WSO2 Hosts IAM CxO Event for Banking and Financial Services Industry Leaders

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is crucial in ensuring security, regulatory compliance, and delivering exceptional customer experience in critical industries such as banking and financial services. Effective IAM solutions protect sensitive customer data, streamline operations, and help financial institutions comply with stringent regulatory requirements. Recognizing this critical need, WSO2, a leading independent software vendor specializing in open-source API management, integration, and IAM products and internal developer platform technologies, successfully hosted an IAM CxO Breakfast Roundtable today at Jetwing Colombo 7. The event brought together key industry leaders to discuss the pivotal role of IAM in the digital transformation of Sri Lanka's banking sector.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has mandated that all banks implement a robust workforce Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution by January 2025. This directive underscores the importance of securing digital identities in the evolving financial landscape. Recognizing the significant effort required to engage individually with numerous banks, WSO2 organized this exclusive roundtable to share expertise and guide organizations in implementing an effective CIAM solution. 

Event highlights and discussions

The event kicked off with a welcome and registration session, followed by insightful presentations and discussions led by industry leaders. Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder and CEO of WSO2, opened the session with an engaging talk on the pivotal role of IAM in the digital transformation of banks. Dr. Weerawarana emphasized that leading banks must look beyond compliance to proactively digitize operations.

"In today’s competitive landscape, financial institutions, particularly banks, must go beyond mere compliance to proactively digitize operations, enhancing both security and customer experience. In the era of digital transformation, it is not enough to simply meet regulatory requirements; banks must leverage IAM to innovate and streamline their services, ultimately providing a superior customer experience while safeguarding sensitive information." 

The Chief Guest, Mrs. T.M.Y.J.P Fernando, Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, delivered a keynote address that highlighted the regulatory landscape and the need for robust IAM solutions to meet upcoming compliance requirements.

Seshika Fernando, Vice President - Banking and Financial Services at WSO2, presented a comprehensive session on "Unified Identity at the Core of a Digital Banking Strategy," showcasing how a unified IAM strategy can drive customer satisfaction, employee productivity, and overall security.

Geethika Cooray, Vice President and General Manager - IAM at WSO2, concluded the presentations with an in-depth look at "The WSO2 IAM Suite and Your Digital Banking Strategy," demonstrating how WSO2's solutions can be seamlessly integrated to support digital transformation goals and ensure compliance.

Key takeaways

  • Strategic importance of IAM: The discussions underscored the necessity of placing IAM at the center of digital banking strategies to achieve a seamless, secure, and customer-friendly experience
  • Regulatory compliance: Attendees gained insights into meeting CBSL's regulatory requirements and the importance of proactive digitization
  • Networking and collaboration: The roundtable provided a platform for CxOs and tech industry leaders to network, share experiences, and explore collaborative opportunities to drive innovation in the banking sector
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