Preparing for GLACY+ in Sri Lanka

September 26, 2016

A review of the progress and results achieved by Sri Lanka along the GLACY project was carried out between 8 and 11 August. The overarching aim of the mission was to assess the country’s capacity to act as hub for the South Asian region within the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) initiative.

Sri Lanka joined the GLACY project in 2014 and became the fastest priority country to accede and ratify the Budapest Convention, in September 2015.

During the assessment mission, main achievements of Sri Lanka have been remarked, such as the implementation of a sustainable training program for law enforcement agencies, following the Training of Trainers (ToT) modules for First Responders delivered under the GLACY capacity building framework. Over the past year, the GLACY trained police officers exported the courses on cybercrime and electronic evidence to all regions of Sri Lanka reaching out to over 600 law enforcement professionals.

Sri Lanka’s further contribution in enhancing regional and international cooperation on cybercrime was acknowledged by the Tongan authorities who recently launched their first national CERT, built also on the best practices shared by SL-CERT.

The full progress review and assessment was carried out by a team of Council of Europe staff and experts, as well as a representative of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).