Electronic National Identity Cards (eNICs) serve as digital counterparts to traditional IDs, offering convenience and verification on mobile devices. They simplify processes like bank account openings and license renewals, but their integration into centralized systems raises Cybersecurity concerns. Protecting citizen data from evolving cyber threats through legislation is vital for financial institutions and digital services. In the Cybersecurity landscape, discussions should be initiated at the board level to deter cybercriminal interest. While total prevention is challenging, being a less appealing target is key. Caution is urged with messaging app links and online quizzes to prevent data theft. Responsible online behavior is fundamental in securing your digital presence.

In this comprehensive dialogue, a diverse array of subjects takes center stage, delving into the intricate relationship between technology and the global economy. Topics range from the critical importance of security updates for Android devices to the intricate supply chain challenges faced by tech giants like Google and Facebook. Furthermore, the conversation explores trade disputes and the overarching influence of artificial intelligence companies on the world stage. This multifaceted discussion sheds light on the complexities of today's interconnected technological and economic landscape.

In This Interview Mr Asela Waidyalankara Discussed:

In today's digital age, personal data holds immense value, becoming a commodity traded on the dark web by cybercriminals who offer cyberattacks as a service. Even seemingly trivial details like credit card information or social media profiles are highly sought after. As our lives increasingly move online, especially during events like elections, data security and the proliferation of misinformation on platforms like Facebook become critical concerns. These platforms possess vast amounts of personal data, enabling them to manipulate our preferences and biases, influencing our decision-making and the spread of false information. In the context of impending elections and the imperative for data protection, addressing the challenges posed by social media and misinformation is essential. Legislation such as the Cybersecurity Act and Data Protection Act is pivotal in countering evolving cyber threats and preserving data privacy. However, with a current legal void, the Election Commission should establish an online political campaign code of conduct. Additionally, government focus on technical infrastructure, resource allocation, and training is required to effectively combat cyber threats. The creation of new agencies, as proposed in Cybersecurity and data privacy bills, is crucial for proactive data protection and enforcement. To safeguard your data and privacy, practice cyber hygiene by regularly changing passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and exercising caution when adding unknown individuals on social media. Stay vigilant for scams, such as fake bank communications, and verify with the institution directly. Safely store sensitive data through various backups, including portable drives, cloud storage, and offline copies, to protect your online identity. In case of data breaches, contact local authorities and the CID Cyber Crimes Unit while notifying CERT for social media-related issues. Always remember the value of your data and treat it with care.

In this Interview Mr. Asela Waidyalankara Discussed many topics in Cybersecurity and the challenges that are caused by Cyber Attacks.

Mr. Asela Waidyalankara discussed "Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Digital Age", an issue of great contemporary importance.

Streamed from "The Role of Community and Youth in Prevention of Violent Extremism", The International Structured Learning Conference organized under Project PVE by Helvetas Sri Lanka, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, Helvetas Bangladesh and Rupantar Bangladesh

The escalating threat of cyberattacks, particularly on critical infrastructure, demands global and regional collaboration. The pandemic-induced shift to digital work has heightened Cybersecurity complexities. Varying Cybersecurity preparedness among nations underscores the necessity for international incident-handling standards. Recent events, such as the Colonial Pipeline breach, underscore the urgency of unified responses to cyber threats. Collaborative efforts, especially in regional contexts, are crucial for protecting critical infrastructure. Insider threats have gained prominence, necessitating a focus on detecting unusual user behavior and strengthening security policies. Supply chain security is imperative, and bridging knowledge gaps in sectors like finance is vital. The evolving cyber threat landscape, posed by both state and non-state actors, requires constant vigilance. These threats extend beyond governments to affect the private sector and critical infrastructure. Advanced technologies like autonomous drones raise questions about international norms in cyberspace, akin to the Geneva Convention. A global effort is needed to establish rules protecting civilian infrastructure, preserving election integrity, and ensuring cyberspace trust and security, similar to the Digital Geneva Convention and initiatives like the Paris Call. To confront these evolving threats, a digital Geneva Convention is essential, promoting global cooperation and standards. Organizations must adopt a risk-based approach and robust Cybersecurity measures, including password changes and a never-trust-always-verify principle. Emphasizing Cybersecurity education and diversity in the field is crucial. Cyber threats will persist, potentially influencing decisions and control, making it vital to stay vigilant, implement zero-trust principles, and adapt continuously to the changing landscape.

A Youtube live video about implementing end-to-end encryption and Awareness of profile breaches and their impact on organizations.Mr. Asela Waidyalankara is one of the speakers at this event.

Mr. Asela Waidyalankara Answers the Following Questions;

As digital technology and artificial intelligence rapidly advance, education is transforming. Customized AI-driven education is emerging as a revolutionary approach, tailoring learning experiences to individual styles and abilities, and breaking down traditional educational barriers. However, this shift towards digital education also raises concerns about AI's role in decision-making within democratic processes and the imperative need for safeguards against potential misuse. Governments and the private sector are both key players in AI development, with governments using AI for transparent citizen engagement. Handling information ethically remains a significant challenge, demanding collective action to navigate the profound impact of AI. Despite limited influence as a small player, a shared sense of humanity is crucial in addressing these complexities. Vigilance, proactive solutions, and collaboration among stakeholders is essential for effectively managing Cybersecurity challenges in this evolving landscape.

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