On August 24th, 2023, Inspira Advisory & Consulting Limited orchestrated a webinar titled “The Future of Cybersecurity for Businesses in Bangladesh” as part of the “ব্যবসায় ডিজিটাল সুরক্ষা” campaign. This event gathered cybersecurity experts and legal professionals to address pressing issues affecting businesses in the country. Distinguished speakers provided valuable insights into cybersecurity challenges, legal frameworks, and strategies.
The webinar’s agenda was comprehensive, aiming to explore the multifaceted realm of cybersecurity within the context of Bangladeshi businesses. Discussions included defining key concepts, identifying challenges, discussing legal frameworks, and charting a course for the future. A recurring theme throughout the discussion emphasized the paramount importance of digital literacy, digital hygiene, and fostering public-private collaborations to create a secure digital environment.
The panel featured Syed Nasirullah, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner, CTTC, DMP, as the chief guest, Md Saimum Reza Talukder, Senior Lecturer at BRAC University, as the keynote speaker, and panelists Barrister Najmus Salehin, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court; Tanvir Hasan Zoha, Assistant Professor at BUBT; and Kaniz Fatema, CEO of BdOSN. They shared insights on cybersecurity’s legal frameworks, digital literacy, and the crucial role of public-private partnerships in securing businesses in Bangladesh.
Keynote Speaker Md Saimum Reza Talukder initiated the event by delving into various facets of cybersecurity. He stressed the need for synchronized laws, enhanced digital safety, and the leadership role Bangladesh can play. Saimum also addressed existing and proposed laws, policies, and strategies, emphasizing the urgency of swift responses to cybercrime incidents.
Chief guest Syed Nasirullah provided a nuanced perspective. He acknowledged, “The Bangladesh Legal Framework aligns with international standards, but there are enforcement gaps due to unique circumstances. Different government entities govern cybersecurity.” He further highlighted the unique circumstances in Bangladesh and the collaborative efforts between government entities, such as Consumer Rights Protection and the ICT ministry’s support for overseeing e-commerce.
Barrister Najmus Salehin voiced concerns about the current state of the cybersecurity culture. She mentioned that “Digital literacy, hygiene, and the ICT Act 2006 are crucial for businesses. Clarity on upcoming laws is needed.” She emphasized the significance of the ICT Act 2006 for businesses and called for clarity on upcoming laws.
Tanvir Hasan Zoha underscored the necessity of regulation for online businesses, saying, “Mandatory regulation for digital startups is necessary. SMEs need clear information sources for cybersecurity assistance.” He also highlighted the challenges businesses, particularly SMEs, face in seeking cybersecurity assistance, especially in areas outside metropolitan regions.
Kaniz Fatema shed light on the struggles of SMEs, particularly women entrepreneurs, saying, “Digital literacy is a hurdle for many SMEs. A public-private partnership can bridge the gaps and develop a well-rounded ecosystem.” She echoed the call for a holistic approach to cybersecurity through public-private partnerships, aiming to bridge existing gaps and provide support to businesses.
The panelists collectively addressed the intricacies of cybersecurity in Bangladesh, stressing the need for collaboration, digital education, and strategic legal enforcement to create a more secure and conducive environment for businesses in the digital age.