Tuesday, 28 March, 2023

Countering cyber crimes: Internet safety solution in the offing

Amid the growing cyber crimes, the government now wants to introduce a monitoring and regulatory framework for ensuring the security of all information, including monitoring and prevention of internet-based cyber crimes.


“We’re thinking of putting in place a monitoring and regulatory framework titled ‘Internet Safety Solution’,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith shared the idea while delivering his budget speech in parliament on Thursday.


After becoming the victim of cyber crime attacks repeatedly, Muhith said, they have no other alternative to strengthening the ICT system.


In addition, the Finance Minister said, the government has a plan to issue Mobile Number Portability (MNP) licenses with a view to upgrading customer services and protecting customers’ mobile numbers.  “In this context, a guideline has recently been approved.”


The government is also mulling to establish Base Transmission Stations (BTS) in all metropolitan cities, districts and upazilas, and install 300 km long optical fiber lines and transmission equipments throughout the country for interconnecting the BTSs with a view to extending high-speed broad band services in the country, the Finance Minister said.


The minister proposed Tk 1836 crore as budgetary allocation for Information and Communication Technology division for the fiscal 2016- 2017 of which Tk 229 crore for non-development expenditure and Tkk 1606 crore for development ones.


Meanwhile, Muhith proposed Tk 2513 crore as budgetary allocation for Posts and Telecommunications Division of which Tk 979 crore for non-development expenditure and Tk 1534 crore for development ones.


Till now, Muhith said Bangladesh has made significant progress in developing and expanding information-technology infrastructure and improving the quality of internet services.


The number of mobile and internet subscribers has increased respectively to approximately 13.20 crore and 6.20 crore by the end of April 2016, he said.


International internet bandwidth has also been raised to 180 gbs. On the other hand, up to now 5,275 digital centres have been established all over the country.


More than 25,000 web sites including those of upazilas, districts, divisions, departments and directorates have been added to national web portal.


Muhith mentioned that the government has initiated the registration of SIM/RIM to ensure cyber security and prevent the use of information technology in cyber crimes.


He said a wide range of programmes for establishing High-tech Park, Software Technology Park and IT Village have been undertaken in order to realize Digital Bangladesh.


“We’re expecting to open up the 'Jessore Software Technology Park' to the investors by 2016,” he said.


Steps have been taken to build a Tier-4 data centre at Kaliakoir in Gazipur with a view to making national database ICT-based, Muhith said.


“We’re working towards the development of National Enterprise Architecture (NEA) to solve the problem of interoperability and simplify the process for smooth operation of e-governance activities.”


The Finance Minister said establishment of ‘Cable Landing Station’ at Kuakata in Patuakhali district for second submarine cable named “SEA-ME-WE-5” is underway.