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Quiz to mark Cyber Security Week

The first event of the Cyber Security Week program, the Cyber Security Quiz for undergraduates was held at the BMICH with 21 teams in the final round. Each team consisted of three members, and there were eight rounds of competitions.

This year's participation was the largest ever. The teams were from: University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), Moratuwa University, Peradeniya University, Sabaragamuwa University, Uva Wellessa University, SLIIT, ICBT and Sri Jayewardenepura University.

Large institutions such as the UCSC, the Moratuwa University and SLIIT presented multiple teams.


Undergraduates participating in the Cyber Security Quiz at the BMICH. Founded in 2006, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team - Coordinating Centre (Sri Lanka CERT-CC), a subsidiary of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, is mandated with the protection of Information and Information Systems in Sri Lanka. Its services range from responding to and investigating information security breaches, to preventing security breaches by way of awareness creation, security assessments and security capability building.

Sri Lanka CERT-CC has conducted Cyber Security Week (CSW) over the past six years to raise awareness about information security among various groups from professionals to schoolchildren.

Today, more people are aware of the subject and whatthey should be doing to protect themselves on the internet. However,security threats are constantly changing in nature and complexity and countermeasures are necessary if we are to prevail.

This year's program, CSW-2014 will be held this week. It will consist of technical workshops, a hacking challenge, an information security quiz for university students and the seventh Annual National Conference on Cyber Security. There will also be an electronic

and print media campaign to educate the masses on information security and other side-events for law enforcement personnel and the legal profession.

Every year Sri Lanka CERT-CC aspires to integrate international experiences in combating security threats and implementing security to the CSW Program, especially at the conference and technical workshops. Since information security is borderless, it is imperative that we share our experiences and learn from experiences in other parts of the world.

"To this end, we rely on the goodwill and generosity of our international information security peers. We look forward to their contribution through valuable resources to help make the program an engaging and enlightening experience for all involved," a spokesman for Cert-CC said.

A number of foreign experts from Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and India will play an active role at the events.

The next event on the CSW-2014 program is the Ethical Hacking Challenge. Following which the flagship event, the National Conference on Cyber Security will be held on October 1 followed by four workshops. The entire program ends on October 10.

 

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