Colombo 2018

5 Day Boot Camp 
Cybersecurity | Leadership | Empowerment

For Whom

CXOs, entrepreneurs, IT Specialists, Information Security and business professionals


Day 1 (Monday) - Importance Of Security & Risk Management

Day 2 (Tuesday) - Applying Security To Business

Day 3 (Wednesday) - Leadership & Personal Development

Day 4 (Thursday) - Hacking & Security Operations

Day 5 (Friday) – Evaluation & Awards, Business Forum & Cocktails

Benefits for the participants

  • Certification, digital badge and CPD points for participants.

  • Expand competency levels and essential knowledge base in cybersecurity and leadership skills.

  • Learn from the industry experts to broaden knowledge of security and best practices.

  • Access to full 5-day boot camp (speed mentoring, panel discussions, Information Security & leadership sessions, Networking).

  • Alumni membership with SHe CISO Exec.

  • Discounted further training rates from partners.

  • Participants will qualify to sit for the ISO27001 exams or pursue further cybersecurity training.

  • Being able to understand the fundamentals of doing business securely.

  • Improve marketability in a competitive workforce.

  • Show dedication to conducting business securely.

  • Empower and educate IT and Security Teams within business.

  • Safeguard businesses at any scale with up-to-date vital global standards.

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Maria has been an IBMer for more than 30 years and has held a variety of roles across the organization, with experience in IBM Storage Systems, IBM Power and IBM Z. She has held positions in technical sales, strategic outsourcing and development and has been an active
certified technical consultant before moving into management and strategy.

Maria spends time working with IBMs clients, business partners and business entities, engaging in how technology can drive value for business. She travels extensively across the globe to understand the different challenges that face clients and partners in this accelerated world of technology adoption, and drives collaborative engagement across the whole of the company to ensure that IBM Systems Lab Services remains essential to those we work with.

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5 Day Boot Camp 
Cybersecurity | Leadership | Empowerment


Day 1 (Monday) - Importance Of Security & Risk Management

  • Introduction to Information Security and Risk Management

  • Cyber Threats and Attacks

  • Social Engineering

  • Personal Data Protection and Regulations

  • How to be Digitally Safe

  • Information Security Policies, Governance and Leadership

  • Information Security Frameworks and Best Practice

Day 2 (Tuesday) - Applying Security To Business

  • Cryptography and Encryption

  • Networking & Network Security

  • Security in Human Resources

  • Asset Management

  • Access Control

  • Physical and Environmental Security

  • System Acquisition, Development and Maintenance

  • Laws and Ethics

  • Information Security Career Paths

Day 3 (Wednesday) - Leadership & Personal Development

  • Personal Branding & Positive Attitude

  • Assertiveness & Communication Skills

  • Building Confidence

  • Personal Development Action Plan

  • Exploring Leadership Qualities, Servant Leadership and Managing Teams

  • Identify your Leadership Style

  • Seeking a Mentor

  • How to Network

  • Communication Between Tech to Business

  • Emotional Intelligence


Day 4 (Thursday) - Hacking & Security Operations

  • Security Operations

  • Incident Management

  • Business continuity and Disaster recovery management

  • Ethical hacking

  • Code of Conduct & Business Etiquette and Communication

Day 5 (Friday) – Evaluation & Awards, Business Forum & Cocktails

  • Wrap up sessions:

    • Leadership

    • Information Security

  • Exam & Evaluation

  • CV Writing and Interview Skills

  • End Of Course

  • Awards Ceremony

  • Two Plenary Sessions with Industry leaders

  • Cocktails and networking


Chani Simms BSc(Hons), MBCS, CHFI, CIS LA, CIS LI

Founder of SHe CISO Exec.

Infrastructure, Security & GDPR Consultant 
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka

A passionate entrepreneur and Information Systems Security Professional with over 15 years of experience in implementing and securing IT infrastructure solutions. C-level advisor and specialist in helping organisations to implement and manage information security management programs and frameworks.

"I believe it is easy to make the right decisions when you live your values, mine are Trust, Integrity and Commitment. These are the standards that enable us to conduct business ethically."


Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Consultant

CEO & Co-Founder of Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka

Certified Information security & IT Infrastructure consultant with over 23 years IT experience within a variety of technical and management roles. Helping businesses to assess and implement resilient Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) that align with ISO27001 & GDPR requirements.

Helps business with scoping complex business requirements, design and implement secure infrastructure solutions that facilitate secure and improved transactions to maximise profitability, while proactively managing business risks and maintaining compliance.

Maria McDade 
World Wide Business Unit Executive for IBM Storage and Software 
Defined Infrastructure for IBM Systems Lab Services.

Maria has been an IBMer for more than 30 years and has held a variety of roles across the organization, with experience in IBM Storage Systems, IBM Power and IBM Z. She has held positions in technical sales, strategic outsourcing and development and has been an active
certified technical consultant before moving into management and strategy.

Maria spends time working with IBMs clients, business partners and business entities, engaging in how technology can drive value for business. She travels extensively across the globe to understand the different challenges that face clients and partners in this accelerated world of technology adoption, and drives collaborative engagement across the whole of the company to ensure that IBM Systems Lab Services remains essential to those we work with.

Senela Jayasuriya
CEO Women Empowerment I Global speaker & Advisory Council - WEF I 
Advisory Council - WWLC I Leadership trainer & Coach I Ambassador

Awarded global speaker, business leader & leadership development coach. A high-performance motivational trainer specialised in growth acceleration and conscious goal setting. Senela is the Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global, which has won numerous awards internationally and has presence in USA, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Slovenia, Singapore, Philippines, China, India and Sri Lanka.

Diana Moldovan CISSP, GCIH, GCIA, GSEC and PRINCE2 Certified

UKI & Cyber Operations Lead at Aviva

Expert in incident response and security operations with 7 years of experience in the industry. As the UKI Cyber Operations Lead for Aviva, she leads two teams: Vulnerability Management and Incident Response/Threat Hunting. Previously Diana worked for Deloitte, UK where she was a manager in the Cyber Incident Response team. During her 1.5 years at Deloitte, Diana collaborated with several blue chip clients working on multiple areas of security including incident response, memory forensic analysis, threat intelligence, vulnerability management and attack detection. Before that, Diana worked for Betfair.

During the 5 years, she was incident responder and part of the Threat and Vulnerability Management team, being responsible for monitoring, detection, analysis and response to threats. She was a key contributor in building the vulnerability management programme for Betfair.

Jacqueline A. Hinds MA (HRD) CEIC MCIPD

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Coach

Jacqueline is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and Leadership Consultant and founder of Wilson Hinds Consulting, Founder and Chair of the Society of Emotional Intelligence UK and Board Chair & International Liaison for the Society of Emotional Intelligence USA
An International Keynote Speaker and a published author. Has spoken in many events sharing her knowledge of Emotional Intelligence and its role in Transformation and Organisational Change initiatives, within the Corporate arena as well as Health and Social Care. Passionate about empowering and motivating others, enabling them to be the best that they can be Over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resource Development Specialist (HRD), designing and delivering a range of bespoke developmental and coaching initiatives incorporating emotional and intercultural intelligence as a foundation stone in all learning initiatives delivered.

Saurabh Gupta

Senior Manager - Infrastructure Delivery Lead at KPMG UK

I am a self driven and motivated technology leader with over 10 years experience in Infrastructure delivery. I help my clients in delivering their technology solutions while also ensuring these are stable, scalable, consistent and cost effective. My motto is to deliver the technology secure by design, as I strongly believe security is everyone’s responsibility.

My daily objective is to make sure our business  is kept protected from cybersecurity threats and keeping our infrastructure resilient, so we proactively address any vulnerabilities discovered. Thereby reducing potential loss of revenue and damage to their brand value. I strongly believe that women in technology and information security add a different dimension, creativity and perspective to the capability of teams and I am committed to promoting that capability in every platform possible.

Dr. Buddhima Subasinghe, PhD Cyber Security, Computer Science

Head of the Department of Computer Science at
National Institute of Business Management( NIBM)

Dr. Buddhima Hansinie Subasinghe is an academic, researcher, a journalist and a scholar. The youngest PhD holder of Sri Lanka who graduated at 25 yrs of age from the University of Peradeniya in the field of Cyber Security, Computer Science. She holds 8 years of experience in media as a presenter of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation.

Currently she is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at National Institute of Business Management ( NIBM) who is also a visiting Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.  She is the Toastmasters International (USA) Leadership and Training Institute Chair, District 82, Sri Lanka (2017-2018) She was also awarded the emerging ICT Leader of the Year National Excellence Award at Infotel 2017.

She was also internationally recognized at Top 50 Women Awards 2018 for her Leadership Excellence in Information Technology. She is a keynote speaker at many National and International forums who empowers youth and women in the fields of leadership, communication and engineering.

Chanaka Seekkuge, LL.M 
(IT & IP), MS (IT) (UK), CISSP, CNSSI4013, NSTISSI4011

A Double Postgraduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University with Qualified for Master in Laws (LL.M) International Business with Specialized in Information Technology and Intellectual Property; and Master of Science (MS) with Specialized in IT Management.


Recognized by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium – (ISC)2 as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); and by U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) as National Information Assurance System Administrator and Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional.


Over decade of experience in diverse capacities from Security Engineering, Security Operations to Management and experience extents across in vast verity of sectors including Airlines & Aviation, Education, Financial, ITO and Diplomatic Missions with Information Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance. As a Consultant has worked in multiple verticals including the government, corporate and non-profit organization from a wider range of industry sub sectors. Experience gained during this diverse roles has given the capability to work with both management and technical & operational staff to deliver relevant and timely solutions to meet systems, network and information security requirements.


Worked in the capacity of an IT Security Manager for the National Carrier as a Secondment from PwC, the first IT Security Manager for Airline/Aviation industry in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Nirmal De Silva  
Co-Founder /CEO of Paramount Realty, Founder of TYNA Consulting 

Dr Nirmal De Silva is a business professional with close to two decades of Senior Management experience in Asia Pacific Region where he has provided leadership to a number of Multi National and Fortune 500 companies. Over the last few years his focus has been on the Real Estate Industry and Start-ups.


Dr. De Silva recently started his new venture Paramount Realty and is serving as the Co-Founder /CEO of the company. He is also the Founder of TYNA Consulting which is a Boutique Consultancy focused on Strategy, Leadership Management & Transformational Interventions particularly for SME’s and Social Enterprises. In addition Dr. De Silva serves on the board of a number of companies in diverse industries such as agriculture, food & beverage, technology, handicrafts, education and consumer goods. Not only is he a well-respected thought leader, he is also a much sought after Start up Mentor, Impact Investor & Public Speaker. He is also an important influencer in shaping up the start -up and social enterprise eco-system in the country. Dr. De Silva is a pioneer member of the revolutionary ‘Ath Pavura’ (the world’s first ever reality TV program) which supports social enterprises through impact investments. The program is now rated as the number one business program in the country by Lanka Market Research Bureau.

Dr. De Silva had the honour of winning the Sri Lanka Prize at the CIM (UK) exam 1999 and also was inducted to the prestigious ‘Golden Key International Honour Society’ for his Outstanding Scholastic Achievement during Undergraduate Studies in Australia. In 2015, Dr. De Silva was recognized by the Government of Australia and was honoured with the Australian Alumni Excellence Award for Business Leadership. He also serves at the Chairman of the Independent Panel of Judges of the Prestigious Property Guru Asia Property Awards which is the region’s largest awards platform that recognizes world class real estate. Dr. De Silva is regularly featured in the local media in Sri Lanka on various topics and as a public speaker he has addressed forums across the region. Dr. De Silva is also a supervisor at Doctoral Level programs at some of the reputed international universities.

Kushan Ratnapala 
Country Manager at 99X

A technology and cyber security advocate promoting effective and ethical use of Information Technology for a progressive society, Kushan counts over 14 years of experience in the IT Sector serving in both management and technical roles. Achiever of CMI Charted Manager title, Kushan holds Master’s Degrees in Business Administration as well as Cyber Security. He was also awarded the Best Manager - Services Sector (Large) at CMI Management Excellence Awards 2017.


His professional certifications include; Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner, Six Sigma Green Belt, ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor, ISO 31000:2009 (Risk Management) Practitioner and DevOps (Foundation).


Kushan who is currently following his Doctoral studies in Business Administration at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, is also passionate about positively influencing society by helping youth in education, to enable them reach their full potential.

Mr. Thilak Dharmananda
Managing Director of ES2 Solutions

Thilak is currently working as the Managing Director of ES 2 Solutions in technology risk management services, the chief information officer & chief information security officer of Transact Lanka (Pvt) Limited, IT consultant of SAS Holding. His areas of expertise information security, ISO 27001 certification, PCI compliances & Electrical systems testing & inspections. He was first Chief Information Security officer of Doha Bank, Qatar and become the first & only bank in Middle East with ISO 27001 certification during his service of the bank. Further he has the honor of implementing first ISO 27001 certification for plantation company in Sri Lanka and become the first PCI-PIN security consultant for Sri Lanka. Other than being a information security professional, Thilak is also trained for Microsoft Windows systems engineering, Oracle Data base administration, AS 400 System administrations & project management. Further he is the first Sri Lanka to have CBCI certification and a member since 2010.

He was lecture for Bachelor of Information Technology degree & Linux system administration. He was awarded as best lecture for computer network subject & awarded as one of the best CISO in Sri Lanka. He has trained many information security & business continuity management professionals in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Middle East. Also he has contributed to formulate business
continuity framework for Doha Bank, Regional Development Bank & Good hope Asia holding in line with ISO 22301. He is a member of the BCI organization since 2010, Member of ISC2 since 2007, Member of ISACA since 2010 -2015, Executive member of private sector engineer’s society.

His current research and development interests are in the areas of mobile payments system and data security in industrial controls systems. He is a renowned public speaker on information security events including Cards Middle East, Cyber Security Week of CSW Sri Lanka, INTROP and a keynote speaker of many international information security events. He has obtained his BSc degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from University of Peradeniya and have a number of certificates in Information Security and other domains. He is a member of Business continuity
institute UK , ISACA and ISC2.

Champika Wijayatunga
Regional Security, Stability and Resiliency Manager - Asia Pacific, ICANN

Champika is the Regional Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) Engagement Manager (APAC) at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global body that coordinates Internet's unique identifiers across the world. He is part of ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Team and represents ICANN in Security, Technical, Law Enforcement and Capacity Building forums in the APAC region.

Prior to ICANN, Champika held managerial, specialist and liaison roles at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific. Champika started his career with IBM Corporation as a technical specialist and later worked in IT industry, academia, research, and training environments. Champika has been regular speaker and a resource person at various international security forums, INTERPOL, Council of Europe etc.

Champika received a number of excellence awards during his academic and professional careers and also served in various technical community groups and committees.

Air Commodore Arosha Vithana
USP,MSc(Def Stu)in Mgt, Bsc (Hons)(MMU), psc

Air Commodore Arosha Vithana was born in January 1968. He joined the Sri Lanka Air Force as an Officer Cadet on 17th May 1988 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the Electronics Engineering Branch on 17th Jul 1990. The officer has attended different professional courses and graduated from Senior Staff College in Peoples Republic of China. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence studies (Management) from the Sir John Kothalawala Defence University. He also attended Junior Command an Staff college in Coimbature, India.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer studies from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Presently this officer is reading for the Master of Science Degree in Cyber Security at CICRA campus affiliated to the Asia E-university of Malaysia. He has held the position of Senior Information Technology Officer, Command and Chief Information Technology Officer at the Information Technology Unit Air Force Headquarters. Presently he is the Director Information Technology of the Air Force. He was instrumental in setting up the Ministry of Defence Cyber Operations Centre and the Directorate of Information Technology at Air force Headquarters.

Nazim Ali
Information Security Professional and Leader

A leading Security and IT professional with over 10 year’s experience. An experienced security professional, with subject matter expertise across the security architecture, security operations and security compliance and governance domains. Experience working on internal and client projects; delivering a secure, quality and 'client centric' service. Possessing a unique approach and comfortable working with people at all levels. Core strengths in Developing people and team to grow and achieve career objectives. Making security work for the user.

Extremely responsive to client needs/requirements. Delivering the best client service, adding value and putting client service at the heart of everything. Technical Knowledge, Subject Matter Expertise contributing to the delivery of secure solutions meeting client requirements

Dr. Harinda Vidanage
Executive Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)

Dr. Harinda Vidanage is Executive Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), prior to his assignment at the BCIS he was Assistant Professor of International Relations, St. Lawrence University, New York from 2012 – 2016.         He taught courses on International Relations, Global Governance, International Security, Technology & Warfare and global implications of Cyber politics. He specializes in the area of Cyber Politics.

Among his scholarly and academic achievements are the Senior Fulbright Award of Scholar in Residence 2011. The Prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by the British Government 2005. The Principals Scholarship awarded by University of Edinburgh 2005. Dr. Vidanage is political scientist by training and gained his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He was the Academic Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) 2009 - 2011. His professional experiences include appointments as Adviser, International Affairs to the Sri Lankan President 2006 - 2010 and the role of Consultant to the Sri Lanka Prime Minister during 2004- 2005 on International Affairs.

As an academic Dr. Vidanage serves as visiting lecturer, MPhil/PhD Program Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) University of Colombo, MA International Relations Program at University of Colombo, MSc in Security & Strategic Studies Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Dr. Vidanage contributes regularly to electronic and print media analyzing current global political developments. He is the author of the biweekly international affairs column ‘Stratsight’ on the Sri Lankan daily newspaper the, Daily Mirror.


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