Minister Fernando Assures Digital Democracy in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s new Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister, Harin Fernando, has committed to creating a digital democracy with cyber security protection for stakeholders, in the opening session of the annual Cyber Security Summit held yesterday.
“I believe that regulators, operators, academics, vendors in communication and IT industries need to work together towards our common goal of creating a society of digital democracy that is protected by cyber security. Cyber security preparedness is a national cause that should be supported by all stakeholders through numerous Private-Public Partnerships,” said the Minister.
More than 300 private and public sector representatives as well as professionals and graduates attended the full day summit featuring global and local experts. It was made clear during the summit that businesses and individuals were vulnerable to attacks which itself were increasing due to the move to digital platforms. Cyber crime costs the global economy over $400 billion a year, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“The way to counteract this is, as we continue to increase the e-literacy in our country and develop our ICT infrastructure, to enforce and implement effective cyber security framework simultaneously,” the Minister added. “As the new Government, we will make aggressive efforts in planning to further enhance this modern ICT infrastructure with the efficient cyber security measures in place simultaneously in order to make Sri Lanka globally competitive.”