Cyber security threats:
Microsoft ties with ICTA
Microsoft Sri Lanka recently entered into a Security Cooperation
Agreement with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of
Sri Lanka (ICTA).
This agreement will be part of the very successful Security
Cooperation Program initiated by Microsoft.
Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne,
COO, SLCERT Lal Dias, COO, ICTA Reshan Dewapura, Chairman, ICTA
Prof. P.W. Epasinghe, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, APAC,
Microsoft Key Wye Saw, General Manager, South East Asia,
Microsoft Akther Ahmed, Director, Enterprise and Public Sector,
Microsoft Sri Lanka Channa de Silva, Public Sector Manager,
Microsoft Sri Lanka Gayan Fonseka after the exchanging the
This initiative will go a long way to address the increasing number
of cyber security threats and vulnerabilities in a more holistic manner
and provide a global perspective to Sri Lanka's efforts to minimize its
In 2008, ICTA's fully owned subsidiary SLCERT (Sri Lanka Computer
Emergency Response Team) entered into a similar agreement with
Microsoft; in addition this latest partnership will provide much wider
scope and avenues for security corporation agreements for Sri Lanka's
public and private sector institutions.
The Microsoft Security Cooperation Program is a global initiative
that enables Microsoft and participating government parties to share
information to enable faster incident responses and user research. The
program increases efficiency and effectiveness in security threat
response and minimizes the impact of attacks on users, while securing
critical IT infrastructure through communications and education of
The Security Cooperation Agreement will provide ICTA and SLCERT with
a solid response guarantee from Microsoft in the event of a security
threat, 24 hour emergency response and a guarantee of mitigating
responding to attacks without increasing the risk of government
information being vulnerable to attacks.
"The SCP is a global initiative that enables Microsoft and
participating governments to share information to improve computer
incident response processes and user outreach.
The SCP is intended to help both participating governments and
Microsoft respond more efficiently and effectively to computer security
incidents, and minimize the impact of attacks on users and critical IT
infrastructure through cooperative projects and user education" Country
Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne.
The Microsoft Security Cooperation Program (SCP) provides a
structured way for public sector around the world to engage in
cooperative security activities with Microsoft in the areas of computer
incident response, attack mitigation, and citizen outreach.