Sri Lanka Tourism awards cyber security contract to SL CERT

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By 2018-01-12

Sri Lanka CERT, the national computer emergency readiness team, has been entrusted with the task of providing a wide range of cyber security services for the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the apex body of Sri Lanka Tourism.


A press release stated that SLTDA Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka awarded the contract in this regard to CERT Chief Executive Officer Lal Dias at a brief event held recently at the SLTDA premises in Colombo. The cyber security measures are aimed at strengthening the ICT arm of Sri Lanka Tourism, which is currently on an ambitious three-year mission to double its revenue and job creation. Under this agreement, Sri Lanka CERT will provide cyber security advice and services covering SLTDA's multiple IT platforms, which include websites, networks, cloud services, e-services and software applications, the release added.

"In this day and age, cyber security threats can jeopardize the credibility and the reputation of some of the world's most trusted organizations and Sri Lanka Tourism wants to ensure all our systems and data, including customer data, is protected against cyber attacks," said Sri Lanka Tourism Director ICT Udana Wickramasinghe, explaining why his organization decided to strengthen its IT infrastructure on the cyber security front.

"In 2018, we will surely see increased sophistication and more targeting where cyber-attacks are concerned. At the same time, as the industry is booming, the risks are huge and the stakes are high. That is why we felt the need for a dedicated cyber security management service and we selected Sri Lanka CERT, as it is the Government-owned national organization for cyber security," he added.

Sri Lanka CERT, a fully-owned subsidiary of ICTA under the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, has functioned for nearly 12 years and worked with many State and non-State partners.
Sri Lanka CERT CEO Lal Dias said the contract with SLTDA was a reflection of the strong relationships that they had established with Government departments and agencies in Sri Lanka over the years, and expects to expand this service to other like-minded Government departments.

"We are committed to strengthening this partnership and bringing our advanced cyber technologies and deep understanding of today's global security threats to assist Sri Lanka Tourism and its stakeholders," Dias explained.
"In the current global context, cyber-attacks come in many forms, such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, website defacement and unauthorized access to systems. These are committed by a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations, such as fraudsters, terrorist groups and even thrill seekers."

This, he reasoned, was why organizations needed robust security systems as an essential part of their IT infrastructure.

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