Islamabad: Pakistan government’s Cyber Security Centre has been inaugurated at Air University in Islamabad to deal with cyber security challenges in the digital age.
Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated the nation’s first-ever National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS). The ceremony was attended by Vice-Chancellor of Air University AVM (R) Faaiz Amir along with VCs of various partner universities and other dignitaries.
Ahsan Iqbal re-affirmed the government’s commitment to wipe out plague of terrorism from the country, saying terrorism had been curtailed to a large extent and the fight was still continuing to completely eradicate it.
“We made the National Action Plan (NAP) and launched a full-fledged operation against terrorists in the country, which will continue till complete annihilation of terrorists and extremists,” he said.
Faaiz Amir informed that Air University is also commencing a four year BS cyber security programme, which is designed to develop modern cyber security skills and apply them to manage computers, systems, and networks from cyber-attacks. The programme would increase the awareness and knowledge about cyber security in Pakistani students, he added.
Cyber security encompasses technologies, processes and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber attacks. Pakistan’s Cyber Security Centre aims to develop advanced tools and research technologies to protect Pakistan’s cyberspace, sensitive data, and local economy from the cyber-attacks.
The headquarter of the National Centre for Cyber Security will be based at Air University Islamabad with labs at different universities of Pakistan including Bahria University Islamabad, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Information Technology University Lahore (ITU), Lahore University of Managment Sciences (LUMS), University of Peshawar, University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, University of Nowshera, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), NED University Karachi, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore and University of Engineering and Technology Taxila.
Cyber-attackspose an enormous threat to the national economy, defence and security, National Security Adviser, Nasser Khan Janjua, earlier said.
After repeated calls from experts to secure the cyber space, Pakistan government has finally launched the centre to protect the cyberspace, sensitive data, and local economy from the cyber-attacks.
Last week, country’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) also established a cyber security wing on modern lines to evolve cyber security strategies and to meet emerging cyber terrorism threats.