Experts on Monday underlined the looming cyber threat to national security and proposed proper legislation, cyber security strategy, and establishment of a taskforce at the ministry concerned.
These recommendations came at the end of a seminar ‘Defending Pakistan Through Cyber Security’, organised by the Senate Committee on Defence and Defence Production, led by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed in collaboration with Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA).
It was also recommended that under the office of the chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, an inter-services cyber command should be established in order to coordinate cyber security and cyber defence for the Pakistan armed forces.
The seminar was attended by a large number of parliamentarians, officials from security agencies and ministry of defence, and information technology experts, who collectively acknowledged the threat posed to cyber security.
Senator Mushahid Hussain said that since last year the Senate’s defence committee had identified cyber warfare as a new, non-military security threat to Pakistan, due to the country’s strategic role and location.
“There is an ongoing cyber ‘war of words’ between the US and China and outright cyber warfare between Iran and the US/Israel,” he maintained.
He cited Edward Snowden’s revelations that National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on Pakistan through the internet and online communication system.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2013.