Microsoft Sri Lanka recently entered into a Security Cooperation Agreement with
Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), which will
be part of the very successful Security Cooperation Programme initiated by Microsoft.
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 exposure. ICTA ‘s fully owned
subsidiary SLCERT (Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team) is the affiliate
body that will be executing the agreement on behalf of the ICTA, which will provide
much wider scope and avenues for security cooperation 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 participants.
Commenting on the this important agreement, the Chief Operating Officer of SLCERT
Mr. Lal Dias states that “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
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.
Using information exchange and cooperative projects, SCP helps public sector to
better respond to computer security incidents and to minimize the impact of attacks
on information technology (IT) infrastructure, decreasing risk from cyber 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” emphasized Mr. Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager,
Microsoft Sri Lanka.
SCP is part of the Microsoft Security Response Alliance (MSRA), the latest evolution
in Microsoft's efforts to build strong alliances with partners in the security response
ecosystem. The MSRA builds on the fundamental underpinnings developed by its constituents:
five strong, valuable alliances—including SCP—that allow security response and research
with multiple partners, vendors, governments, and infrastructure providers to collaborate
in a secure and timely manner.