The government in collaboration with a global cyber security firm is going to develop a modern ‘National Cyber Defense and Cyber Security Doctrine’ to check the fast growing cybercrime, intellectual property theft, industrial espionage or IT infrastructure abuse.
The World Bank financed Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) has appointed a Norwegian cyber security consulting firm-NRD Cyber Security (NRDCS)-to develop a modern national cyber defense and cyber security doctrine, official sources said.
Executive Director of BCC S. M. Ashraful Islam said Digitization is progressing fast in Bangladesh and it (Bangladesh) is now one of the emerging Asian destinations for sourcing software, information-technology enabled services and business outsourcing.
BCC sources said as per the agreement the NRD CS will establish a ‘National Computer Incidents Response Team (CIRT)’ for Bangladesh in three stages: certified BCC CIRT, government/ministry CIRT and extended CIRT as de facto National CIRT.
“During establishment of CIRT activities, the NRD CS will consult and provide technical assistance which will result in drafting mandates, regulations, applications and launching information systems,” said NRD CS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Vilius Benetis while unveiling plan on Thursday at BCC about the development of National Cyber defense and cyber doctrine.
He said the development of modern cyber defense and cyber doctrine will be legitimate, inclusive and based on deep technological knowledge in order to improve Bangladesh’s capacity to manage the risks related to digital revolution.
Dr. Vilius said added that protection of cyberspace is a must to grow the IT based economy.
Director of National Data Center and LICT Deputy Project Director Tarique M Barkatullah said the major activities of NRD CS will be to establish National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), provide training to stakeholders relating to CIRT and support the security programme of the government of Bangladesh.
The other supporting activities and deliverables include preparation of the government of Bangladesh Information Security Manual, report on Bangladesh Information Security Classification and Information Protection Tools, Telecommunication and ISPs Information Security Manual, Cybercrime Legislation, Cyber security awareness campaign and consensus building as well as CIRT trainings, he said.