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SL's national cyber security responsibility of Govt: ICTA Chief

By Jagdish Hathiramani

Sri Lanka's national cyber security is the responsibility of the country's government and making sure national networks are secure and unpenetrated should be coordinated at all levels by a single body such as the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SL CERT), according to Reshan Dewapura, the Chief Executive of the country's information and Communication Technology Agency, SL CERT's parent.

Speaking at the 4th annual national conference on Cyber Security, a full-day event which was held last week as part of the SL CERT organised Cyber Security Week 2011, Mr. Dewapura also called for law enforcement authorities and the legislature to focus on areas such as protecting critical infrastructure and putting in place a legal structure for regulation.

Additionally, he also signalled the need for the country's national security policy to be extended to include cyber security, with citizens made aware that cyber security measures taken will be in line with indvidual rights and freedom of speech, and further noted that this inclusion of cyber security into national defence should be used to actively protect military operations against cyber attacks, while also taking advantage of the capabilities of Sri Lanka's powerful neighbours. He also suggested that establishment of public private partnerships whereby the government can cooperate with the private sector, especially since the majority of the country's essential infrastructure belongs to the private sector.

Mr. Dewapura also opined that citizens and organisations needed to come forward and report cyber crimes as these incidents could not be appropriately addressed otherwise. And, as such, it was also important to create awareness about this with regards to government departments, private sector organisations and the general public.

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