ISLAMABAD - The Cyber Governance Policy has been drafted, which is aimed at realizing the full potential of information and communication technologies for socio-economic development by assuring availability, confidentially and integrity of the critical infrastructure and information system, besides providing reliable secured and resilient cyber-space for all.
According to the policy draft, the country’s cyber governance policy is being formulated in consultation with all stakeholders. In this regard, a draft on cybersecurity framework has also been shared by the Law Enforcement Agencies.
Important elements relating to integrated Cyber Security Policy (a part of cyber governance), which are being given due consideration, include;
i) transparency in both policy-making and implementation
ii) public trust—safety vs surveillance (civil liberties)
iii) practicality and manageability of structure
iv) technical soundness, completeness and adequacy
v) balance between safety and development/growth/economic considerations
vi) continued funding and sustainability
vii) international compatibility (diplomatic connotations)
To cater all the above-mentioned considerations in a balanced way, a tiered approach for cybersecurity structure for Pakistan is being deliberated whereby institutional setups at the national and sectoral level will be proposed to the federal government.
This approach is aimed at creating, enhancing and laying down specifications of technical interface and processes for national, provincial sectoral and organizational level mechanisms for assessment of threats to ICT infrastructure, creating scenarios for response, resolution and crisis management through effective predictive, preventive protective response and post-incident recovery actions.