Need to bridge digital divide, promote digital security awareness in estate sector

From left: Uva Shakthi Foundation Chairman Suresh Nadesan receiving trilingual reports of the study that was carried out by journalists and researchers Kalavarshny Kanagaratnam and Sara Pathirana 

By Kalavarshny Kanagaratnam and 

Sara Pathirana

It is imperative, especially in this digital age, that everyone makes an effort to understand what it means to be safe online. From the moment we click a button and publish content and other information on the internet, it has already made its way to the worldwide web where the entire world can witness it and consume it. With the ascent of the recent pandemic and the way it has eased us all into a new normal where an even larger number of people around the world heavily began to rely on the internet and using it as a tool to get their work done without needing to worry about the challenges that arrived with the COVID-19 restrictions. Alongside this, the importance of digital security and our safety online too, has been heightened. 

With more people embracing the internet as technology advances, individuals look towards online activities such as hacking into social media and email accounts and stealing sensitive data from its owners. Data, people’s identities and personal images tend to be stolen and used for committing other malicious activities. Many people around the world have already faced and suffered from such problems. Women in particular are increasingly vulnerable to online threats such as cyberbullying. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of the concept of digital security.

Digital security in the estate sector

Digital Security is a collective term that describes the resources employed towards protecting one’s online identity, data, and other assets. These tools include web services, antivirus software, smartphone SIM cards, biometrics, and secured personal devices. In other words, digital security is the process used to protect one’s presence and identity online. Due to a lack of awareness about digital security, many cases of data theft and cyber violence are reported on a daily basis. 

When considering Sri Lanka’s context, the Western province in particular and other nearby provinces would usually…