BSS, Dhaka :

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.

"The government is working to create the conditions for the businesses and citizens to act in a secure and non-toxic digital environment," Executive Director of BCC S. M. Ashraful Islam told BSS yesterday. He 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.

"We have to protect our people, own IT services and infrastructure and that is why we have appointed an internationally reputed firm to develop a modern national cyber defense and cyber doctrine," said Ashraf. BCC sources said as per the agreement the NRDCS 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 NRDCS will consult and provide technical assistance which will result in drafting mandates, regulations, applications and launching information systems," said NRDCS 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.

"Bangladesh's new economy, largely based on the development of IT industry, is expected to improve the socio-economic condition and livelihood of people," Dr. Vilius said, adding that protection of cyberspace is a must to grow the IT based economy.