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Digital Security Agency policy finalized

  • Published at 03:47 pm June 13th, 2019
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The policy will be sent to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for vetting

The Department of Information and Communication Technology is poised not to carry out suggested amendments to the Digital Security Act. 

Instead, the draft of the Digital Security Agency Policy 2019 has been finalized. The policy will be sent to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, in the next week, for vetting.

The Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology, N M Ziaul Alam, said: “A policy has been finalized to implement the Digital Security Act.”

Additional Secretary of the same department, Md Rashedul Islam, added: “To ensure cyber security, there is a provision for more policies in the act. This act has not been formulated to punish anyone. 

"Its aim is to safeguard national security.”

The draft outlines the roles of the National Computer Emergency Team and Computer Emergency Response team; plus the establishment of international standard forensic laboratory.

The role of the digital security agency is to control and prevent crimes committed using digital devices and technology.

The chairman of the agency will be secretary of the department of information and technology. In addition, the executive committee will include the director general of the agency, representatives from BTRC and National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre, BTMC.

The National Computer Emergency Response Team will take instant action in case there is threat of cyber-attack. It will also work with international cyber-crime prevention teams. The draft policy mentions that adequate manpower will be provided for the agency.