TheNational Cyber Security Index (NCSI) is a global index that measures thepreparedness of countries to prevent cyber threats and manage cyber incidents. Accordingto the latest NCSI ranking of 160 countries, Sri Lanka has advanced to 69 (2021)from 98 (2020), an improvement of 29 positions.
This remarkable improvement was primarily driven by advances in:
- • Cyber Security policy development
- • Education and professional development
- • Fight against cybercrime, and
- • Military cyber operations capability.
Sri Lanka CERT which is under the Ministry of Technology is implementing the nation’s first Information and Cyber Security Strategy, and activities relating to this contributed significantly to the improved ranking. Improvements to cyber security education through the introduction of Information Security to school curricula and Graduate level degree programs also helped with the ranking. In addition, the activities related to military cyber operations and exercises, establishment of the digital forensics laboratory at the Government Analyst Department played an important role in advancing Sri Lanka’s rank in the NCSI.
The planned enactment of the Cyber Security Act and the Data Protection Act will help improve Sri Lanka’s ranking further. The establishment of a Cyber Security Agency, launching of the onlinesafety.lk web portal, and deployment of Information Security Guidelines in government organizations will also result in a higher NCSI ranking.
NCSI ranking is conducted by E-Governance Academy of Estonia. For more information related to NCSI, visit https://ncsi.ega.ee/.