Oct 12, Colombo: The Government has decided to prepare a draft bill to introduce laws on cyber security and the Cabinet has granted approval to draft the Defense Cyber Commands Act bill.
The government has noted that with the development of the electronic communication, terrorist groups and criminals have tended to use the cyber space and electronic communication for terrorist activities, organized crimes and anti – social activities.
The electronic communication across cyber space has been recognized as a crucial factor that can directly affect the national security, the cabinet said in a statement.
Therefore, the government said it has been vital to formulate new laws, covering all sectors for ensuring the national security across including the required provisions so that the operations performed by cyber protection units which are established at institutional level at present by the three - armed forces, Police and other agencies.
Formulation of a draft bill for imposing cyber protection laws –
Cyber security and preparation of an institutional structure in the connection is coming under the scope of the Ministry of Technology. Accordingly, followed by discussions held with the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Technology and other related parties, it has been decided appropriate to formulate a respective draft bill as mentioned in (a) above including cyber protection provisions in relation to defense sector. Requirement of formulation of new laws is with the intention of creating a regulatory framework for implementing national information apart from those applicable to national defense and cyber protection strategy, formulation of provisions to establish Sri Lanka Cyber Protection Agency to act with other cooperating agencies for fulfilment of the purpose, introduction of legal provisions required for protecting infrastructure facilities related to decisive and essential information within the country, prevention of risk activities that affect the cyber security as well as creating a formal cyber protected environment within the country.
Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for the proposals furnished by His Excellency the President as the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Technology.