Seventeen speakers and panellists, including top foreign experts, will attend the sixth annual Cyber Security Summit, Sri Lanka’s premier information security awareness event, on 20 September at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

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, being 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.

The summit is co-organised by the Daily FT and CICRA – Sri Lanka’s pioneering cyber security training and consultancy organisation.

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

The second session titled ‘Security in the IOT Era’ will have Timothy Snow – Principal Solutions Architect, Security, Cisco Inc, US delivering the keynote while Dr. Rainer Deutschmann – Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata Plc is the Guest Speaker. Muhunthan Canagey – CEO and Chief Architect at Duo World Inc. and Dr. Indika Samarakoon – Head, M2M/IoT Strategy Development and Partner Management, Dialog Axiata Plc will be the panellists at the session.

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

Terry Loo – Vice President, APAC for Digital Intelligence and Investigation Solutions, Cellebrite, Israel will deliver the keynote for the fourth session titled ‘Digital Forensic Dynamics’.

Subho Halder – Co-Founder/CTO, AppKnox, Singapore will be the Guest Speaker of the session while the panellists are Senior DIG M.R. Latiff – Commandant, STF, Sri Lanka Police and Roshan Chandraguptha – Principal Information Security Engineer, Sri Lanka CERT|CC.

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.

Cinnamon Grand is the hospitality partner of the summit while Triad is the creative partner. The electronic media partners of the event are TV Derana, FM Derana, Ada Derana and Derana24X7.