National Cybersecurity Policy Emphasizes Digital Transformation and Mitigating Cyberattacks

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have played a key role in revolutionizing the world. Pakistan has also embraced the path of digital transformation to harness the benefits of ICT. The increased use of digital services exposes information assets to a host of cybersecurity threats. In the absence of a domestic ICT and cybersecurity industry, Pakistan relies heavily on imported hardware, software and services. This reliance, inadequate national security standards and weak policies have made Pakistan’s IT systems vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity assurance requires appropriate structures and processes for governance, regulation, implementation and enforcement. Any absence or weakness of regulatory structures constitutes a threat to cybersecurity. Effective response to risks, threats and attacks requires a coordinated effort through a series of response teams. The vision is that Pakistan has a secure, robust and continuously improving national digital ecosystem. This policy will stimulate demand in the local computer industry to ensure the quality delivery of its products and services.

National Cybersecurity Policy Emphasizes Digital Transformation and Mitigating Cyberattacks

There will also be a focus on promoting online businesses and making digital payments work. The National Cybersecurity Policy aims to protect online data privacy and citizen security and enhance national prosperity in the digital realm. The policy also aims to create a national culture of cybersecurity awareness through mass communication and education programs and to train qualified cybersecurity professionals. Relevant stakeholders will also undertake specific actions to ensure a cyber-secure environment. These include

  • Work with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Telcos to block malware attacks.
  • Promote security best practices through Internet governance organizations.
    Develop an Internet Protocol (IP) reputation service to protect government digital services.
  • Encourage a culture of “responsibility” and “self-governance” such as the National Cybersecurity Policy 202111.
  • Develop a mechanism for critical information infrastructure protection and integration at the entity level through relevant sector CERTs.
  • Create a vulnerability management and patch management program for government technology systems.
  • Create an information assurance framework for cybersecurity audits and compliance requirements for all public and private sector entities.
  • Fostering an enabling environment for entrepreneurship based on cooperation between government, industry, academia and research institutes in different fields, e.g. supply chain risk management, etc.

Pakistan’s top-down and bottom-up approach is key to creating a cyber-aware culture. The Ministry of IT and Telecommunications will play a key role in advancing the country’s position on the international forum and make recommendations for joining international collaborations. In order to achieve the defined objectives, it is imperative to put in place legal frameworks for e-governance.

These will be formulated after consultation with stakeholders and will include the formulation of the national cybersecurity plan and related cybersecurity laws. The objective of improving Pakistan’s ICT ranking based on international indices and benchmarks will be achieved by focusing on key areas which include Internet of Things, Ransomware, AI (Artificial Intelligence), serverless applications, critical national infrastructures, sophisticated phishing campaigns, cloud computing. , Cyber ​​Security Awareness, Hacker Services and Skills Shortages.

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