ION Sri Lanka

ION Sri Lanka was co-located with SANOG 25, which took place from 16-24 January 2015 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The ION Conference was on Sunday, 18 January, from 10:00AM to 5:30PM (IST, or UTC+5:30). ION Sri Lanka had generous support from Afilias and the ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter.

SANOG 25 was hosted by LEARN in collaboration with Information Technology Center, University of Peradeniya with the support of University of Peradeniya.

ION Conferences bring network engineers and leading industry experts together to discuss emerging technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC, and Securing BGP, and TLS for Applications. Early adopters provide valuable insight into their own deployment experiences and bring participants up to speed on new standards emerging from the IETF.

ION lets network operators stay ahead of the curve to understand and deploy emerging Internet technologies, and presents a unique opportunity to discuss the future of the Internet with the people who help craft it. More than a simple lecture series, ION events provide hands-on interaction with our speakers so you walk away with the answers you need to deploy new standards and technologies on your own networks.

Events bring together the best and brightest from the Internet industry to learn about the latest news, ideas, and technologies in a relaxed and educational atmosphere.

Agenda and Presentations

10:00 AMOpening Remarks

Chris Grundemann (Internet Society)

10:15 AMWelcome from the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter

The President of the Internet Society’s Sri Lanka Chapter welcomes ION attendees with an introduction to the Internet Society and an overview of the Chapter’s efforts to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people in Sri Lanka. Dedicated to the growth of the Internet in Sri Lanka, the creation of content in Sinhala and Tamil and the use of Lanka and Ilangai domain names, the Chapter focuses on Internet connectivity and accessibility for people who live in rural areas of the country. Of equal importance, the Chapter facilitates collaboration within its membership, helps local ICT professionals and companies get involved in the IETF, and advises the government on policy, Internet connectivity and broadband standards in Sri Lanka. Learn more about the Internet Society, the Sri Lanka Chapter, and how you can get involved and join today.

Prof. Gihan Dias (Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter)
10:30 AMTwo Years After World IPv6 Launch: Are We There Yet?

June 2014 marked the 2nd anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, when thousands of Internet Service Providers, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world came together to permanently enable IPv6 on their products and services. Where are we now on the path to full global IPv6 adoption? We’ll discuss the current state of IPv6 adoption, including statistics and lessons learned from and since World IPv6 Launch, and the next steps needed to move forward with IPv6 deployment.

Vivek Nigam (APNIC)

11:15 AMWhy Implement DNSSEC?

DNSSEC helps prevent attackers from subverting and modifying DNS messages and sending users to wrong (and potentially malicious) sites. So what needs to be done for DNSSEC to be deployed on a large scale? We’ll discuss the business reasons for, and financial implications of, deploying DNSSEC, from staying ahead of the technological curve, to staying ahead of your competition, to keeping your customers satisfied and secure on the Internet. We’ll also examine some of the challenges operators have faced and the opportunities to address those challenges and move deployment forward.

Jitender Kumar (Afilias)

11:45 AMDeploying DNSSEC: A .LK Case Study

This session will explore LK Domain Registry’s technical solution for deploying DNSSEC support in the .LK registry. With a goal of making it easier for domain name holders to easily add DNSSEC, we will take a quick look at our DNSSEC implementation strategy, the status/progress of .LK signed domains, and our lessons learned and challenges for increasing the percentage of signed domain names.

Sashika Suren (LK Domain Registry)

12:00 PMDANE: The Future of Transport Layer Security (TLS)

If you connect to a “secure” server using TLS/SSL (such as a web server, email server or xmpp server), how do you know you are using the correct certificate? With DNSSEC now being deployed, a new protocol has emerged called “DANE” (“DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities“), which allows you to securely specify exactly which TLS/SSL certificate an application should use to connect to your site. DANE has great potential to make the Internet much more secure by marrying the strong integrity protection of DNSSEC with the confidentiality of SSL/TLS certificates. In this session, we will explain how DANE works and how you can use it to secure your websites, email, XMPP, VoIP, and other web services.

Dan York (Internet Society)

2:00 PMLock it Up: TLS for Network Operators

Transport Layer Security (TLS), the successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), can be used in many applications other than Web browsers. In order to make the Internet more secure, TLS needs to be widely deployed by all kinds of applications across the Internet. In this session, we will help network operators understand how best to support the use of TLS-encrypted applications across their networks and address how operators can best support their networks and users once everything is encrypted.

Chris Grundemann (Internet Society)

2:30 PMWhat’s Happening at the IETF? Internet Standards and How to Get Involved

What’s happening at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)? What RFCs and Internet-Drafts are in progress related to IPv6, DNSSEC, Routing Security/Resiliency, and other key topics? We’ll give an overview of the ongoing discussions in several working groups and discuss the outcomes of recent Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions, and provide a preview of what to expect in future discussions.

Dan York (Internet Society) and Thilini Rajakaruna (former IETF Fellow)

Dan York’s Slides
3:00 PMOperators & the IETF

The Internet Society is seeking to foster a larger and more engaged network operator community around the IETF and protocol development work. We conducted a widespread survey of network operators from January to July 2014 and are now analyzing and synthesizing the results. In this session, we’ll discuss the initial survey results and our next steps to create a report and IETF Internet-Draft that outlines the challenges to greater operator engagement in the IETF and a summary of potential solutions.

Chris Grundemann (Internet Society)

3:30 PMBest Current Operational Practices – An Update

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standardizes the protocols and services that vendors implement and network operators are supposed to deploy and use. We believe there is an opportunity to better identify, capture, and promote best current operational practices emerging from various regional network operators’ groups. We believe sharing these documents across the globe would benefit the wider Internet community and help more operators deploy new technologies like IPv6 and DNSSEC faster and easier. Deploy360’s Jan Zorz will give an update on this progress, discuss the status of BCOP efforts across the world, and give an overview of some of the documents in the process so far.

Jan Žorž (Internet Society)

3:45 PMIPv6 Success Stories– Network Operators Tell All!

In this session, we invite network operators to share their IPv6 success stories and lessons learned along the way that can help other managers of networks deploy IPv6. How did they do it? What technical, organizational, and political challenges did they face? Attendees will gain vital insight as network operators lay out the stages for IPv6 implementation—creating the business case for management buy-in, initiating a planning process, flipping the switch, and, finally, gathering measurements and proving success.

Asela Galappattige (Sri Lanka Telecom); Senevi Herath (LEARN); Patrick Okui (Network Startup Resource Center); Matsuzaki Yoshinobu (IIJ)

Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3 | Presentation 4
4:45 PMClosing Remarks

Chris Grundemann (Internet Society)

Watch videos of Morning and Afternoon Sessions.

Photo archive is available here.


Prof. Gihan V. Dias, President, ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter

Prof. Dias graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and was awarded a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the UC Davis in 1992.

In addition to being a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka he serves as the Domain Registrar of the LK Domain Registry and as a member of the Asia-Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD) board. He is also a Trustee of the Internet Society and President of its Sri Lanka Chapter.

He has been active in several areas of computing, including computer networking, language technologies, security, distributed event processing, Internet identity and personal cloud.

He has assisted many public and private organisations to build, secure, and make best use of their computer systems. He was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013.

Asela Galappattige, Deputy General Manager – IP & ISP Projects, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

Asela is a chartered engineer with 16 years of experience in ISP, Data Center, IP networks, and Telecommunication sectors. Asela is an enthusiast in technology who pioneered the IPv6 implementations in SLT ISP and leads the IPv6 Task Force of SLT. He contributes to the Internet community as a member of ISoC, a technical expert and a trainer in internet related technologies and strategies.

Asela is currently responsible in Project Management (PM) & Implementation of IP, ISP & IDC projects for Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT).

He started his employment as an IT engineer and joined SLT as a Planning Engineer for telecommunication networks. Prior to the current role as a project manager he was managing the ISP network of SLT in the capacity of DGM/ISP Network Operations.

He also serves as a technical expert for SLT in areas such as ISP, IDC and IP networks and contributes as a member of corporate governance boards.

Chris Grundemann, Director, Deployment & Operationalization, Internet Society

Chris Grundemann (JNCIE #449) is the Director of Deployment and Operationalization at the Internet Society where he focuses on developing and delivering programs to foster the uptake and use of key Internet technologies. Chris is the author of Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration, as well as several IETF Internet Drafts and various industry papers. He is the founding Chair of CO ISOC, the Colorado chapter of the Internet Society, a board member for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), an elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), an appointed member of the NANOG Program Committee (PC), Chair of the DLNA TC IPv6 Task Force, Co-Chair of the UPnP IPv6 Task Force, and a member of the CEA Pv6 Transition Working Group.

Chris also maintains a personal weblog aimed primarily towards Internet related posts typically focusing on network operation and design, tech-policy and the future of the Internet.

Senevi Herath, Network/Systems Engineer, Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN)

Senevi is taking care of technical matters of National Research and Education Network of Sri Lanka know as LEARN (Lanka Education and Research Network). He is also a key trainer of the LEARN’s training programs. He had taken various roles in network engineering and system administration prior to joining LEARN as the network/systems engineer and now has 13 years of experience in rapidly growing academic network and its services after completion of his degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He has completed his Masters in Computer Science while he was working as network engineer at university of Peradeniya and has undergone several trainings overseas on varies leading network technologies.

Jitender Kumar, Technical Account Manager, Afilias Limited

Jitender Kumar is the Technical Account Manager in the New Delhi (India) offices of Afilias, the world’s leading provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Kumar focuses on the day-to-day delivery of domain registry services and acts as the liaison between Afilias and its customers.

Kumar holds post-graduate diplomas in Software Engineering from NIIT University and in Business Management from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Yoshinobu Matsuzaki, Senior Engineer, Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

Yoshinobu Matsuzaki is a Senior Engineer at Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ/AS2497), a pioneering commercial ISP in Japan. He has a decade of network operation experience with the IIJ backbone network team.

His areas of expertise include network design, network operation, network security, and DNS. He has given numerous talks at JANOG, NANOG, RIPE, and APNIC meetings, as well as other workshops.

Vivek Nigam, Member Services Manager, APNIC

Vivek is APNIC’s Member Services Manager. He joined APNIC in February 2008 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a diploma of Internet Programming. Vivek has previously worked in Desktop Support and IT Helpdesk roles at the University of Queensland, as well as for various ISPs. He has extensive experience supporting members.

Patrick Okui, Network Engineer and Trainer, Network Startup Resource Center

Patrick Okui is a Network Engineer and Trainer for the Network Startup Resource Center. When he’s not doing work at the NSRC he spends his time doing development, network design and roll out at Cristal Inc, a small startup in Uganda. Up until 2011 (from 2001) he worked at different mostly Internet related companies including some ISPs and the Ugandan Christian University. In addition Patrick has been consulting for numerous other service providers in Africa to help them design and build properly constructed IP networks.

Since 2003 Patrick has been participating in the AfNOG workshop as an instructor but also as part of the NOC team that gets the network setup and keeps it running during the event. He also has participated in workshops organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) for setting up IXPs or localising different parts of the AfNOG workshop programme.

At NSRC, Patrick helps with workshop planning, training, material development as well as direct engineering and assistance as and when requests come in to the NSRC. This includes the active NOC role played before and during the AfNOG/AfriNIC workshops and conferences. In addition, Patrick works with the NSRC in the Asia/Pacific region at events such as SANOG, APRICOT and other network trainings and activities to help improve Internet access across the area.

Thilini Rajakaruna, Head of Electronics and Telecommunications Section, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM)

Thilini is an academic and a researcher interested in multimedia communication, video compression and optimization for real-time applications. She was an IP Networks Engineer at Sri Lanka Telecom and later received the ORSAS award by the Higher Education Council of England to pursue her doctoral studies at University of Surrey, UK. She received her Ph.D. in 2011.

Presently, Thilini is attached to South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), where she is the Head of Electronics and Telecommunications section. She has been at SAITM for over three years, working in collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Thilini was an internet society fellow to IETF in 2014.

Sashika Suren, Senior Systems Engineer, LK Domain Registry

Sashika Suren serves the LK Domain Registry as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has worked with open source technologies for more than five years, and has two years of hands-on experience in DNS/DNSSEC.

In addition, Mr. Suren is a RedHat certified engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Colombo’s School of Computing, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Security.

Dan York, Senior Content Strategist, Internet Society

Dan York is a passionate advocate for the open Internet focused on helping people understand the changes going on all around us within communication technology and practices. Dan serves the Internet Society as the Senior Content Strategist for the “Deployment & Operationalization” project helping create, curate, and promote online content that helps service providers, companies, and individuals more quickly deploy Internet technologies such as IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Separately, Dan is also the Chairman of the global Voice Over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA). An author of multiple books on networking, security, IPv6 and Linux, Dan is a dynamic and engaging speaker who frequently presents at industry conferences and events and has been blogging and writing online for over 11 years. Previously Dan worked for Voxeo Corporation heading up the company’s communication through both traditional and new/social media. Prior to that, Dan served in the Office of the CTO for both Voxeo and before that Mitel focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies and addressing VoIP security issues.

Since the mid-1980’s Dan has been working with online communication technologies and helping businesses and organizations understand how to use and participate in those new media. His most recent books are “Migrating Applications to IPv6″ and “The Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks.” More information about Dan can be found at

Jan Žorž, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, Internet Society

Jan is the Internet Society’s Operational Engagement Programme Manager. He works on operational initiatives to ease the deployment of IPv6 and other technologies. He is also working to help the industry document best current operational practices and to improve operator feedback to the IETF.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organization from the beginning. For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specializing in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the success of Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. Jan is also primary co-author of a very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, titled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 features in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo, Sander Steffann and Jan Žorž.

Date and Time

Sunday 18 January 2015


Amaya Hills Hotel

Heerassagala, Kandy
Sri Lanka