23rd July 2020, Kathmandu
Women in Big Data-Nepal Successfully Hosts Virtual Panel Discussion on Data Breach and Security in Nepal.
Women in Big Data (WiBD)- Nepal organized a virtual panel discussion session titled “Belt Your Data” to share knowledge and facts on the status of data security and breaches in Nepal. The event was hosted on the Zoom Platform on 19 July, Sunday. A total of 125 interested audiences participated in the session.
The three panelists were Dovan Rai, Narayan Koirala, and Prabin Subedi. The session was moderated by Anjani Phyual (Asia lead of WiBD) and Yudina Poudel (Executive Member-Networking, WiBD). All the active members of WiBD-Nepal were also present in the event.
The event was categorized into three phases. From “What is data?” to “How data breach occurs?” to “How to prevent a data breach?” were covered with the focus on the context of Nepal. Numerous laws and acts specifically to data and data breach were discussed, which gave the general audience a detailed understanding of the current policies in the context of Nepal.
Sharing her ideas on the session, Dovan Rai – a Data scientist and Education Coordinator – said, “Data Security is like wearing a mask for preventing COVID-19; everyone should protect their data to prevent data breach”. She also shared examples of a few globally known data hacks and breaches to aware of the audience.
Similarly, Narayan Koirala, who has profound knowledge on the technical field, said, “Both data protection and data breach are growing side by side in Nepal. The level of data security has reached the next level, and depth of data defense mechanisms has also increased in the country”. This calmed the audience amid the chaos of data breach and its negative impact on our data.
Likewise, the third panelist Prabin Subedi, an active practicing lawyer of Nepal, shared, “Along with being aware of the laws and acts related to data in Nepal, one should be more aware of their data and its privacy.” Moreover, he said that Nepal is trying its best to implement data-related laws and has reached one of the top countries in Asia as well as the world to practice such laws.
Highlighting more on the event, it had an active question and answer sessions among the audience and panelists. The feedback taken from the audience poll suggested the incident was fruitful to all the participants. The game went interactively and interesting as few votes were generated in between the discussion. This kept the audience engaging.
After the success of this first event, Women in Big Data Nepal is looking forward to organizing more activities that can help develop awareness and educate people on data-related topics.