Protection of Pakistan’s Cyberspace Under PECA Act Very Important: IT Minister

Caretaker IT Minister, Dr. Umar Saif, highlighted the paramount importance of safeguarding Pakistan’s cyberspace under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) during his address at the prize distribution ceremony of the Digital Pakistan Cybersecurity Hackathon 2023 in Islamabad.

Dr. Umar Saif emphasized the responsibilities of addressing cybercrime, online transactions, cyberbullying, data protection, and the identification of threats. 

He stressed that effective action against cybercriminals is crucial for ensuring the security of online services utilized by citizens.

Acknowledging the evolving challenges in cyberspace, Dr. Umar Saif mentioned the establishment of a dedicated cybercrime wing in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the subsequent creation of the National Cyber Crime Investigation Agency.

 The gradual transfer of authority to this agency aims to enhance the effectiveness of actions against cybercrime.

The introduction of the first National Cyber Emergency Response Team (National CERTS) and the formation of Sectoral CERTS under this organization showcase the Pakistani government’s commitment to building a robust infrastructure against cybercrimes.

Dr. Umar Saif expressed gratitude to participants, sponsors, and organizers for their contributions to the success of the Digital Pakistan Cybersecurity Hackathon.

 He commended Team IGNITE for their efforts in organizing training workshops and hackathons since October, emphasizing their role in fostering innovation and collaboration in the dynamic field of cybersecurity.

The Minister underscored the significance of collaboration between the government, private sector, and academia to fortify cybersecurity defenses. 

He highlighted the participation of Pakistani teams in the Blackhat’s cybersecurity competition in Saudi Arabia, with four teams ranking in the top 35 out of 250 international teams.

Asim Shehryar Hussain, CEO of IGNITE, emphasized the relentless pursuit of identifying and nurturing cybersecurity talent in collaboration with the IT Ministry.

 He highlighted the establishment of operational readiness for Pakistan’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (NCERT) and the imminent institutionalization of a Cyber Security Authority.

The ceremony also recognized the efforts of participants and winners in the Digital Pakistan Cybersecurity Hackathon, showcasing a commitment to skill development and innovation in the cybersecurity domain.
The event included hands-on training sessions, regional hackathon rounds in various cities, and awards to top individuals and teams.

The comprehensive program aligns with the government’s goal of creating awareness about cybersecurity, fostering talent development, and building a safer digital space for citizens.

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