Palak for cyber security courses in universities

Published : 31 Oct 2021 10:17 PM | Updated : 01 Nov 2021 03:22 PM

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak has emphasized on building personal, family and institutional awareness through the use of social media to express emotions or expressions. He said everyone should be aware that no quarter can tarnish the country's reputation and create chaos. He also said that a digital literacy center has been set up under the ICT department and training activities have been continued.

The state minister was speaking as the chief guest at the unveiling of important book Infrastructure Guidelines and Cyber Security Strategy 2021-2025 book at the BCC auditorium at ICT Tower in Agargaon on Sunday.

The state minister said the country has gained capacity in the hardware industry in the last four years, adding that technology entrepreneurs and businesses are now leading the world in cyber security in the last 20 months.

Presenting a documentary on the global demand for manpower in cyber security, he said that the demand for cyber security experts in the world is constantly increasing which cannot be met. There is currently a need for 35 lakh cyber security experts in the world. He called upon the University Grand Commission to introduce diploma courses, certificate courses and bachelor's degrees in the country's higher education institutions to meet the demand of global cyber security experts. He also highlighted the various plans taken by the government to build its capacity in the fourth industrial revolution.

Calling for caution in the use of social media for cyber security, Palak said that Facebook unknowingly collects 70,000 pieces of information from users. Social media is doing business using the weak points in this information using artificial intelligence technology and earning billions upon billions of dollars. On the other hand, through this weak and false information, lives and property have been destroyed in Ramu in 2012, Nasir Nagar in 2016, Thakurpara in 2017 and Bhola in 2019 and in Comilla, 

Noakhali, Chandpur and Rangpur in 2021.

The Minister of State advised to take utmost care in disclosing our valuable, sensitive and personal data to avoid such situations.

Bikram Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Hi-Tech Park Authority and Khairul Amin, Director General, Digital Security Agency also spoke on the occasion under the chairmanship of NM Ziaul Alam, Senior Secretary, ICT Department.

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