ISLAMABAD: At 10AM on a bright, sunny Wednesday, NUST-SEECS’ seminar hall was buzzing with energy from thought leaders, domain experts from the field of cyber security.
The inauguration session of Cyber Secure Pakistan 2015 began with the recitation of the Holy Quran.
Rizwan Sharif, VP PISA, acted as host for the session. off by welcoming esteemed guests to Pakistan’s biggest cyber security conference. He discussed Pakistan Information Security Association’s (PISA) role at the forefront of computer and network security in Pakistan.
Cyber Secure Pakistan is being organized for the fourth time, and is for the first time being hosted at Pakistan’s premier ICT University – NUST-SEECS in order to enable the education sector to spearhead research into cyber security.
Nazir Wahid, VP PISA South, emphasized the importance of cyber security, as well as the cyber security professionals in attendance. The objective of CSP 2015 is to encourage the exchange of ideas and views on how to secure our nation and its institutions. He further stated that Pakistan faces serious challenges, as there is no cyber law, and no public cyber emergency response team.
Ammar Jaffri, President PISA, discussed the importance of the Internet as a basic necessity of life; the reliance of people, businesses and institutions on it is deep-rooted. He also shortly discussed upcoming trends such as Big Data, Internet of Things.
Hussain Iftikhar was representing Director General, Federal Investigation Agency. He agreed that while there is no cyber crime bill in Pakistan, the FIA still has the power to take care of cyber criminals by apprehending, convicting, and putting them behind bars. He informed the audience that FIA is hand-picking security scouts are from universities who are trained in cutting edge cyber security technologies.
FIA recently launched Cyber Crime helpline (9911) that works 24/7 to respond to cyber crime emergencies.
Adli Wahid, Security Specialist at APNIC, flew in all the way from Australia to participate in Cyber Secure Pakistan. He noted that participants of similar conferences keep saying we should collaborate, but do not actually work on collaborating afterwards. He encouraged us to actively collaborate with extra efforts, and deeper trust. Cyber Secure Pakistan is an excellent platform to discuss such concerns, and learn from each other’s experiences.
Srivinas Chendi from APNIC spoke quite briefly, saying he looks forward to working with participants, law enforcement agencies to share his organization’s learnings and experiences for an improved cyber security situation in Pakistan.
Champika Wijayatunga works with ICANN. They coordinate Internet functions and activities, including DNS, IANA functions, and top level domains. He spoke briefly about ICANN’s efforts in maintaining strong network security.
Dr. Arshad Ali, DG SEECS, thanked all guests for dedicated their time and effort to organise CSP 2015. People in general have little interest in cyber security, as evidenced by noticeable amount of empty seats in the seminar hall. He called for greater participation in coming workshops and closing sessions, for maximum benefit of our humble community.
Ammar Jafri concluded the session by thanking all participants and volunteers, wishing them good luck for a successful conference.
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