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Mid-level businesses most vulnerable to cyber-attack

► 66pc of business enterprises have experienced cyber-attacks across the globe ► The rate of such attacks surged by 80pc between 2002 and 2020 ► FBCCI will launch awareness programmes on cyber security

  • Special Correspondent
  • 23 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Mid-level businesses most vulnerable to cyber-attack
FBCCI Acting President and Senior Vice-President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu is seen at the second meeting of the FBCCI Standing Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at FBCCI office in the capital on Thursday.

Bangladesh is at a great risk of cyber-attacks in businesses and financial institutions like other developed countries, said the speakers at a FBCCI meeting.

Medium-level businesses are the most vulnerable to cyber-threats as these business houses lack sufficient technical capabilities and staff awareness to deal with cyber-attacks, they said.

Speakers at the second meeting of the FBCCI Standing Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Digitization of Trade Bodies expressed their concerns over the matter.

Around 66 percent of the business enterprises across the globe experienced cyber-attacks at least once, they also informed.

The meeting was held at the office of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in Dhaka on Thursday.

Between 2002 and 2020, the rate of such attacks increased by 80 percent, the speakers told the meeting.

Around 93 percent of cyber-attacks occur through phishing emails while hacking through Social media engineering is also increasing, according to them.

Therefore, the entrepreneurs called for awareness building and cyber education among the employees to secure the important information of their organisation.

At the meeting, Standing Committee Director In-Charge Syed Almas Kabir said that FBCCI will undertake awareness activities to ensure the protection of information of business organisations including hosting a number of seminars and releasing awareness posters illustrating cyber hygiene.

Committee members also complained that most of the government online services are not effective. They said online license and certification systems, especially, often cause suffering to the traders.

Acting President and Senior Vice President of FBCCI Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu was present as the chief guest at the meeting.

He urged the Standing Committee to take effective measures to ensure cyber security in Bangladesh.

The acting president of FBCCI said information technology is one of the most potential sectors and the committee should devise strategies to harness the potential.

Chairman of the committee Md. Shahid-Ul-Munir presided over the meeting and urged the members to work together to ensure cyber security.

Co-chairmen Md. Nazmul Karim Biswas Kajal, Md. Motahar Hoshan Khan, other members of the committee and secretary general of FBCCI Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque were also present at the meeting.