Pinaka Technology Solutions offers corporate entities and public institutions consultancy on strategic ICT matters which includes assistance in the development of an appropriate Information Security governance programme and a host of other offerings. It is led by founder and managing director Shiva Bissessar who over 20 years of ICT experience and B.Sc. Computing & Information Systems (Hons.) (UoL), MBA (UWI) & M.Sc. Information Security (University College London, UK) qualifications.
Mr. Bissessar’s past professional experience includes 13 years at a major local telecommunications service provider which gave him a solid technical foundation in Information Security. His work there culminated with 5 years of experience at the Senior Professional level where he was responsible for technical and commercial aspects of the delivery of various services. These services included development of; organizational unit responsible for Information Security, digital television (IPTV) and digital broadcast (DVBT) commercial services and quality assurance on public WiFi rollout. Having left this job in 2012 to pursue further international studies, he ultimately completed his M.Sc. thesis research, into transaction analysis of the digital currency Bitcoin, and returned in 2013 to offer his expertise to the local and regional ICT landscape.
Since the start of operations in late 2013 Mr. Bissessar has developed a reputation as an emerging regional ICT expert, having delivered presentations on topics of cyber security and digital currency at various local regional and international fora including:
- The South School of Internet Governance (SSIG), 2014
- The South School of Internet Governance (SSIG), 2015
- 10th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), 2014
- Internet Society, INET conference, 2014
- IEEE (Trinidad Chapter) Cyber Security in TT workshop, 2015
- Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Singapore, 2015
- Jamaica’s 3rd National Cybersecurity Conference, 2016
- International Telecommunications Union; “Exploring Innovation in Transactions & Financing in the Caribbean”, 2016
- Jamaican Bar Association; Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2016
- Jamaica’s 4th National Cybersecurity Conference, 2016
- CTU ICT Week, Antigua & Barbuda: The need for Developing a Cyber Security Ecosystem for Professionals, 2017
- International Telecommunications Union; “Digital Financial Services”, 2017
- International Telecommunications Union; “Internet of Things”, 2017
Cybersecurity & Digital Financial Services (DFS)
An attentive and articulate commentator on matters of local and regional ICT policy, regulation and legislation issues; Mr. Bissessar has also written several articles on cyber security, digital currency and innovation which have been carried in local, regional and international publications including:
- 7th July 2014; TechnewsTT blog: T&T Cybercrime bill demands multi-stakeholder input
- 7th June 2015; Trinidad Guardian op-ed: Are Caribbean cybercrime bills based on flawed model law
- Pinaka’s blog
- ICT Pulse
- Caribbean News Now
He has also been interviewed on matters of Caribbean cyber crime and cybersecurity including:
- May 2015; TV 6 In Conclusion: Interview on the proposed cybercrime bill
- May 2017; Trinidad Guardian: Interview on Wannacry ransomware impact locally
Pinaka Technology Solutions also offers corporate entities Executive Education on various topics and continues to make strides in 2017 with the introduction of strategic partnerships to offer software quality assurance and network security products. Get in contact for further details.
- Consultant to study (2014-2015) and author of report; UN Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) “Opportunities and risks associated with the advent of digital currency in the Caribbean” (Jan 2016)
- Consultant to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in design and execution of 3 day workshop “Exploring Innovation in Transactions & Financing in the Caribbean, 1st to 3rd June 2016“
- Consultant in developing the ITU 2 day workshop “Digital Financial Services (DFS) Workshop” (Apr 2017)
- Provided consultancy to a Caribbean based Fintech startup developing digital currency and mobile money based products. Activities included research and documentation in exploring regulatory accepted vehicles for MNOs to operate in the financial services space and the provision of guidance and advisory in meeting with financial authorities.
- Provided consultancy to a Caribbean Mobile Network Operator (MNO) entering the DFS area. Activities centered around development of strategy, launch of commercial product, expanding the capabilities of the product and looking beyond the existing product.
- Participated in regional and international fora focusing on digital currency, mobile money, electronic payments and DFS.
- University of West Indies adjunct lecturer at Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business where he developed the course Information System Security Ethics and Law within the programme, Master, Information Systems & Technology Management. Summer 2017 will be his 3rd MISTM cohort.
- UN Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) consultant conducting study and producing report on “Opportunities and risks associated with the advent of digital currency in the Caribbean”
- International Telecommunications Union (ITU) consultant for design & delivery of presentations for Youth ICT workshop, Antigua & Barbuda
- Presentation at Sim Kee Boon Institute of Financial Economics, Singapore Management University on Topic of Digital currency in Caribbean
- Presentation at South School of Internet Governance 2015 ,Costa Rica on topic of digital currency in Caribbean