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AKATI Consulting Presents at Sri Lanka’s Fourth Ethical Hacker’s Forum

The 4th Ethical Hacker's forum was held recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This event was captioned "Security through Obscurity: Is it a Myth?" Krishna Rajagopal, CEO of AKATI Consulting was invited to enlighten the gathering at this quarterly event. Ethical Hackers Forum of Sri Lanka aims to provide ample opportunity for Sri Lankan ethical hackers to meet, network and share their knowledge and experience.

Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 30, 2015 --( The panel discussion was moderated by Krishna Rajagopal. He directed the discussion with timely topics and concerns in the cyber security field while allowing the participants to get involved.

Krishna set the premise to the forum discussion by saying, “If you look at today's topic, let's take a few steps behind and let's go back to 1883. In 1883 there was a French researcher named Auguste Kerckhoffs who put down 6 principles in a journal publication. I will do a Google translation of that."

He said "the system that you create; any security system must be practically if not mathematically indecipherable. Systems should not require secrecy and should not be a problem if the system falls into an enemy's hands. It should be possible to communicate and remember a key without written notes or correspondence and will be able to change and modify at will. It must be applicable to all kinds of communication and it must be portable. If you look at a nutshell of security through obscurity where obscurity is hiding deep in; security through obscurity would be everything going beyond these six principles. For example, a system should be secure by design and not because your enemy doesn't know how your system works.”

Developing incident response capabilities, capacity building and global standards were other areas discussed during this session.

The chief guest of the event was Muhunthan Canagey, the newly appointed CEO of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) in Sri Lanka. Muhunthan spoke about the government policies on ICT, and the initiatives taken to establish a government cloud and implement Big Data.

Presentations were also delivered by Pravin Srinivasan, Head of Security Sales, Cisco India and Hans Thomasz, Senior Information Security Officer at Qatar Development Bank.
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