Abhaya Induruwa honoured by Sri Lanka Telecom with a Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of the Centre for Cybercrime & Security innovation and Principal Lecturer in Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, was recently honoured by Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, the largest telecom services provider in Sri Lanka, with a lifetime achievement award.   At the SLT Zero One Awards for Digital Excellence held in Colombo on 22 June Dr Induruwa received this lifetime achievement award “in recognition of the yeomen contribution he has made to the computer education sector and data communication industry over the years by pioneering ICT education and by playing a pivotal role in the deployment of the Internet in Sri Lanka”. 

Known as the pioneering father of Internet in Sri Lanka Dr Induruwa was previously honoured by the Internet Society in 2014 by inducting him to the Internet Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society.  In 2015 Dr Induruwa received an Internet Pioneers Award from the Internet Society – Sri Lanka Chapter, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Internet in Sri Lanka.

Dr Induruwa pioneered the teaching of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and served as the founding head of this department until 1998.  In 1976 he was instrumental in establishing the Computer Society of Sri Lanka thus becoming a founding member of this society.  In recognition of his distinguished contributions to the ICT education and for his dedication to the development of computing professionalism in Sri Lanka, the Honorary Fellowship of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka was conferred on him in 2004.

Delivering the keynote address at the Sri Lanka Cybersecurity Industry Forum organised by Sri Lanka Telecom and Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT|CC), Dr Induruwa outlined the importance of a national capacity building initiative in cybercrime forensics and cybersecurity and laid down plans to establish the Sri Lanka 3CENTRE – Cybercrime & Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence in Teaching Research and Education.  The Ministry of Telecommunication & Digital Infrastructure has agreed to provide funding for the establishment of the Sri Lanka 3CENTRE and Dr Induruwa and colleagues of the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing, who have long experience in implementing similar projects in Europe and in the UK, are hoping to play a leading role in making the Sri Lankan project a success.

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Dr Induruwa receiving the life time achievement award from Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure.  The presentation party led by the Minister included (from L-R) Mr Kumarasinghe Sirisena, Group Chairman – Sri Lanka Telecom; Mr Wasantha Deshapriya, Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure; Mr Dileepa Wijesundara, Group CEO – Sri Lanka Telecom; and Mr Ajantha Seneviratne – Group Chief Marketing Officer – Sri Lanka Telecom.

Bibliography

MirrorBusiness. (2017) Sri Lanka Telecom Hosts ‘SLT Zero One Awards’ Ceremony. Available at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sri-Lanka-Telecom-Hosts-SLT-Zero-One-Awards-Ceremony–131693.html (Accessed: 11 July 2017)

The Island. (2017) Sri Lanka Telecom hosts ‘SLT Zero One Awards’ ceremony.  Available at: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=167392 (Accessed: 11 July 2017)

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