Experts suggested both government and non-government institutions should avoid installing free software on their computers in order to protect the respective organisations from possible cyberattacks.
Besides, they should not use pirated software injected with malware and instead use the original ones to keep their institutions safe from cyber threats and hackers as well, they observed.
Lutfor Rahman, chief executive officer of CONTESSA, said, “Security is not a product but a matter of practice. Not the IT department of an institution alone, we have to engage all the professionals of a company to practise it.”
About software using, Lutfor Rahman also said, “Some software companies offer their software free of cost. Why do they do so? They inject malware to their software. This malware can remain dormant for months or even years. It works at the time of need and hacks data.”
He said this software is very harmful to use as it is the biggest threat to cyber security.
In order to ensure a safe cyber world, 3.5 million cybersecurity experts will be globally needed by 2021 whereas the world currently has only 2 million. So there is currently a huge scarcity in cybersecurity experts, Lutfor Rahman said.
Mentioning password setting a very important aspect, he suggested selecting password with at least 12 digit including numbers, letters and symbols.
Engr Shamsur Rahman Chowdhury, senior executive vice-president of NCC Bank, said, “Sometimes IT experts suggest recovering data by a backup system. But the data of banking sector are very sensitive while backup system is insecure.”
“The most important thing is that where we can save our data in a secure way. The security system of Google drive, Cloud and e-mail was hacked many times. So those systems are also questionable,” said Mr Chowdhury.
He also said, “Banking sector needs a disaster recovery plan. More than 20 percent business institutions in the country have no disaster recovery plan. How can they retrieve data during a big necessity?”
As a result, he suggested, in the banking system, core banking requires using security software the most. Besides, card management, mobile banking, and agent banking need a strong cybersecurity system.
AHM Mohsin, regional head of SOPHOS Technologies, said institutions should think about information technology security system on a broader canvas.
“We need to communicate with and engage all the professionals in the cybersecurity sector because every operating system is important,” he said.
Tamim Wahid Al-Helal, head of the IT of BSRM, said sometimes cybersecurity system becomes so critical that 100 percent computers of an organisation get hacked but the authority does not know.
“So, we need to imply every management of every organisation to prioritise cybersecurity”, he said.