Draft Cy­ber Se­cu­rity bill to be leg­is­lated within six weeks

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - By Nishel Fer­nando

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The Draft Cy­ber Se­cu­rity bill which awaits Cab­i­net ap­proval, is likely to be leg­is­lated within six weeks, ac­cord­ing to Non Cab­i­net Min­is­ter for Digital In­fra­struc­ture and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Ajith P. Per­era.

He made th­ese re­marks at a re­cent fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Colombo Based Think-tank LIRNEASIA last week.

He said that Draft Cy­ber Se­cu­rity bill has been sub­mit­ted to the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters while not­ing that the draft bill would se­cure Cab­i­net ap­proval shortly.

The bill has been iden­ti­fied as a cru­cial com­po­nent to en­sure the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Strat­egy in Sri Lanka which in­cludes pro­tect­ing the crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture of the coun­try.

Once leg­is­lated, the pro­posed Act will pre­vent, mit­i­gate and re­spond to cy­ber se­cu­rity threats and in­ci­dents ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently.

The draft cy­ber se­cu­rity bill has pro­posed to es­tab­lish the Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Agency of Sri Lanka which will be re­spon­si­ble for all mat­ters re­lat­ing to cy­ber se­cu­rity pol­icy in Sri Lanka and for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Strat­egy.

The Board will con­sist of Sec­re­tary to the Min­istry of De­fence, Sec­re­tary to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, a mem­ber nom­i­nated by the Board of Sri Lanka Com­puter Emer­gency Readi­ness Team (CERT), Sec­re­tary to the Min­istry which is re­spon­si­ble of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­posed Act and three ex­pert mem­bers ap­pointed by the re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ter.

The pro­posed agency will be also tasked with es­tab­lish­ing and au­tho­ris­ing sec­toral com­puter emer­gency readi­ness teams in var­i­ous sec­tors based on the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor.

Mean­while,

Per­era re­vealed that the draft of the com­pre­hen­sive Data Pro­tec­tion bill is al­most ready to be pre­sented to the Cab­i­net and it will be leg­is­lated in three months.

The leg­is­la­tion of Cy­ber Se­cu­rity and Data Pro­tec­tion is ex­pected en­hance Sri Lanka’s value propo­si­tion as a pre­ferred destinatio­n for It-en­abled ser­vices.

Per­era stressed that th­ese ini­tia­tives would also en­hance

Sri Lanka’s rank­ing in the World Bank’s Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness

In­dex.

Ajith P. Per­era

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