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ED: Protecting ourselves from cyber threats

  • Published at 05:31 am February 23rd, 2021
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This is not the first time a governmental institution in Bangladesh has faced trouble from cyber-attacks

The recent report of possible cyber-attacks on six Bangladeshi financial and governmental institutions is an alarming one. The organizations -- Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Police, bKash, BRAC Bank, Islami Bank Bangladesh, and Corona.gov.bd -- are all popular, and any breach in their systems could be a problem nobody wants on their hands.

It is good to see though, that the e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (e-Gov CIRT) promptly identified and alerted the institutions to take further security measures. This responsiveness has been commendable, but the question of whether or not this is enough remains.

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This is not the first time a governmental institution in Bangladesh has faced trouble from cyber-attacks, Bangladesh Bank being a victim of cyber heist in 2016, and once again detecting malware in its system in January of this year.

The concern right now must not be limited to only looking into and identifying the current hacking attempts, but also protecting against future ones. As we have previously editorialized, this will include putting security measures in place to specifically deal with cyber threats, as well as generating awareness about digital security among the public. In regards to the latter, the masses are particularly vulnerable to phishing attempts, and this must be tackled through focusing on and investing more in digital literacy.

With the country greatly focusing on the development of Digital Bangladesh, the threats that come alongside the benefits of digitizing services should always remain a priority, as should making sure we are protected against them.