Speakers at a seminar yesterday suggested that when you go on to browse the cyberspace, you need to think before you click anything in order to stay safe.
The cyberspace is not safe anymore but its users have the power to make it safer, they added.
They also opined that a national cybersecurity awareness programme should be designed to engage and educate public and private sectors through events and initiatives.
The views came during the seminar titled “You are not safe! Digital security for every citizen” held as part of Digital World 2016 at the International Convention Centre in Dhaka's Bashundhara.
At the seminar, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said cybercrime was increasing day by day and it had become a challenge for law enforcement agencies to control criminal activities on the cyberspace.
He said: “There many things to do to ensure security and our law enforcement agencies are working on it.”
“But awareness should be created among the users of cyberspace,” he added.
The home minister expressed hope saying: “However, we think that there is no challenge we cannot overcome. We will ensure Digital security.”
On the issue, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for the ICT Ministry, said: “We have been thinking how we can ensure digital security. In this regard, the Digital Security Act, a draft of which has been in the legislative for approval, will help in ensuring security.
“Under this act, we will be able to initiate a digital security council and a forensic lab for this purpose.”
The state minister for ICT further said: “Digital security has become a cross-border issue now. So it should be faced internationally. We have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China and Thailand, and another one will soon be signed with India.”
Almas Zaman, security researcher of MetroNet Bangladesh Ltd, presented a keynote paper at the seminar.
In his speech, he said: “We have to keep some basic facts in mind when we think about digital security. For instance, we should not use a common password for the different services we use and we should update all applications and software regularly to keep our data secured.”
“Think before you click in order to avoid online threats”, he added.
Expressing a similar opinion, Syed Almas Kabir, director of BASIS, said: “We should use our common sense regarding cybersecurity and think about the measures we usually take to protect ourselves daily.”
Among the others, Mohammad Arfe Elahi, IT manager of a2i programme, Arafatul Hasan, ICT manager at Tunnien Oy, Maruf Rahman, chapter president of ISSA, and Quazi Zaman, CEO of Cricket Point, spoke briefly at the seminar.