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Sri Lanka CERT & ICTA join CBSL to help defend Banks against Cyber Crime

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Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team| Coordination Centre (Sri Lanka CERT|CC), a subsidiary of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), joined hands with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to help banks mitigate computer and internet related crime.  This combined effort to combat cyber-attacks and financial frauds took place when a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for Banks was launched recently. BankCSIRT will provide cyber security for all of Sri Lanka’s 23 banks through a common platform to handle information security related incidents in the banking and finance sector.

The launch of the BankCSIRT initiative held at CBSL was graced by President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga (Chief Guest), Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal and ICTA Chairman Professor P. W. Epasinghe. Amongst those present were Deputy Governors of the Central Bank, Mr Ananda Silva and Dr P N Weerasinghe, Sri Lanka CERT CEO Lal Dias, LankaClear CEO/GM Sunimal Weerasooriya, ICTA Director/ Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando, Director IT Central Bank, Mrs R A S M Dayarate and CEO’s as well as CIO’s of Banks and senior officials of CBSL.

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Sri Lanka jumps 41 places in UN e-Government Development Index Advances to 74th position

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Making the biggest  jump  made by a member country from its preceding ranking  in the 2014  United Nationsl eGovernment Development Index (eGDI),   Sri Lanka has advanced to  the 74th position. 

At the preceding  survey determining the eGDI   which was in 2012 Sri Lankaa’s position out of 193 countries was 115.  Thus the 2014 United Nations eGDI of Sri  Lanka is a jump traversing 41 positions.

The rank reached by Sri Lanka  out of 193 countries also places it within the first half of  the  highest ranked countries as well as the in the first position out of South Asian countries.  The Maldives is at the 94 th postion.

“The Sri Lankan government has made a substantial effort to develop its online portal which now ranks 74th in the world.  The online portal offers A-Z government web indexes, 108 e-services for citizens, 51 e-services for businesses and 10 non-residence related e-services. The portal also  offers  extensive mobile and SMS services, an e-participation portal, government forms  easily accessible  online, a developed  open data portal  with data available in various formats, as well as a whole-of-government strategy” (2014 UN - egov Development Index Report).

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ICTA, nation’s caring friend in need, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

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In a glowing tribute to the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka  (ICTA) Professor Rohan Samarajiva says that that ICTA has been a caring friend in need to society. 

“ICTA has done much to make the dividends of ICT to the people in their day-to-day life. Whether it be in obtaining the  vehicle revenue licence renewed or afresh while at home or knowing the police clearance certificate application status, ICTA has been behind it. ICTA’s role in ICT-based facility at these public services at normal times is perhaps better known. But few know the contribution ICTA continues to make in bringing about ICT-based solutions to people affected by  disaster that throws people into precarious situations,” the Professor said.

The professor said so while addressing the participants  of a week-long   Indian Ocean Tsunami X (IOTX) convention gathered for a  mid-week networking evening at Waters  Edge 19th June, 2014.

Following  a two-day Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)   Implementation Workshop in  Negombo, the CAP codefest in Orion City IT Park and Disaster Risk Reduction  lecture in Colombo the networking was great. 

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