EDUCSIRT (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team)

EDUCSIRT (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team)

The use of the internet has grown substantially among school students in the last decade. Although the Internet can be considered as the world’s largest resource repository, the threats associated with it cannot be underestimated.  It is difficult to overcome all the threats by using only technology since many of these incidences are caused by users who don’t know how to manage their privacy and access privileges. This could be mitigated to a great extent if the users could be provided with the proper awareness on managing their security.

The ICT Branch of Ministry of Education had started awareness campaigns with Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team since 2011. However, this alone will not suffice to cover total intended target group.

To address this, ICTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Education ICT Branch, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SL CERT), the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the EDUCSIRT  (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team) initiative  to establish a trainers pool empowered by comprehensive training towards forming school level internet readiness teams.

Seven four day residential workshops from year 2016 to 2017 were conducted at in Hotel Mirage, Colombo 06 with the involvement of around 500 participants.

Teachers from zonal and provincial ICT centers, dedicated ICT teachers and ICT in service advisors from all islands were selected to train through these residential workshops and these workshops were conducted by technical experts in the domain.

The program was conducted interactively with group activities, presentations and Q&A sessions. Participants actively participated in all the activities. They gained immense knowledge on the domain towards bringing together a Core Leadership Group of cybersecurity experts to recommend actions that could improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. The participants acknowledged the workshop, as a great opportunity to brainstorm and to speak candidly of lessons learned about things that worked and things that did not work in their own experiences.

In Essence

Partners

ICTA, Ministry of Education ICT Branch, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SL CERT), the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

•    Proper awareness on managing security among school teachers and students
•    Proper awareness on basic cybersecurity concepts and definitions
•    Identification of cybersecurity roles
•    Proper awareness on basic security architecture principles
•    Proper definition of the types of incidents and identification of elements of an incident response plan
•    Proper awareness on the basic procedures for processing digital forensic data
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improved relationships and collaboration
•    Strengthening education for sustainable development
•    Decreased rural to urban migration
•    Sustainable development in the education sector

•    400 trainers trained under this initiative are actively practicing those in their schools
•    Establishment of the EDUCSIRT unit
•    Establishment of school level internet readiness teams

objectives

•    To bring together a Core Leadership Group of cybersecurity experts consisting of instructors from Zonal and Provincial ICT centers, Dedicated ICT teachers and ICT in-service Advisors to recommend actions that could improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline
•    To brainstorm and to speak of lessons that worked and things that did not

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•    Understand basic cybersecurity concepts and definitions
•    Identify Cybersecurity roles
•    Understand basic security architecture principles
•    Define types of incidents and identify elements of an incident response

plan
•    Be aware of the basic procedures for processing digital forensic data
•    Recognize new and emerging information technology, and identity the associated security implications

Child Protection Web Platform

Child Protection Web Platform

ICTA is in the process of formulating and driving national level initiatives towards developing and empowering all sectors through the intervention of digital technologies.  In this regard, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for fortification of children has been considered as one of the key development areas to be addressed. ICTA considers the need of creating a Sri Lanka where every child is confident, resilient and thriving.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was interested in launching a web-platform that aims to provide and obtain information that can help parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders make decisions that reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of children. The web platform is based on the philosophy that children who are confident and who feel good about themselves are less vulnerable to all forms of abuse. The NCPA believes that each family is unique and hopes that the information provided would be a guide that each family can adapt to suit their unique circumstances.

The requirement was to create a repository that holds information pertaining to child development and protection issues for parents, teachers, children, policy-makers and other stakeholders, to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children. Therefore, the digital platform was specially designed to provide users with holistic information in one place.

An MoU between the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was signed on the 1st of February 2017 for providing assistance to the NCPA in planning, developing and implementing the web  platform.

The platform was developed and launched on 28th March 2017 by the Chairperson of NCPA Dr. Natasha Balendra in a grand event held at Waters edge, Battaramulla in the presence of different stakeholders such as Sri Lanaka Police, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs  and ICTA etc.

The platform is governed by the National Child Protection Authority. As such all content on the site is reviewed and approved by a Sri Lankan expert panel, appointed by the NCPA. The target audience is parents, teachers, children, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in child development and  protection issues.

In Essence

•    Easy access to reliable up to date, culturally relevant, information pertaining to child development and protection issues

•    Enables parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders to make decisions that increases resilience and reduces vulnerability of children
•    Improved overall protection of children
•    Launching the “youthink.lk” site
•    7,530,361st most popular website in the world
•    Reasonably small response time of page server
•    Good load speed of the website
•    Good user experience
•    All page content loaded
•    All page scripts complete
•    Strong level of social activity with 77 shares on facebook
•    Security of the website is very good
•    Critical software upto date
•    Website is SSL enabled
•    Good SEO of website
•    Good performance of website

•    Launching the “youthink.lk” site
•    7,530,361st most popular website in the world
•    Reasonably small response time of page server
•    Good load speed of the website
•    Good user experience
•    All page content loaded
•    All page scripts complete
•    Strong level of social activity with 77 shares on facebook
•    Security of the website is very good
•    Critical software upto date
•    Website is SSL enabled
•    Good SEO of website
•    Good performance of website

objectives

•    To provide and obtain up to date, culturally relevant, information pertaining to child development and protection issues
•    Enabling parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children
•    Contribute to the overall protection of children via a consolidated digital platform

Sri Lanka Government Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) Program

Sri Lanka Government Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) Program

The public services transformation into Digital Government requires strong and dynamic technological leadership along with the administrative management provided by the administrative service CEOs and other senior officials.  The success of Digital Government initiatives depends on the interface of public administration with ICT technology. The Digital Government concept emerged as a global requirement to facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of local governments. The predominant purpose was to provide a fully integrated, citizen- friendly, cost effective and converged service delivery through a responsive and networked government. Successful integration of the technology with governance depends on the leadership provided by the Chief Innovation Officers (CIO). The situation is more relevant to emerging e-governance countries where administrative-technological hybrid staff cadres are yet to emerge.
The CIO is the focal point in e-governance activities in the government organizations under the direction of ICTA. The CIO, in the context of e-Governance in Sri Lanka, should possess both administrative and technological competencies. The need to have a multi-faceted competency profile for a successful CIO has been widely acknowledged, not only in the state sector but also in the corporate sector.
A CIO is also expected to play the role of a “Change Agent” within the system, working as an innovation champion, simultaneously championing the causes of digital government and administrative reforms. Hence, they will play a key role in driving the transformation process within the government and will be given specialized training to ensure their readiness to champion change within their respective line ministries and departments.

objectives

•    Improve good governance
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improve relationships and collaboration
•    Sustainable development
•    Decrease rural to urban migration
•    To empower and build required capacities among all public sector employees to make them positive and competent for enabling effective delivery of citizen centric public services
•    To build skills and provide knowledge on possible innovations in public administration through the use of ICT.
•    To prepare a set of executives from the government sector who could drive Digital Government initiatives with theoretical and practical knowledge.
•    To encourage government officials to improve the productivity and efficiency in government services.
•    To develop capacities on the effective use of ICT in the public sector and of governance for improved delivery of public services to citizens.
•    To encourage government officials to obtain recognized high-level qualifications and improve knowledge on eGovernment and/or related subject areas.
•    To create positive top-level officials who has knowledge & understanding of Digital Government. They will lead to and drive the Digital Government vision and implementation in their respective domains/organizations.
•    Competent middle and junior management with a higher level of support and buying in for Digital Government initiatives
•    To create a more knowledgeable, competent and empowered CIO community. They will drive and facilitate eGovernment implementation in GoSL
•    To develop a more productive government workforce equipped with appropriate competencies for Digital Government implementation and service delivery
•    To establish a GCIO governance mechanism with authority through the GCIO resource pool (CIO rewarding and performance mechanism , CIO council )
•    To establish the role of GCIO as the change agent who drives digital transformation
•    To enhance the capacity of GCIOs
•    To facilitate the adoption of identified digital governance policies
•    To implement transforming processes to meet the requirements of connected government
•    To inculcate a culture of encouraging innovation within the government
•    To facilitate technology driven infrastructure for the Government Sector
•    To ensure sustainability of the digital government solutions

In Essence

ICT in Government Sector – Aiming at a Digitally competent society and an empowered Government workforce with required competencies towards enhancing their ability to identify and meet development challenges in achieving a Digitally inclusive Sri Lanka vision.

Partners

ICTA, Government of Sri Lanka, Industry Associations, Universities, Higher Education institutes

•    Improved good governance
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improved relationships and collaboration
•    Sustainable development
•    Decreased rural to urban migration
•    Digitally inclusive Government Service
•    Digitally empowered Government Officials

•    Effective use of ICT in the public sector and of governance for improved delivery of public services to citizens
•    Use of ICT to achieve, measure, monitor and publish defined service levels for all government services

600+ CIO’s were appointed

School ICT Society Initiative

School ICT Society Initiative

With rapid growth of technologies, the world is broadly consuming innovative technologies in the education sector. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is adopting and implementing these technologies for the development of school education. This has led to the increase of consumption of digital technologies in schools among students, teachers and education admins.
To uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of ICT technologies to the school community; ICTA, jointly with the MoE (Ministry of Education) has started to develop and empower School ICT societies island wide covering 97 educational zones since year 2016.

Goal

•    Uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of Digital Technologies to the school community.

objectives

•    Raise awareness through exposure to new digital technologies among the school community
•    Promote Entrepreneurship and inspire them to become innovative industry leaders
•    Encourage research and promote innovation
•    Promoting digital education
•    Strengthen School ICT Societies as a self-sustainable community

In Essence

School ICT Society initiative facilitates to uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of digital technologies to the school community.

Partners

ICT Agency, Ministry of Education, Industry Associations, IESL, ISOC, SLASCOM,

•    Assess the existing situation and readiness for digital transformation among the school community
•    Introduce new age technologies and digital education initiatives
•    Engaged with more industry partners
•    Successfully empowered and established more than 300 school ICT societies island wide

•    Distribute a specially designed learning tool kit for all selected schools and ICT Societies
•    Conduct 12 Regional Workshops, Island wide

Organizing the School ICT Society Initiative

MoE in collaboration with ICTA started the school ICT society empowering program in 2016 engaging with industry partners. ICTA facilitates this initiative by organizing a series of workshops focusing school ICT society members, teachers and education administrators. This program has supported more than 1800 students, 450 teachers & 100 education administrators covering more than 10 districts to create awareness and help them build internal capacity on using digital technologies.

Makerspaces: Next generation Sri Lankan Innovators Space

Public awareness session at Ministry of Education

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka together with IgniterSpace conducted an awareness session about Makerspaces concept for the public who attended the awareness session at Ministry of Education on 21st of February 2018.
With the aim of including Makerspaces to our students’ school syllabus, considered as one of the essential ingredients in creating a generation of innovators and inventors which is needed to compete in the current digital world and also to use the brain power of school kids to build a developed country from where we stand today, an awareness session was conducted for the public and the key stakeholders in public education sector.

During the awareness session, maker-kits provided by team IgniterSpace were given to kids to try that out by themselves under the supervision and guidance of instructors.  These maker kits are made of plastic spoons, chopsticks, small batteries, motors, buttons and materials that we see and use in day to day life.  By demonstrating as an example how creative these kids can be if they get the environment to try out new things and make things when they want to, the session successfully disseminated the message ‘The Need of Makerspaces’ to the people who attended on that day

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Digital Libraries for Knowledge Enhancement

Digital Libraries for Knowledge Enhancement

Libraries have always strived to collect process and disseminate information. But information today exists in many forms than just as printed matter and nowadays readers are shifting from the traditional sources of reading; printed materials to e-materials such as e-books, e-journals, e-newspapers, etc. However, the availability and better access to information using appropriate technological innovations is limited.

It is observed that the libraries in Sri Lanka are faced with severe challenges including the need for better educational resources as well as appropriate technology infrastructure to provide modern library services.

Therefore, ICTA proposed to address these issues through Digital Libraries Project in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Provincial Councils & Local Government and National Library and Documentation Services Board.
It is planned to establish 26 Digital Libraries, one in each District and at the National library in two years period to provide convenient and affordable access to electronic information / eBooks and educational materials, whilst encouraging the usage of Digital Libraries.
The required digital infrastructure, equipment and the capacity development will be provided by the ICTA to strengthen the electronic archive records systems and introduce modern infrastructure which is in demand to improve the quality and efficiency of the library system in the country.

 

Objective

To provide convenient and affordable access to electronic resources and promote effective usage of electronic information/e books and educational materials to citizens

In Essence

Providing convenient and affordable access to electronic resources and promote effective usage of electronic information/e books and educational materials to citizens by establishing digital libraries.

Partners

  • Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Education
  • Municipal Councils
  • National Library and Documentation Services Board
  • Public Libraries in Sri Lanka
  • Infrastructure of public libraries will be modernized, and modern library services will be introduced to the public. Thus, enhance the level of usage of public libraries in the country.
  • Ensure the availability and access of the accurate educational information in digital format to the public.
  • Create a knowledge center using new technological aspects in each selected public library in the country to increase reading practices among new generation.
  • Increase access to information and bringing organization to the unstructured universe of electronically available information.

Twenty-six (26) Digital public libraries. One in each district across the country by the end of 2018 including National Library.

Colombo, Badulla, Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Polonnaruwa public libraries will be developed as digital libraries in pilot phase.

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e-Swabhimani Awards Empowering Local Entrepreneurs – The Story of PickMe

PickMe, a technology developed by Digital Mobility Solutions Lanka (Pvt) Ltd was the proud winner of the prestigious ‘e-Swabhimani 2016‘ award under the Inclusion & Empowerment category.
Established as Sri Lanka’s most innovative taxi-hailing app and a game changer, PickMe has revolutionised the traditional taxi industry. To-date, PickMe has the largest vehicle fleet in Sri Lanka with over 12,000 enlisted drivers and one million registered users.

The e-Swabhimani award recognised PickMe’s long term vision to change the existing taxi ecosystem through empowering and uplifting the profession of driving taxis through its driver app. PickMe also received commendation for the app at the UN World Summit Awards (WSA), which promotes the world’s best digital content.

Despite the country having high literacy statistics, PickMe soon realised most taxi-drivers encountered proficiency issues. To overcome and help the profession, the entirely home-grown awarding winning PickMe driver app was developed featuring unique buttons – similar to traffic light indicators, circumventing any concerns drivers had in understanding and reading instructions.
Additionally, the driver app showcased a unique feature, a real-time meter, previously nonexistent among existing global taxi-hailing services.

Commenting on receiving the award PickMe CEO Jiffrey Zulfer said, “To be recognised and receive commendation from a government appointed institute such as ICTA was indeed an honour. We have been recognised as digital innovators however we understand that we are offering a social service in addition to providing a better transportation system and empowering our drivers, and with it affecting allied social economic dynamics and communities. The award also showcases the achievements of our highly sort after home-grown talent in software engineering.”

Winning the award has strengthened PickMe’s resolve to further work towards empowering their drivers. As an extension of empowering the drivers economically, a financial system has also been developed to enable them to maintain a log sheet of their earnings, building a solid financial foundation and practical money management strategies.

Taking the industry forward, PickMe continues to work with local universities to develop its platform promoting digital innovation mindful of creating a positive impact on society and the encouragement of young entrepreneurship the release concluded.

IgniterSpace celebrates two years of social impact with three major accolades

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Jehan Wijesinghe, CEO & Co-Founder IgniterSpace, receives the e-Swabhimani award for Learning & Education

When software engineer Hasith Yaggahavita founded IgniterSpace, together with two colleagues, he was simply making up for the lack of a good creative education- or more specifically, ‘makerspace’- programmes to enrol his own kids in. So, in March 2016 IgniterSpace began its journey in Hasith’s home. A short two years later Hasith and his team are quietly celebrating a rapid expansion and a couple of unexpected, yet well-deserved wins at the e-Swabhimani awards 2017 and Venture Engine 2017.

IgniterSpace is a ‘makerspace’ for kids that guides them to unleash their creativity through technology. Although not a phrase used in common parlance, a makerspace is simply a place where students can gather to create, invent and tinker using tools, material and some guidance. With the firm belief that anything is possible, IgniterSpace inspires students to be creative and innovative. Children are exposed to different aspects of technology such as mechanical, electrical, electronic computer programming and robotics. With this foundation, they are then encouraged to further experiment to gain deeper insights.

The company quickly grew from being a small operation at Hasith’s home to a very popular educational institute coveted by parents who wanted their kids to have the IgniterSpace experience. Mano Sekaram, Hasith’s long-time mentor and eminent IT industry heavyweight, joined in to help IgniterSpace grow. Mano recognized that the company was doing something unusual and creative, and helped the team move into a second makerspace in Narahenpita, and then to other cities such as Moratuwa, Gampaha, Negombo and Kandy.

 

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Dumith Fernando, Chairman Asia Securities (Pvt) Ltd., Sanchayan Chakraborty, Partner, Aavishkaar and Jeevan Gnanam, CEO Orion City, award Hasith Yaggahawita, Founder IgniterSpace and Jehan Wijesinghe, CEO & Co-Founder IgniterSpace the Venture Engine 1st runner up position.

Today the IgniterSpace team consists of 15 full time professionals and 45 part-time instructors led by CEO Jehan Wijesinghe and COO Buddika Wijesekera. Their educational model is a tried, tested and loved by kids. Students begin with prototyping known machines to develop basic knowledge as well as fine motor skills and then move onto production grade explorative creations. Through these exercises, kids gain design thinking and entrepreneurship skills alongside the ability to create production grade prototypes of their own concepts.

This is where the steps for innovation and entrepreneurship are laid, says CEO Jehan Wijesinghe. “We are committed to guiding the younger generation to become innovators and creators of technology, but we also understand that this is not a vision that is accomplished over a short span of time. We’re ready to walk the talk with our partners over decades to come.”

The team is also celebrating placing winners in the education category at the 2017 national e-Swabhimani awards presented by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA). IgniterSpace also received the Aaavishkaar Social Impact Award for the highest social impact and was the 1st runner up at Venture Engine 2017. CEO Jehan also represented Sri-Lanka at the Sankalp Global Sustainability & Social Impact Summit held in Mumbai India in December 2017. For Hasith, this is further confirmation that he was onto something when he first began IgniterSpace from his living room. “It’s rewarding to know that what you’re doing is making a real impact. We’re actually making a difference here, by teaching kids skills that they’re not picking up at school, but essential for the future.” he says.

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P. Pradeep, Executive Director, Aavishkaar presents the Aaavishkaar Social Impact Award to Jehan Wijesinghe, CEO & Co-Founder IgniterSpace and Hasith Yaggahawita, Founder IgniterSpace

The classes are conducted at five levels: first 3 levels are for age based entry (ages 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-15 years) and prerequisite for level 4, which is focused on problem solving. Once level 4 is completed, students can enter the IgniterSpace Start-up School where they learn to become real-world innovators and entrepreneurs. The courses are usually conducted in English, although native languages are accommodated on request.

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EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS -Procurement for Supply, Delivery and Installation of Computer Hardware & Accessories for Piloting Preventive Care Strengthening Project – ICTA/GOSL/GOODS/NCB/2017/28

3rd Extension – Invitation of Bids

2ND Extension – Invitation of Bids

Extension – Invitation for Bids

IFB

Bidding Document

Published in Daily News on December 06, 2017 and December 08, 2017

Pre bid meeting-  1400 hrs (2.00 p.m) – December 21, 2017

This is to notify that the Deadline for Submission of Bids has been extended up to 1500 hours on February 16, 2018.

Bid Validity  – May 17, 2018

Bid Security – June 16 , 2018

e-Swabhimani 2017

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The e-Swabhimani Awards 2017 was held on 30th November at the Hotel Galadari, Grand Ballroom with much pageantry recognising the nation’s digital social innovators.

Organised by The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the apex ICT Institution together with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, the e-Swabhimani Awards 2017 honoured outstanding digital social innovators who have impacted society using digital technologies.

The colourful gala event was graced by Hon Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and a distinguished gathering including senior government officials, industry leaders, private sector, digital entrepreneurs and the media.
Chitranganie Mubarak, Chairperson, ICTA Sri Lanka welcomed the gathering in her opening remarks, while Hon. Harin Fernando made the keynote address.

Established as the most prestigious national event in the industry, the e-Swabhimani Awards were presented to those who made a definite high social impact, providing solutions towards the real needs of local communities using digital technologies. 43 nominees were recognized as winners, merit awardees or received certificates of appreciation. This year’s event, organised for the seventh consecutive year and it was really impressive to see that it has attracted more than 200 submissions.

‘e-Swabhimani’ a symbol of excellence but also serves as a stepping stone to the World Summit Award (WSA), a global initiative implemented within the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). The award recipients were selected by the e-Swabhimani Grand Jury which comprised of eminent experts drawn from various fields. The Grand jury of e-Swabhimani 2017 selected 20 winners, 15 Merit awards and 8 Certificates of Appreciation in nine categories including Government and Citizen Engagement, Health and Well-being, Learning and Education, Environment and Green Energy, Culture and Tourism, Smart Settlement and Urbanization, Business and Commerce, Inclusion and Empowerment and Digital Entertainment. Of the 20 winners, the Jury has selected 8 winners, one per category to the World Summit Awards as ICTA is the National Expert for WSA from Sri Lanka.

Impressively the 2017 World Summit Award saw six of Sri Lanka’s eight nominations making it to the final round. Sri Lanka was second only to Germany which had seven entries. Out of the six nominations, 3 products which are chargeNET, Sciocardio and Yathra were been selected for final voting round and out of that, chargeNET from chargeNET (Pvt) Ltd which is a subsidiary of Codegen (Pvt) Ltd has become a winner under the category Smart Settlement and Urbanization.

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