ED: Digital Bangladesh needs to be digitally secure

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A single hacker group was responsible for attacking over 200 organizations in Bangladesh alone

It is encouraging to note that the Digital Security Agency, Bangladesh Computer Council, and the Cyber Warfare and Information Technology Directorate under the Bangladesh Air Force have signed an MoU in order collaborate on issues of cyber security and improve the air force’s capacity to deal with the threat of increasing cyber attacks.

In this digital age, and indeed within Digital Bangladesh, a weak cyber security framework is as unacceptable as it is to have a house without a door and, unfortunately, lacklustre governmental policy and widespread corruption within our public institutions have done exactly that.

Memories of the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist are all too fresh, in which security hackers were almost successful in stealing close to $1 billion worth of tax-payer money, and subsequent revelations regarding our national bank’s cyber security status have been far from reassuring.

When even the largest international organizations with some of the best security software in place are falling victim to hackers — recently, ransomware has been making headlines, attacking anything from multi-billion dollar corporations to hospitals — we must ensure that, when it comes to cyber security, there should be no stone left unturned.

In fact, a single hacker group was responsible for attacking over 200 organizations in Bangladesh alone.  

As such, authorities have a duty to raise widespread awareness regarding digital threats that people and organizations might face. In addition, our public institutions must be provided the best cyber security measures we can afford.