Federal cabinet approved Pakistan’s first National Cyber Security Policy that the IT ministry had prepared to ensure the safety of online data on Tuesday 27th July. The policy has been introduced keeping in view the enhanced significance of the cyber regime.
The policy highlights that to counter these threats, the IT ministry will help establish active cyber defence and cyber security governance, protect internet-based services, ensure protection and resilience of national critical information structures, protection of the government’s information systems and infrastructure, develop information security assurance framework, increase awareness of cyber security and develop cybercrime response mechanisms and regulations.
The primary objective of the policy is to ensure the protection of online data and information of citizens, public and private institutions. Under the policy, the government will form computer emergency response teams at the national, sectoral and institutional levels.
It will set up Cyber Governance Policy Committee to ensure the protection of online data and information of citizens, public and private institutions. IT Minister Aminul Haq said that the government had also approved a budget of Rs1.92 billion for a national-level response team, which the government would constitute under the new cyber security policy.
The government will set up the Cyber Governance Policy Committee for the implementation of cyber security policy, its oversight, strategy and action.
The minister said that cyberattack on a Pakistani institution would be considered an attack on national security. In case of a cyberattack, the government will take all necessary measures and retaliatory action. He added that the government would also equip experts with all essential and modern tools to ensure national cyber security under the new policy.