Investment in capacity building has to be made by the government and private organisations to combat cybercrime with a view to preventing future losses through such crime, said speakers at a discussion on Tuesday.
They also said social media needed to change their policies to deal with the growing number of cyber bulling that has been causing harm to livelihood.
The speakers came with the observations while speaking at the inauguration programme of a workshop on ‘Digital Bangladesh: focusing on cybercrime, safe internet and broadband’ held at a city hotel.
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, posts and telecommunications and information technology ministry, and the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission jointly organised the two-day workshop starting from Tuesday.
Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, state minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation secretary general Shola Taylor, posts and telecommunications division secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder and BTRC acting chairman Md Ahsan Habib Khan, among others, spoke at the inauguration session.
Besides the ICT sector, the government has to be more responsible to ensure that the internet that younger people use are safe and secure, Shola Taylor said.
Although the people of Bangladesh appreciate freedom of expression, at the same time the government has to ensure that people are getting good and quality information through the internet, not the information which can damage livelihood of young girls and men, he said.
Cybercrimes are sometimes simple and sometimes most sophisticated and that’s why the government will have to take initiatives with a view to keeping itself ahead of cyber attackers, the CTO secretary general said.
Capacity enhancement for cyber security is an investment not cost, he said. ‘it’s an investment for the people, for the economy and for the growth of Bangladesh,’ Shola said.
According to a study of Telenor, a Norwegian multinational telecommunications company, 41 per cent of Bangladeshi students face cyber bulling and in some cases such harassment leads to unpleasant incidents like suicide, said Tarana Halim.
When contacted regarding the bulling issues, the organisations usually reply with the note that they have policies, she said.
The state minister said that the social media should adopt and review their policies that would be consistent with the religious sentiment and psychology of the country’s people.
‘Cyber fraud in mobile banking is a very common issue now-a-days and as our online economic activities like ecommerce, e-banking are increasing day by day, we are becoming more vulnerable to cyber threats, she said.
‘Investment on the cyber security is very much required with a view to preventing our bank, infrastructure, communications and everything from vulnerability,’ Tarana said.
She also called on Facbook, YouTube and Google authorities to provide support to combat such crimes.
Shyam Sunder Sikder said that the US government had been investing $13 million per year since 2010 with a view to combating the rapidly growing cyber crime as it faced 10 million cyber attacks per day.
He also suggested that anti-cybercrime expertise of the government relevant bodies and agencies be strengthened.
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said cyber security had become a major concern as it cost over $400 billion to the global economy per year.
Speaking at a discussion session on ‘Safety on the internet’ BTRC director general (systems and services) Md Emdad Ul Bari said that too much dependency on technology were now making people vulnerable at personal level as privacy had become almost an illusion.
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