President inaugurates "WAVE" International Symposium
Secretary makes Key Note address
[November 28 2018]
The 'WAVE" International Symposium and ICT Exhibition
organized by the Signals Corps of the Sri Lanka Army was inaugurated by
President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH in Colombo, this morning (28
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri
Fernando made the keynote address at the international symposium held to
coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Signals Corps.
The chief guest was received by the Commander of the
Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake upon arrival at the venue.
The Symposium is held with the aim to create a well
harmonized milieu outspread for dedicated ICT professionals to
demonstrate, impart, share and discuss significant developments,
challenges and threats in perpetual advancements in the field of ICT
with a meticulous outlook on Command, Control, Communication, Computer,
Cyber and Intelligence (C5I).
Making the keynote address, Secretary Fernando said
that advancements in modern technology has made us more connected which
in turn has exposed us to unprecedented repercussions. Cyber security
plays a wide role in today's world to avoid massive crimes and in the
future to prevent 'cyber wars' which could cripple economies and lead to
loss of human lives.
He said that it is true enough, the increasing digital
connectivity, the whole value chain leads to increasing productivity and
efficiency, and at the same time the looming high levels of threats,
significantly raising the risk of cyber security. Underlining the
necessity for cyber security he implied the importance of adapting the
latest technological advancements.
Further speaking, he said that, when adventures of ICT
technologies are transforming the world, they also create a number of
new challenges to nations. Use of Cyberspace and Cyber Domain, is
extremely important for national security, over the past few years and
in the coming years. Today, all the experts in this domain agree that,
cyber threats are going to be the greatest concern, for nation states
and Armed Forces, he added.
States need to work out contingencies, as cyber
security has become more important in securing sustainability, economic
development and stability of any country, he noted.
Cyber terrorists don't distinguish, whether their
actions are against the public, military or private sector, as long as
their aims are achieved. Unlike conventional terrorists who would
destroy human lives and property, a cyber-terrorist could cause a level
of damage, that could be immeasurable, with collateral damage and other
spill over adverse effects, he cautioned.
He implied the need to keep up with new technological
advancements and innovations in order to ensure the safety of defence
Noting the fact that cyber threats, mostly, and often
target human behavior, is not fully realized he said that cyber threats
such as social engineering, spear phishing, cyber bullying are mostly
targeted, through social networks which is harmful to future generations
especially the youth.
Cyber security has become a national issue and many
countries have given top priority to this issue. In a macro picture,
most experts in this domain believe that cyberwar is inevitable. It will
be unwise if we are not prepared to any eventualities, be it a Cyber
Crime or Cyber War, he further added.
He observed that, unlike the use of nuclear weapons by
nuclear states, cyberattacks today may be carried out both within and
outside a state by a variety of actors. It is very difficult or
virtually impossible to trace the attack back to its origin.
Upon concluding his keynote address the Secretary was
presented a memento by the Colonel Commandant of the Signals Corps,
Major General Ajith Wijesinghe as a token of appreciation.
The Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh
Senanayake presented a memento to the President during the occasion.
Soon after the inaugural session of the Symposium the
President accompanied by the Secretary and Commander of the Army opened
the ICT Exhibition. A range of new technological products and services
have been put on display by state and private sector entities. The
two-day (28 & 29) exhibition is open to the public.
Secretary to the Ministry of Posts and Telecom,
Commanders of the Navy and Air Force, senior Ministry officials, IGP,
members of the diplomatic corps, senior foreign military delegates,
industry experts, intellectuals and special invitees were also present
at the occasion.