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AG stresses on importance of cyber security for socio-economic growth

CB1CB2Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya PC yesterday said successfully facing the growing cybersecurity challenge is key to safeguarding socioeconomic prosperity in the country.

The importance of cybersecurity, challenges towards it and some of the measures taken so far were highlighted by Jayasuriya in his address after inaugurating the 11th National Cyber Security Week 2019 organised by SL-CERT and ICTA at the Hilton Colombo yesterday.

He said the value of global cyber security incidents in 2015 was $ 590 billion and estimated to be $ 2.1 trillion, a fourfold increase.

“There are certain challenges countries and organisations will have to face when mitigating cyber threats. Some of them are lack of awareness of cyber threats among citizens, lack of readiness of stakeholders to deal with it, gaps in laws in relation to modern cybercrimes, lack of cooperation among relevant stakeholders and countries,” the Attorney General said.


In that context he commended the SL-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) for its pioneering initiative in enhancing awareness of cyber security in the country as part of its core role of being the focal point for cybersecurity in Sri Lanka.

“Knowledge sharing is critical for the society to be better equipped to achieve cleaner secure and stable internet environment. This is important for socio economic growth of Sri Lanka,” the Attorney General emphasised.

The full-day forum featured a host of international and local experts shared key insights to latest challenges and trends on cyber security.

During his address Jayasuriya also noted that Sri Lanka has made tremendous progress in meeting the challenge of cyber security. Among them were the creation of sectoral CERTs such as for the financial sector and education sector. Another was the Cyber Defence Command Centre at the Air Force. The latest was the launch of National Cyber Security Strategy, which the AG said “paves the way to coordinate multiple actions and bring together all stakeholders”.


Nevertheless, Jayasuriya stressed the need for continuously safeguarding the achievements and initiatives the country has progressed with. “If the systems are abused or attacked, they may lead to disruption of what we have achieved so far. So we need to have proper mechanisms and thereby ensure all that we enjoy is protected from cyberattacks,” said the AG, who commended the courage and determination of all stakeholders to ensure “we live in a secure cyber world”.

Focusing on his area of expertise, the AG said cyber security and provisions relating to cybercrime were interconnected. “Cyber security deals with prevention whilst provisions relating to cybercrime takes care of criminal justice aspect to the breaches of cyber security,” he said, adding that prosecutors face many challenges when endeavouring to be successful in meting out justice against cybercrime.

He said following the enactment of the Computer Crime Act in 2007, based on the Budapest Cyber Crime Convention, the ICTA and SLCERT worked very closely and tirelessly for eight years to make Sri Lankathe first country in South Asia in the Budapest Convention in 2016. Being a State party to the Budapest Convention, Sri Lanka has created legal and policy framework to meet the challenges associated with cybercrime, he added.


The AG also said since cybercrime is cross border and given the challenges, a uniform mechanism, rules of procedure and evidence are of paramount importance, which can be achieved by bringing all parties/stakeholders together under the umbrella Budapest convention.

The Convention he said provided judicial officers, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders with capacity building opportunities to deal with cybercrime investigation and prosecution.

“Having such a mechanism will not and should not distract our attention from having a proper system of prevention,” stressed Jayasuriya. He also said cybercrime threats will enhance the scope for cyber security jobs and professionals to be involved to ensure all stakeholders will have the benefit of a secure cyber world.

Estonian Information System Authority International Relations Director, NATO CCD COE Ambassador Liina Areng focused on what ensures resilience of a national cyber security strategy in her presentation.


She said it was important to have a proper interface between public and private sectors, defence as well other stakeholders. The need for proper balance between policy and processes with clear action was also stressed. To deal with increased complexity of threats, the benefit of security by design was another aspect. This, she said, requires both developers and defenders to work together.

Among other key foundations for resilience were education, community building, harnessing cyber culture, law enforcement capacities to keep pace with cyber criminals, and international cooperation.

SL-CERT Chairman Jayantha Fernando told the opening ceremony that SL-CERT now handles over 4,000 cyber security incidents per year, as opposed to below 50 when it was set up in July 2006. It was pointed SL-CERT has remained relevant and effective because of its inclusive approach collaborating with multiple stakeholders.


Fernando also highlighted a host of initiatives carried out by SL-CERT, and the significance of Sri Lanka being part of the Budapest Convention on Cyber Crime. He said the initial operational funding challenges compelled us to think out of the box – to find ways and means to deploy sectoral CSIRTs with key stakeholders, with Sri Lanka CERT functioning as the umbrella org. This approach led to us to establish the FIN CERT, which supports the banking and financial sector, and the EDU-CERT. The FIN CERT is housed at Lanka Clear and functions with a CBSL led Steering Committee implementing the Baseline Security standards for Banks.

Similar initiatives have been taken in other sectors – The Cyber Defence Command of the Ministry of Defence, hosted by Sri Lanka Airforce, is another land mark initiative to address Cyber security challenges in the defence and military sectors.

“Our ability to respond effectively to the needs of our stakeholders will determine whether we stay relevant. Sri Lanka CERT stayed relevant primarily because the multi-stakeholder Board representation, which added so much value to the effectiveness of Sri Lanka CERT. Past and present Board members of CERT should be thanked for their guidance over the years,” Fernando said.


He also said during Sri Lanka’s entry to the Budapest Cybercime Convention, Sri Lanka CERT became the Centre of Excellence with a vision of making Sri Lanka a Cyber security and Cybercrime capacity building hub. “Sri Lanka CERT has shared their expertise at various Council of Europe training activities since then, including the establishment of Tonga CERT. We also managed to attract support from British Govt to partner us in a number of activities,” the SL-CERT Chairman added.

He also said the 2018 edition of CSW was the biggest to date, and that it was significant since it was the first since the launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy and SL-CERT becoming an independent legal entity, as opposed to it being part of ICTA previously.


Among experts who made presentations at the forum included H. Ogawa, Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat, Director for International Strategy, Japan National Centre of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, Japan;  Dhanya Thakkar, Vice President Trend Micro Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa; Leonard Kleinman, Chief Cyber Security Advisor, Asia Pacific and Japan, RSA Security LLC; Sean Duca, Vice President, Regional Chief Security Officer, Asia Pacific, Palo Alto Networks; and Hoo Chuan Wei, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Cybersecurity Systems Group, ST Engineering Electronics, Singapore. Local experts included WSO2 Founder, Chief Architect and Chairman Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana and Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies Director Dr. Harinda Vidanage.

Secretary Ministry of Digital Infrastructure Chulananda de Silva, ICTA Chairman Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, CEO Damith Hettihewa and SL-CERT CEO Lal Dias were among officials present at the opening.

Apart from the full day conference, the 2018 Cyber Security Week comprised technical workshops, a hacking challenge and an information security quiz.

Principal sponsors of the Cyber Security Week 2018 were EZY, Trend Micro and VMWare, Gold sponsors were Just In Time Group, RSA, Intel and Dell and Silver sponsors were APNIC, Paloalto and ST Engineering. Official Payment Network was LankaPay, Education Partner was ISC2, and the Communication Partner was Dialog. Daily FT along with Sunday Times and Daily Mirror were the Print Media sponsors.


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Sri Lankan attorney re-elected to Cybercrime Convention Bureau

At the recently concluded sessions of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Sri Lankan attorney Jayantha Fernando was re-elected to the Bureau of T-CY.


The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185), also referred to as the “Budapest Cybercrime Convention”, is the only global treaty on Internet and computer related crime and improves investigative techniques based on international standards and enhances criminal justice cooperation among nation states to effectively combat the threat from cybercrime. The Bureau of the Budapest Cybercrime Convention Committee, consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair and 9 elected experts from across the world, is tasked with the effective implementation of this important International treaty at a global level.

The Budapest Cybercrime Convention is a Council of Europe Treaty, open for non-European countries to accede. Australia, Argentina, Canada, Japan, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mauritius, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, UK and USA along with 61 Countries are state parties to this Convention, while many countries have either signed it or invited to accede. On 1st September 2015, the Convention entered into force in Sri Lanka, and it became the first country in South Asia to become a state party to this Convention.

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and Sri Lanka CERT, which functions under the Ministry of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure, took the lead initiative to facilitate Sri Lanka’s entry into the Convention, along with Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs. Jayantha Fernando serves as Legal Advisor of ICTA and Acting Chair of Sri Lanka CERT.

Fernando’s nomination was proposed by Australia, Estonia and Portugal and he was elected unanimously with other state parties supporting the nomination. He is the first from a South East Asian country to be elected to the Bureau of the Budapest Cybercrime Convention.

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ඵෙතිහාසික ස්ථානයන් ගැන තොරතුරු දැන ගන්න ජංගම දුරකථන යෙදවුමක්

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංස්කෘතික උරුමයන් හා ඵෙතිහාසික ස්ථානයන් පිලිබද තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමට සහ  එම ස්ථාන නැරඹීම සදහා අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ ප්‍රවේශ පත්‍ර මිලදී ගත  හැකි ජංගම දුරකථන යෙදවුමක්  එලිදැක්වේ.

‍‍මෙම e-Info CCF Sri Lanka ජංගම දුරකථන යෙදවුම PLAY STORE සහ   APP STORE ඔස්සේ භාගත කර ගත හැකි වේ.

මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල (CCF) සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනය (ICTA) ඒකාබද්ධව මෙම යෙදවුම  එලිදක්වා තිබේ.

මෙම යෙදවුම ඔස්සේ සංස්කෘතික ස්ථාන පිලිබද තොරතුරු පිරික්සීම සහ කිව්ආර් කේත (QR Code) මගින් එම ස්ථාන පිලිබද තොරතුරු වලට සවන්දීමටද හැකිවේ.

තවද මෙම ජංගම යෙදවුමෙහි ඇති සිතියම ආධාරයෙන් සංචාරකයින්ට බාහිර පාර්ශවයන්ගේ සහයෝගයකින් තොරව ඔවුන්ටම  පුරාවිද්‍යාත්මක දත්ත හා ඵෙතිහාසික තොරතුරු  පිලිබදවද දැනුවත් වීමට  හැකිවීම විශේෂත්වයකි.

තවද මෙම තොරතුරු ෆේස් බුක්, ඉන්ස්ටගැම් සමාජ ජාල හරහා බෙදා ගැනීමේ පහසුකම්ද ලබා දී ඇත.

මෙම යෙදවුම ඵෙතිහාසික ලෝක උරුම  සීගිරිය  සදහා හදුන්වාදීම සීගිරිය සංස්කෘතික මධ්‍යස්ථානයේදී පසුගිය ජාත්‍යන්තර සංචාරක දිනයේදී උසස් අධ්‍යාපන හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අතින් සිදුවු අතර එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු ඇමැතිවරයා සදහන් කළේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිදුවෙමින් පවතින තාක්ෂණික සංවර්ධනයට සමගාමීව  ඩිජිටල් තාක්ෂණයෙන් දෙස් විදෙස් සංචාරකයින්ගේ පහසුව තකා මෙවැනි යෙදවුමක් ලබා දීමට හැකිවීම ගැන සතුටු වන බවයි.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ විශේෂ ව්‍යාපෘති අධ්‍යක්ෂ කාංචන තුඩුගල මහතා මෙහිදී සදහන් කළේ  මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල  යටතේ පවතින  අනුරාධපුරය පොළොන්නරුව ආදී ‍‍ඵෙතිහාසික ස්ථාන වල තොරතුරුද ඉදිරියේදී මේ ආකාරයෙන් ලබා දීමට පියවර ගන්නා  බවද එමෙන්ම ලෝකයේ ප්‍රධාන භාෂාවන් දාසයකට වැඩි ප්‍රමාණයකින් ද එම තොරතුරු සමන්විත ද වන බවයි. වෙබ් අඩවිය නව තාවයකින් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමද මෙහිදී සිදුවිය.


ICTA Launches a mobile application for Central Cultural Fund on eInformation and eTicketing which enable easy access to information on cultural artifacts and to purchase tickets online.

World Tourism Day, celebrated on every 27 September around the world. This year’s World Tourism Day is focused on technological advances. ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) joined hands with the Central Cultural Fund to launch a mobile application “e-info CCF Sri Lanka”, to enable easy access of information on cultural artifacts of the historic sites managed and maintained by the CCF along with the launch of the department’s official website in the event held on September 27, 2018 at Sigiriya cultural site. Honorable Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakse graced the event along with Director – Special Projects Mr Kanchana Thudugala and ICTA representatives with other distinguished guests.

Honorable Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakse explained the impotency of the mobile application and its benefits to the foreign and local visitors while expressing his gratification of making available digital facilities in parallel to the development of technology in Sri Lanka.

Elaborating the usability and features of the mobile application to the audience, Director, ICTA – Mr. Thudugala explained that it covers online purchase of site tickets and access to historic information of cultural sites managed by the Central Cultural Fund.

The eInformation element delivers historical information regarding the Sri Lankan cultural sites and the site artifacts. The app includes the highlights of the sites and site artifacts from history to date and each of those artifacts are described in detail along with the historical background and other related information. The app supports to search artifacts or scan QR code placed at the artifacts with the options of listening and reading regarding the artifacts while roaming around. It can also be used to locate your current location and to plan out the site seeing in the respective site with the aid of the application map.

The user is able to easily submit their opinion, feedback, and requests via the mobile application. Also, social sharing facility such as Facebook, Instagratm etc is given to the user to share the information at the cultural site.

Moreover the application allows local and foreign visitors to purchase tickets online while enjoying easy and efficient services to fast track the waiting times in queues to purchase tickets. The app allows users to make payments and purchase multiple site tickets for foreign and local visitors.

Further the information pertaining to the historic sites will be available in 16+ languages in the future to enabling wide access and accurate historic details. In addition, the information of other main sites functioning under CCF such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa etc will also be included to the mobile application.

The “e-info CCF Sri Lanka” mobile application can be downloaded from app store and play store while marking another giant move in the digital arena.











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තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානයක්



තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයට අදාල නවෝත්පාදන යන්හි බුද්ධිමය දේපල අයිතිය තහවුරු කර දීමට සහාය වීම සදහා උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් ස්ථාපිත කෙරේ.

ලෝක බුද්ධිමය දේපළ සංවිධානයේ (WIPO) සහ ජාතික බුද්ධිමය දේපළ කාර්යාලයේ (NIPO) උපදේශකත්වය යටතේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනය (ICTA ) විසින් මෙම නව උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානය ස්ථාපිත කර තිබේ.

මෙම තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානය (TISC) එම ක්ෂේත්‍රය පිලිබද විශේෂඥ දැනුම සහිත සාමාජිකයින් හය දෙනෙකුගෙන් සමන්විත වේ.

මේ අනුව පරිගණක වැඩසටහන් පරිගණක මෘදුකාංග පරිගණක ක්‍රිඩා ආදී විවිධාකාරයේ තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයට අදාල නවෝත්පාදන සදහා බුද්ධිමය දේපල අයිතිවාසිකම් තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට මෙම මධ්‍යස්ථානය මගින් සහාය ලබා දෙනු ඇත.

මෙම තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානය ස්ථාපිත කිරීම සදහා වන අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීම ජාතික බුද්ධිමය දේපල කාර්යාලයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල් ගීතාංජලී රණවක, ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී දමිත් හෙට්ටිහේවා යන මහත්ම මහත්මීන් අතර නොබෝදා කොළඹදී සිදුවිය.

එම අවස්ථාවේදී අදහස් දැක්වු ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලාධාරී දමිත් හෙට්ටිහේවා මහතා සදහන් කළේ නව නිපැයුම්කරුවන් මෙන්ම නව ව්‍යසායකයින් දිරිමත් කිරීම සදහා නියෝජිතායතනය විසින් වැඩසටහන් කීහිපයක් මේවන විට ක්‍රියාවට නංවා තිබෙන බවත් මෙම මධ්‍යස්ථානය ස්ථාපිත කිරීමත් සමග එම කටයුතු තව දුරටත් ශක්තිමත්ව ඉදිරියට ගෙන යෑමට හැකි වන බවත්ය.

මෙහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු ජාතික බුද්ධිමය දේපල කාර්යාලයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල් ගීතාංජලී රණවක මහත්මිය සදහන් කළේ මෙම උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානයට සම්බන්ව සිටින පිරිස් සදහා දේශීය මෙන්ම ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් අත්දැකීම් ලබා ගත හැකි පරිදි විධිමත් පුහුණුවීම් ලබාදීමට ඉදිරියේදී අපේක්ෂා කරන බවත් එසේම දේශීය හා ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් බුද්ධිමය දේපළ අයිතිවාසිකම් ලබා ගැනීම පිලිබද තොරතුරු මෙරට නවෝත්පාදන ලාභීන්ටද දැන ගැනීමට පහසුකම් සළසන බවත් එමගින් ඔවුන්ටද නිසි දැනුවත් වීමකින් පසු එම කටයුතු කර ගැනීමට පහසුවක් වන බවත් නියෝජිතායතනය සමග එක්ව කටයුතු කිරීමට හැකිවීම ගැන සතුටු වන බවත්ය.

මෙම අවස්ථාවට සහභාගි වු ලෝක බුද්ධිමය දේපළ සංවිධානයේ ආසියා සහ පැසිපික් කාර්යාලයේ උපදේශක ඩේවිඩ් සයිමන් මහතා මෙහිදී සදහන් කළේ මෙවැනි උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථාන මේවන විට ලෝකයේ නගර ගම් සිසාරා පිහිටුවා තිබෙන බවත් මෙරට නව නිපැයුම්කරුවන්ටද එම අත්දැකීම් ලබා ගැනීමට මෙය රුකුලක් වන බවත්ය.
ආරාධිත දේශකයෙක් වශයෙන් මෙම අවස්ථාවට එක්වු විද්‍යා තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන සම්බන්ධීකරණ ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ ව්‍යාපෘති අධ්‍යක්ෂ මහාචාර්ය අජිත් ද අල්විස් මහතා මෙහිදී සදහන් කළේ බුද්ධිමය දේපල අයිතිවාසිකම් තහහුරුකර ගැනීමට කටයුතු කිරීමෙන් නවෝත්පාදකයින්ට ආර්ථිකමය ප්‍රතිලාබ ලබා ගැනීමට මග සැලසෙනවා සේම එවැනි බුද්ධිමය දායකත්වයන් හරහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආර්ථිකයවෙත වටිනාකමක් එක් කිරීමට කාලය එළඹ ඇති බවයි.
මෙම තාක්ෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන උපකාරක මධ්‍යස්ථානය ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ ස්ථාපිත කර තිබේ. වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසීමෙන් සහ ඉමේල් ලිපිනය ඔස්සේ මේ පිලිබද ‍වැඩිදුර විස්තර දැනගත හැකිවේ.

ජාතික බුද්ධිමය දේපල කාර්යාලයේ සහකාර අධ්‍යක්ෂ(තොරතුරු හා විභාග) නලින් ද අතපත්තු මහතාද මෙහිදී අදහස් දැක්වීය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතයේ විශේෂ ව්‍යාපෘති අධ්‍යක්ෂ කාන්චන තුඩුගල වැඩසටහන් කළමනාකරු සවින්ද්‍ර සමරරත්න ව්‍යාපෘති කළමනාකරු අසංක සුරවීර සහකාර තාක්ෂණික ප්‍රධානී ජයනාත් ලියනගේ යන මහත්වරුද මෙම අවස්ථාවට සහභාගි වුහ.