President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked for combined effort at national and international levels to deal with the risk of global cyber attacks. “There have been cyber-attacks in about 150 countries, including some developed ones, putting security at risk. Newer strategies and innovative technologies must be developed for ICT security to keep the development process, trade and investment free from hackers,” the President remarked while addressing a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.
The President also said that the advancement in Information Technology will give birth to new threats and new measures should be taken to prevent that.
“If proper security and protection of data cannot be ensured, the level of risk will scale up, resulting in the collapse of the country’s finance and banking institutions, trade and investment entities and service sector,” he remarked.
Hamid also acknowledged the chances in the field of Information Technology as he mentioned about new concepts including ‘big data’.
Highlighting the progress in the field of ICT the President also suggested the authority concerned to take necessary legal steps to stop the ICT abuse
“Necessary legal instruments should be formulated, technological steps should be taken, awareness must be created and human resources should be developed. We also must take proper initiatives to protect our own social and religious values, culture and uniqueness,” Hamid said.
He also sought for the help from local ICT entrepreneurs as government initiatives alone can not attain the desired goal in that case.
The program was arranged by the The Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2017.
State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, , Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry Imran Ahmad among others, spoke on the occasion.