Sri Lanka enacts Data Protection and Cyber Security Bills soon   

Sri Lanka enacts Data Protection and Cyber Security Bills soon   

20 March 2019 12:54 am

Amidst the rapid increase in cyber attacks, online security and social media related incidents, Sri Lanka has launched National Information and Cyber Security Strategy on Tuesday 20.

This initiative has been made possible under Cyber Resilience for Development (CYBER 4DEV) project funded by the European Union (EU) which was also launched in Colombo on Tuesday.

British, Dutch and Estonian governments are the partners for the implementation of the project in collaboration with Sri Lanka's Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology.

Sri Lanka government is now ready for the enactment and formulation of legislation, policies, and standards to create a regulatory environment to protect individuals and organizations in the cyber space.

The Legal Draftsman's Department is finalising the Data Protection Bill and Cyber security Bill and it will be presented in parliament for enactment within three months.

This was disclosed by Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Non-Cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera when he addressed the launching ceremony of CYBER 4DEV in Colombo.

He noted that Cyber crimes act will also be amended shortly to crack down on cyber attacks, online security and social media related incidents.

 He added that an advanced and updated cyber security framework would enhance Sri Lanka’s value proposition as a preferred destination for IT-enabled services.

Sri Lanka's future economic prosperity and social well-being will increasingly depend on the openness and security of its cyber networks and the ways in which they link to networks beyond its borders, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said.

This multi-country EU funded project aims to increase the security and resilience of critical information infrastructure and networks supporting the critical services of participant priority countries including Sri Lanka.