Visa, one of the most advanced payment processing networks in the world, is backing Sri Lanka’s fifth annual Cyber Security Summit as a strategic partner.

The summit on 27 and 28 September at Cinnamon Grand consists of three key events: the Cyber Security Day Conference and Hangout with Hackers (Night Hack) evening infotainment meet-up on 27 September, and the CEOs’ Forum on Cyber Security on 28 September.

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

Visa India and South Asia Chief Risk Officer Shivakumar Sriraman said: “The future is now as digital is transforming the payment experience, offering limitless growth. As we step into the digital era, nobody is more focused on payment security than Visa. To ensure cyber security, the entire ecosystem must embrace open collaboration and relentless innovation to devalue data, protect data, harness data and empower customers in this interconnected world. Taking a data-driven approach is the only way to stay ahead of the threats impacting businesses and nations.”

CICRA Group Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne said that the co-organisers are honoured to have Visa – a global payments technology company, working to enable consumers, businesses, banks and governments to use digital currency – as a strategic partner of the summit.

“This year’s summit will be a bigger and better experience with a number of international and local experts addressing the gathering. The highlight of the event will be the two founder members of world’s toughest hacking groups – LulzSec and Anonymous. They had been convicted and are now engaged in ethical hacking,” Dayaratne added.

“The main objective of the summit is to create awareness on the importance of cyber security among top officers in the top corporate management and IT professionals. It also infuses them with best practices in acquiring, implementing, managing and measuring information security postures of their organisations and countermeasures.”

“The summit will also expose the latest flaws in information security that affect the global community, including corporations and governments. Discussions and presentations will revolve around some of the most malicious attacks and potential threats surrounding the security field,” Dayaratne added.

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