ICTA hosts workshop on cyber crime
Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath said that his Ministry has
received much strength from the ICTA. Gamlath was making the keynote
address at the inauguration of the two-day international workshop on
Cooperation Against Cyber Crime in South Asia, jointly hosted by the
Council of Europe and the ICTA.
Gamlath commended the contribution made by the staff of ICTA towards
the formulation of the Computer Crime Acts No. 24 of 2007. Pointing out
the need for further endeavours he said ,"Since the Act was certified by
the Speaker in July, 2007, there are 194 investigations ongoing under
this Act. However, no indictments have been filed to date. But this is
This is the experience in many countries. Hence the need of further
collective effort at domestic, regional and international level to give
teeth to this piece of legislation especially through further work on
electronic evidence as well as training of judges and prosecutors."
ICTA Chairman, Professor P. W. Epasinghe said, "For countries of
South Asia - as for societies in other regions of the world -
information and communication technologies provide unprecedented
opportunities for social and economic development. As societies rely on
ICT, they become vulnerable to risks such as cyber crime. Cooperation at
all levels - interagency, public-private, international, are crucial
elements of the response.
"In Asia a number of countries, such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
have taken or are in the process of taking steps, including the
strengthening of their cyber crime legislation in line with the Budapest
Convention on cyber crime and of relevant instructions such as units
responsible for high-tech investigations or incident response to face
In Sri Lanka, ICTA not only helped in the formulation of legislation
but also established expert units, such as Sri Lanka Computer Emergency
Response Team (SLCERT).
The aim of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of the countries
of South Asia to cooperate internationally against cyber crime."
Participants at the workshop included representatives from Bangladesh,
India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who came together to enhance
their capacity for cooperating against cyber crime.
The workshop provided an opportunity for assessing the cyber crime
legislation of countries concerned. Compatibility of cyber crime
legislation with international standards is a pre-requisite for
international cooperation. Assessment of this compatibility of
participating countries was an objective of the workshop.
Another was to promote interagency and public cooperation at domestic
Cyber crime legislation, high-tech crime investigations,
international police/judicial cooperation and incident response
(Computer Emergency Response Team [CERT] or similar) were subjects