ISLAMABAD ( BMZ REPORT )
The Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman chaired a meeting of national level cyber security response committee here at MoIT Islamabad today. Federal Secretary IT Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Member Telecom, Member IT, Member Legal, DG-PCB, representatives from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, Cabinet Division, PTA, FIA, Focal persons on IT and Cyber security from armed forces (JS HQs) and representatives from ISI, Air force and Navy were also present at the meeting.
Mrs. Anusha Rahman stated that cyber security is an issue of global concern and countries are adopting cyber governance frameworks as increasingly cyberspace is being used as vehicle of crime and other social ills, which necessitates its security safety and resilience in order to foster its positive dimensions that includes bridging the digital divide while influencing every aspect of out economic and social activities. We need a holistic approach and coordinated efforts to ensure the security of the data right from the cell phone of an individual to the government ICT data/information.
Mrs. Anusha Rahman shared the renowned models of Europe, Turkey, Caribbean and current proposed model of CTO on cyber governance with the participants of the meeting and stressed that in order to evolve a comprehensive cyber governance framework, international best practice must be thoroughly studied.
While devising the Cyber governance framework it is important to ensure that we all collectively contribute towards a safe and an effective global cyber space, supporting broader economic and social development with a multi stakeholder approach whilst exercising our rights and meeting our responsibilities, the Minister added. All stakeholders have agreed to present their comments/suggestions to MoIT in next 6 weeks. Next meeting will be held in the 3rd week of August, after which the recommendations will be forwarded to the Honorable Prime Minister.