Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army should possess cyber security capabilities and need to develop further to effectively engage in dealing with cyber threats against the state, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.
Delivering the Opening Remarks at Cyber Security Symposium of the 75th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Signal Corps on Wednesday, the Army Commander said the future battlefields are essentially required to operate in Cyber Environments, both Offensive and Defensive nature and Cyber and operating in Cyber Environments is an essential capability that the Sri Lanka Army should possess.
"We need to explore the cyber domain further and further and need to develop our capabilities mainly in the defensive sub domain. Then, it will further strengthen the Sri Lanka Army’s endeavor to become 'Capacity based sustainable Army'," he said.
He said cyber threats could generate from anywhere and everywhere, often appearing as external threats and the threats against the states in the Cyber Domain could be against the financial sector, industrial sector, and tourism sector; or, against the military.
Therefore, the states need to have well collaborated and coordinated mechanisms comprised with both military and civilian organizations.
"Therefore, I consider it as a different, yet, a new type of battlefield for the Sri Lanka Army in the Cyber Domain," he said.
The Army Chief noted that to manage the new operational framework effectively, Army needs to share information not only among sister services, but also, with all other organs in the Cyber Domain.
"Then only the Sri Lanka Army would able to effectively engage in dealing with cyber threats against the state," he added.
We need to secure our electronic systems and networks, since it stores and shares vital pieces of information. Our Cyber Security policies should be reviewed very rapidly while studying the changing offensive operational modes, tactics and techniques in the Cyber Domain.
We need to increase the security layers protecting our networks both in quantity and quality. Such security layers and firewalls should be our own products.
"By this process, we will be able to strengthen our Cyber Defenses to withstand any external threat," Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said