‘Be careful in downloading new apps’

Terming a large number of available mobile apps as potential ‘information hacking source’, State Minister for ICT Division, Junaid Ahmed Palak on Thursday asked people to be more cautious about downloading and using mobile apps.

Palak was speaking as the chief guest at the International Cyber Security Conference held at the Conference room of Bangladesh Computer Council. ICT Division organized the conference on the first year anniversary of the Incident Response Team of the ICT Division.

The State Minister said that around 75% of the mobile apps available in the market have very poor security. “When you provide your personal information in those apps and get registered with those, you become a possible victim of information theft.”

He said that as the security measures of most of the apps are very poor, hackers can easily breech those and get necessary information. “In this era, information is the new gold. Organizations are paying millions of dollars for information so that they can formulate advertisement campaigns for targeted customer groups.”

Palak said that in each year, the usage of data is increased by 44% in Bangladesh. “It’s hard to imagine what percentage of this data usage is secured.”

The State Minister urged the common people to check the rating and comments before downloading and using any mobile app.
About the cyber security in the government establishment, Palak said that a total of 22 establishments of the government are under cyber security threat.

“We have brought relevant experts from abroad and taken necessary measures to strengthen the cyber security of those establishments,” said Palak.

Speaking on the occasion, , Tareq Barkatullah, director of national data centre and deputy project director of Leverage of ICT (LICT) said, the nature of cyber crime is diversified and the prevention measures against the crime should also be diversified.

“Plans are being taken to digitalize almost all of the documents of the government offices. If someone manually steals any paper documents or files from the government offices, then he can be caught if someone spots him. But if someone steals the documents from a computer, then tracing that is very hard”, he said.

Barkatullah said, such crime could only be detected by the person who has specialized training on the issue. “That’s why the government office will have a designated official to tackle the cyber crime. Besides, such provision of having cyber crime prevention official will help to achieve the government offices the ISO 27001 standard”

It is to be noted that the ISO 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure. ISO 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).
Rimantas Jailis, former Finance Minister of Lithunia presented the key note paper during the inaugural session of the day long program. Cyber security experts from world renown Fireeye, NRDS, CA Technologies, Microspft, Cisco, Reve System and One World USA took part in the seminar.

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