In a concerted effort to prevent cyber attacks on public sector institutions, the government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2 billion in order to form a cybersecurity team.
As reported by SAMAA TV, the cybersecurity emergency response team will focus on strengthening digital data security. It will also devise ways to share intelligence related to cyber threats at the national level.
According to the report, experts have said that “dedicated baseline software” has already been developed in this regard.
While talking to SAMAA, cybersecurity expert Ammar Jafri explained that this emergency response team will be like a home guard, yet capable of protecting the entire nation from a host of cyber threats.
“It is able to recognize and inform consumers about possible emergencies or threats,” he said. “If everyone combines efforts, it will be a good effort.“
The team, called the Pakistan Computer Emergency Response Team (PakCERT), is committed to providing industry-level security training and services to help public and private entities build a secure infrastructure.
The team is capable of cyber threat intelligence, forensic analysis, penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and malware reverse engineering, to name a few.
As the team’s website states, their goal is “to protect our clients’ information assets through education, technology and expertise, while maintaining the strictest levels of confidentiality in the industry.”