The Department of Strategic Studies of the Faculty of Defence & Strategic Studies successfully organised a Panel Discussion on the pertinent theme Cyber Security Challenges in Sri Lanka on August 18, 2016.
The department invited four eminent speakers, namely Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) - Dr. Harinda Vidanage, Director, Legal of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Mr. Jayantha Fernando, Information Systems Architect and Security Control Designer - Mr. Sanjee Balasooriya and the Principal Information Security Engineer of Sri Lanka CERT|CC - Mr. Roshan Chandragupta to share their thoughts and ideas with the participants of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Unviersity.
Addressing on the Challenges posed by NonState Actors: Future of Nation-State Dominance in Cyber Security, Dr. Harinda Vidanage traced the history of the Cyber domain and briefly outlined the security threats faced by various actors. He also spoke about the Cybersecurity Strategies, world powers have now come to adopt.
Mr. Jayantha Fernando spoke on the topic Legal Framework to address Cybercrime and related challenges. He cited many Sri Lankan examples whilst detailing the legal mechanisms that are in place to overcome such instances recurring. He further explained the international conventions such as the Budapest Convention, to which Sri Lanka is a signatory.
The third panellist of the discussion spoke on the title Navigating through Protected Mode: Special Reference to Social Media and Networking. Whilst providing examples of breaches to personal security through the cyber domain, Mr. Sanjee Balasooriya highlighted the importance of creating cybersecurity personnel from within the forces for defence and military purposes.Speaking on the subject matter of Information Security, Mr. Roshan Chandraguptha highlighted the importance of being mindful of the information one is sharing on social media networks, websites and even via electronic devices. He also discussed the differences between Information Security and Information Technology (IT) Security.
The panel discussion was followed by a lively discussion with many timely and relevant questions being raised by both the undergraduates and academia alike. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration) - Major General Ruwan Kulatunga, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Professor Jayantha Ariyaratne, Director, Centre for IT Support & Development Services Brigadier Sanath Wickramasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies Brigadier Adeepa Thilakaratne, Dean, Faculty of Defence & Strategic Studies Colonel Chandana Wickramasinghe, Professor Amal Jayawardane and other academics too participated in the discussion.