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Govt. introduces new cyber-security initiatives

The Government plans to set up a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) or digital government protection unit and a Citizen and Military CERT to create a strong, secure cyber-security framework and make citizens aware of the benefits of digitisation, according to the official Government news portal news.lk.

Research and Policy Development Specialist at Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) Dr. K. Karunasena has said in an event in Colombo that a national-level survey  to assess the citizen cybersecurity readiness will be conducted. A Data Protection Act will also be introduced and amendments will be made to improve the Cyber Crimes Act in the near future.

“We will set up a Cybersecurity Call Centre and a comprehensive digital forensic lab and National Cybersecurity Operation Centre,” the website quoted Dr. Karunasena as saying.

Cybersecurity will be promoted at multiple education levels, with career guidance workshops in schools to raise awareness of new career opportunities in cybersecurity. A special initiative will aim to empower female students with cybersecurity skills. Tertiary education will also be enhanced with diplomas and degrees and e-learning modules in cybersecurity.

“In addition, we offer specialised training for law enforcement authorities and the tri-forces, and scholarships will be awarded to them to undertake post-graduate degrees and professional courses.”

The Sri Lankan government is planning to initiate the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) within the next two months to protect cyberspace and citizens from emerging cyber threats. The Act will also establish a high-level Cybersecurity Authority in Sri Lanka and, in addition, will support SLCERT.

The CSA will also act as the hub for cybersecurity information in Sri Lanka and will provide guidance to government agencies and private organisations on cybersecurity matters, reported news.lk.

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