Information and security experts say that telecommunication has become a major threat for everyone, even though it appeared as a blessing for the modern world.
Experts say new applications used for cybercrime are gradually becoming a major threat in cyber space. A combined initiative in the regional and global level is a must to combat the problem because any local effort by a single country will not be enough.
They raised the issue on Tuesday while discussing cybersecurity, online safety, data privacy and protection in the second day of the five day-long Commonwealth ICT and Telecommunications forum 2019 at a city hotel.
The five-day long event, hosted by the posts and telecommunication division in collaboration with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, started on Monday.
Md Monirul Islam, additional commissioner and chief of counter terrorism, and transitional crime unit, took part at the day's third session titled "Cybersecurity".
In his speech, Monirul said, "We have a good collaboration with our local mobile and digital service providers. But terrorists are now committing crimes using different applications such as Facebook, Imo, Viber, etc which are beyond our existing regulation capability."
He urged commonwealth member countries to form a forum to combat cybercrime.
Major General Md Emdad Ul Bari, vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals chaired the session.
Martin Koyabe, manager (technical support and consultancy division) of the commonwealth telecommunications organisation presented the keynote paper at the session.
He said, "Cybercrime happens in different ways. Even the insiders of an organisation or a company commit cybercrime. We need to improve surveillance and tighten privacy regulation to combat the crimes."
At the early session of the day, experts spoke about apps-based telecommunication activities.
They said it is high time we regulate apps because most cybercrime is taking place through these apps.
They also voiced concern over the alarming impact that apps have on society, even though these apps facilitate communication in many ways.