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Sri Lanka National Capacity Building Initiative in Cybercrime Forensics, Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence

Dr Abhaya Induruwa delivers the keynote address at the Cybersecurity Industry Forum in Sri Lanka


Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of the Centre for Cybercrime & Security Innovation (CCSI) recently delivered the keynote address at the Cyber Security Industry Forum organised by Sri Lanka Telecom in collaboration with the Sri Lanka CERT|CC (Computer Emergency Readiness Team| Coordination Centre).  The theme of Abhaya’s address was the importance of National Capacity Building Initiative in Cybercrime Forensics, Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence in Sri Lanka. The event held at Hotel Hilton Residencies, Colombo, Sri Lanka was attended by more than 150 CIOs, CISOs, CEOs and other security industry personnel.

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


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”. 

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What the WannaCry ransomware reminded us

This recent ransomware attack, which also hit parts of the NHS, has highlighted a number of problems the IT security industry already knew about.  WannaCry spread incredibly quickly and was only deactivated by accident, something we can be incredibly grateful for.

Let’s look at some things it reminded us.

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Having Confidence

Confidence is something you have to develop, not just in yourself but also in the tools you use.  When electricity was new there was a lack of confidence in it (let alone whether we should use AC or DC!), but decades later we rarely think about it.  Similarly, most of us will get on a bus or in a car and do not panic that the vehicle will explode.

So, how and why is confidence important in IT?

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Job hunting tips

Once more, another cluster of students will be fleeing into the job market, searching for jobs in the field of Computing and Digital Forensics. Skills they have acquired and knowledge they have gained, will once again, fall under question… here come the interviews. Shivering in their boots, thoughts raised over what questions will be asked, are they worthy enough for such job descriptions and do they know everything and enough to pull through? Continue reading

Open Source: just a development tool, or something more?

What is open-source? You may, or may not have heard of it. If you work in IT chances are that you have definitely heard of it. Most people would probably associate the term with software and software development. Going a bit further, some might associate it with certain software projects, such as the Linux[1] kernel[2] [3], the Apache Webserver[4] [5], or web browsers such as Firefox[6] [7] and Chromium[8] [9] (the open-source version of Google’s Chrome browser)[10]. These projects are all considered open-source licensed. Continue reading

What are apps for?

health-app-2A few years ago there was a joke along the lines that whenever someone stated they were about to do something, someone would say that ‘there’s an app for that.’ And to some extent that is true. There are a very large number of apps out there. It can be very easy to create an app to do something, and some are incredibly useful. On my phone I have apps for tide tables, checking pollution at my local beach, setting up intervals for sports training, measuring and mapping my sporting training sessions as well as all the others you’d expect to see. Tools like MIT App Inventor allow children and even Computing Lecturers to create apps for the Android platform fairly easily with a few simple constructs and a programming language familiar to a large number of school children in the UK. Continue reading