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The Cabinet on Tuesday (12) granted approval to the proposals to draft two bills on cyber security laws.

The proposals to draft a bill named the 'Defence Cyber Commands Act' and a bill for imposing cyber protection laws were made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Technology.

"It has been observed that with the development of electronic communication, terrorist groups and criminals have tended to use cyberspace and electronic communication for terrorist activities, organised crimes and anti-social activities," the Department of Government Information said.

 

The electronic communication across cyberspace has been recognised as a crucial factor that can directly affect national security interests.

 

Therefore, the government has identified the need to formulate new laws today, covering all sectors for ensuring 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.

The second draft bill is intended to create a regulatory framework and a national cyber security strategy.

Accordingly, followed by discussions held with the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Technology and other related parties, it has been decided to formulate a respective draft bill on cyber protection provisions in relation to the 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," the Department of Government Information said.