Private sector urged to develop own system

Closing ceremony of tech summit held

Curbing dependency on foreign expertise in terms of providing information security, Salman F Rahman, vice chairman of Beximco Group, yesterday said that our private sector should come forward to develop its own information security system.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the two-day SAARC Tech Summit 2016, jointly organised by the by CTO (Chief Technology Officer) Forum, Bangladesh and INFOCOM India at the BIAM auditorium in the capital.
SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SAARC CCI) is providing assistance to the summit.

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Salman F Rahman, the founder chairman of SAARC CCI, termed the recent two incidents of Bangladesh Bank (BB) cyber heist and ATM forgery as two serious breeches in our information security system.
He said: “We should develop our own expertise to full-proof our own security system. Instead of depending on the foreign companies, we should develop our own companies to do that.”
He said that our bureaucrats have a certain mind set that only foreign nationals have the expertise to do the job. “I believe our young generation has huge potentials and they will be able to do it. Time and again they have proven that.”
He said that right policy making decisions could do wonders for a country like Bangladesh. “Two decisions of allowing back-to-back letter of credit and bonded warehouse have done wonders in our garment sector.”
Those decisions were taken by some brave government officials who took the decision against the tides. “I believe if our young generation approach the government in proper manner and make the decision makers understand the value of their proposal, they will get the policy support.”
Rahman said, seven years ago when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled her dream of creating a Digital Bangladesh, many people said that such dream could not be materialised.
“But in last seven years, we have come a long way and have achieved a lot of success in our IT sector. Lot more has to be done but so far our achievement has been remarkable.”
About the CTO Forum, he said that now people in Bangladesh are familiar with the term chief technology officer.
“Only decades ago, people were not even familiar with the term chief executive officer (CEO) as private sector didn’t flourish then. Now we have established CTO culture which proves how far we have come from that point.”
He said: “Everything is done digitally these days. Internationally technology has reached to such an extent, that you just can’t go back to manual platform anymore.  For that, security of information has become very important.”
Stressing on the importance of ensuring information security, he said that like quality control and internal audit department which run independently within an organisation, time has come to establish independent cyber security department too.
He termed Beximco group as pioneer in different technologies in Bangladesh, he said that he was the first person to bring personal computer and banking software in Bangladesh.
“I also brought the first fax machine in Bangladesh. When I brought it I needed 26 different signatures, the last one was from the then President Hussain Muhammad Ershad.”
Rahman later presented awards among four technology leaders representing four countries-Bhutan, India, Nepal and Srilanka.
Drugay Rana, CIO of Dungsam Cement Corporation Ltd, Dr Sundar Raj Vijaynagar, chief technology officer and group head of IT of SREI Equipment Finance Limited, Pramod Kumar Parmar, director, Backbone Transmission Directorate, Nepal telecom and Ramesh Shanmuganathan, executive vice president and group CEO of John Keels Holdings PLC received awards from their respective countries.
Shafquat Haider, chairman, Council for Communication & IT, SAARC CCI, N I Khan, former secretary, KK Mahapatro, organising secretary of INFOCOM and Tapan Kanti Sarkar, president of CTO Forum, were also present on the occasion.

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