of a high-fledged panel discussion featuring some  icons in the regional cybersecurity scene:


Keshav Dhakad, Microsoft Asia

Keshav is a Senior Attorney and the Regional Director of Intellectual Property, License Compliance and Digital Crimes of Microsoft Asia. Before joining Microsoft Asia in 2012, Keshav headed the IP & Anti-Piracy department at Microsoft India since 2007. Prior to that, Keshav was a partner with IP Boutique law firm Anand & Anand, New Delhi. Keshav also performs as the current Chair of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Asia Committee.


Jayantha Fernando, ICTA

Jayantha Fernado is a program director and the legal advisor for ICTA. Actively involved in the e-Sri Lanka Development project from planning to implementation, he’s been involved in drafting some of the most important IT-related legislature in the country (such as the Electronic Transactions Act of 2006 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act).  He is part of ICANN and has a 15-year track record of navigation a wide world of tech-ralted legal affairs.


Lal Dias, CERT

The CEO of the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), he effectively runs the primary cybersecurity regime protecting Sri Lanka. He’s been instrumental in bringing digital defences and building corporate alliances to cement security tech for Sri Lanka.


Sujit Christy, Layers-7 Seguro Consultoria

Sujit is a cybersecurity expert with a long background in business security, governance and risk management. Sujit is a visiting lecturer at the department of Criminology, University of Madras, and has gained a huge reputation for his work founding and leading entire chapters of the global (ISC)2 Foundation.


Mano Sekaram, 99X Technology

The co-founder and CEO of one of Sri Lanka’s best software product engineering companies, Mano is a 20-year veteran in the IT industry who also serves as a member of the Presidential Task Force on English and IT (among other positions). Frequently attends and speaks at major IT events all over Colombo. 99X provides software for international clients, giving them a huge amount of expertise in business security.


Entrance is free, but limited to SLASSCOM members only.





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