By Moneeb Junior
ISLAMABAD, 29th March 2018: With the growing use of internet in every work of life and the current rapid transformation of ICTs enabled services especially in education, health and other walks of life, there is an urgent need to make the cyber space of Pakistan secure. Globally cyber security is the part of overall strategy to promote the use of latest technologies in good governance initiatives. The most recent global initiative in this regard is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has now become the real road map of development in Pakistan.
In the light of this background, there is an urgent need to adopt Cyber Security Policy & Strategy and to bring in place an Eco-System where all players of Cyber Security in Public and Private Sector could work together. Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA) headed by Mr. Ammar Jaffri, Former Addl Director General FIA is working for the promotion of Cyber Security in Pakistan since 2005 with the support of CIT. Center of Information Technology (CIT) is twenty five years old Computer Science Degree Institution of a Govt Sector University and plus ten thousand IT Graduates from CIT are currently serving in different public and private sector organizations.
With this background an International Conference on Cyber Secure Pakistan Vision-2025 was organized on 29th March 2018 in Pak China Friendship Center Islamabad. The Chief Guest of the Conference was Lt General (R) Nasser Janjua National Security Advisor to PM of Pakistan and attended by Ten Speakers from abroad including CEO Cyber Security Malysia and VP ICANN. Other Speakers of the Conference were VCs, Heads of Telecom Companies and Senior Officers from Government Organizations. Cyber Secure Pakistan 2018 was attended by all walks of life including students, public and private sector.
Several cyber security issues were highlighted in the conference and appropriate solutions were recommended. We need awareness of Cyber Security and Cyber Crime at grass root level, the conference was highly appreciated by the audience and encouraged the authorities to organize such conferences at all levels from bottom to top.
A special session was also the part of the conference which specifically focused on Cyber Security of Women and Girls in Pakistan. Young female participants were introduced to the cyber laws so they can report cyber crimes to Law Enforcement Agencies.
Law Enforcement Agencies and Government Officials at the conference suggested several reforms in our current cyber laws and policies. Lack of cyber security awareness is the main reason of cyber crimes as a large number of internet users are unsecure. Conferences such as Cyber Secure Pakistan 2018 are playing a major role in spreading awareness about cyber security in Pakistan.
The Prime Objectives of the Conference was to bring in place an ECO-SYSTEM where all Public and Private Sector Organizations could work together for a Cyber Secure Pakistan and establish their Computer Emergency Response Teams, CIT-CERT Coordination Center has been established to perform the following practices:
- Train and build the capacity of public and private sectors organizations to establish their own CERTs (Low cost solutions)
- Educate organizations and stake holders on the risks if they do not have CERT and benefits if they have CERTs
- Issue cyber threat alerts and advisories to members of the CIT CERT Coordination center. So that they could remain secure from cyber-attacks.
- Linking the members with regional and global CERTs for sharing knowledge and to adopt Pro-Active approach in Cyber Security.
Mr. Ammar Jafri concluded the session by thanking all participants and volunteers, wishing them good luck for a successful conference.