Azerbaijan works toward cyber-security

By: Nigar Orujova

In today’s world where the issue of security transfers to the virtual reality, superpowers blame each other over allegation of cyber terror – cyber spies are now the new danger.

A global system of the Internet that now links several billion devices worldwide has experienced sustained exponential growth from the early 1990s.

The rapid development of technology and the widespread use of computer devices are changing the world every day and thus challenge all and every entity involved to rethink safety. Everything is now connected to the Internet and its danger may affect anyone.

Today, Azerbaijan is one of the leading countries implementing high technology in the region. The country is confidently striving to enter the world’s ICT race.

In Azerbaijan, internet penetration started its victorious conquest some 10 years ago, as the country’s economy stabilized after gaining independence. Today, over 70 percent of Azerbaijan’s population has access to the Internet and 50 percent are broadband internet users – twice the world average.

The country is now developing its broadband Internet project, which aims to bring Azerbaijani Internet to the level of developed countries by 2017.

This is a new challenge for Internet users in this Southern Caucasus country. In Azerbaijan, the population is highly computerized and computer skills have become a major requirement for all applicants.

Internet literacy in the country is also developing, as well as computer literacy is increasing in schools, for both pupils and teachers.

“Taking into account the fact that we live in the information age, internet literacy in the country is increasing day by day,” the Electronic Security Center told AzerNews.

The Center’s representative, Ellada Mustafayeva said skills in using the Internet have developed since the use of ICT and Internet has been simplified and the burden of business processes has been reduced in different areas and institutions of the country.

The e-security center, created in 2013, aims to protect users from online threats, malware cyber-attacks and other adversities.

Widespread access to programs that are not preventing information security violation and do not meet safety requirements of the global Internet network development, shows that danger is imminent, she said.

SOURCE: Azer News