Parakum Pathirana holds a PhD from Management and Science University, Malaysia and M.Sc. in Internet Engineering from the University of East London, United Kingdom. He is also a fellow member of the British Computer Society (FMBCS). He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), an ISO 27001 LA and also possess the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK). Further, Parakum serves on the board of the Sri Lankan ISACA chapter as the immediate past President, founding member of the local ISC2 chapter, Assistant Treasurer at Computer Society of Sri Lanka, and Board Member at ICT Skills Council.
Prior to joining Lanka ORIX IT Services, Parakum was heading the Information Protection and Business Resilience practice of KPMG in Sri Lanka. During this period, he also worked for the KPMG LLP in the United Kingdom in the capacity of an Assistant Manager and was also involved in offshore assignments in Maldives and Pakistan.
In 2014, Parakum received the acclaimed Information Security Practitioner category award at (ISC)² Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLATM) awards, in Hong Kong.