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Cyber drill for varsity students

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Cyber drill for varsity students

The government will conduct cyber drill for university students to develop digital skills of young generation and improve the country’s position in cyber security index.

Bangladesh Computer Incident Response Team (BdCIRT) will conduct it to provide practical knowledge of challenges on virtual space, project director Tarique M Barkatullah told the Daily Sun on Tuesday.

Cyber drill is aimed at improving the readiness and involvement level in the event of an information and cyber security attacks and testing the familiarity of the participants with, and effectiveness of, the relevant 'incident response' processes.

The drill will be held on August 23-24 on online platform amid the pandemic while 277 teams comprising 1078 participants have registered for the Inter-University Cyber Drill-2021.

Bangladesh Computer Council and Digital Security Agency will be co-organisers of the event.

Bangladesh ranked 53rd in the latest edition of the Global Cyber Security Index of International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The index is based on weighted scores for legal system, technical skills, organisational system, capacity building and mutual cooperation.

Scoring 100, the USA was at the highest position on the index. That may come as a surprise given the numerous high-profile hacks of American cyber security infrastructure that have come to light in recent months, including interrupting the supply of critical utilities

The UK and Saudi Arabia were in second position with a score of 99.54 and Estonia is in third with a score of 99.48. Bangladesh ranked 11th in the Asia Pacific region where Korea ranked first scoring 97.52.