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National CERT participated in the initiative undertaken by the National Defense University in Islamabad to host a series of rountable discussions on ‘Cyber Security in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities’

The initiative undertaken by the National Defense University in Islamabad to host a series of roundtable discussions on “𝐶𝑦𝑏𝑒𝑟 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑃𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛: 𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑂𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠” in a seminar on “𝐸𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑇𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦” represents a significant step towards addressing the pressing issues in this domain. These discussions served as a platform for bringing together experts, policymakers, and practitioners from diverse sectors to deliberate on the multifaceted aspects of cyber security. Dr. Haider Abbas, the Director-General of National CERT – Pakistan, played a pivotal role in moderating the round table sessions. The sessions represented a significant initiative by National CERT to address the pressing issues within the cyber security domain. The participation of key stakeholders from defense, government, industry, and academia underscored the collaborative approach necessary to tackle cybersecurity challenges effectively. Each stakeholder brought unique insights and perspectives to the table, enriching the discussions and contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand.
Throughout the sessions, in-depth discussions covered open challenges confronting Pakistan’s cyber security landscape, including cybersecurity infrastructure, policy frameworks, threat landscape analysis, capacity building, and international cooperation. These series of roundtable discussions culminated in a final seminar at the National Defense University, acting as a catalyst for fostering heightened awareness, collaboration, and strategic thinking in the realm of cyber security. This event laid the groundwork for concerted efforts aimed at mitigating cyber threats and capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the digital age for the advancement of Pakistan’s national security objectives.
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