Government Leaders Call Cyber Security Cells Incompetent

The Standing Committee, led by MNA Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, is unhappy with several MoITT departments, especially the Cyber Security Cell, and told the MoITT to fix its problems

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The Standing Committee, led by MNA Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, is unhappy with several MoITT departments, especially the Cyber Security Cell, and told the MoITT to fix its problems. In light of recent cyber-attacks on several government websites, the Parliamentary Committee is worried about how well the Cyber Security Cell is doing its job.

This was said by the Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications at a Monday briefing about how the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) works.

The Standing Committee, which is led by MNA Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, said that it is unhappy with the work of several MoITT departments, especially the Cyber Security Cell, and told the MoITT to fix the Cyber Security Cell’s problems.

Naz Baloch, a member of the committee, said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) website, which has sensitive information about all Pakistanis, has been hacked twice in the past few weeks.

MoITT officials also told the committee that work on the Cyber Security Policy has begun. This is why the National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA), the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Sectoral CERT will be set up. Also, efforts are being made to hire professionals and build high-tech labs for national certification.

They also said that the MoITT had written the CERT guidelines, which will be sent to the Cabinet once the Ministry of Law has approved them. It also talked about how the revised Cyber Crime, Cyber Security, and Social Media Rules are being made. This is because Pakistan has a history of banning social media sites because of the content they have.

The committee also said that it is unhappy with the work being done to fix the country’s communications infrastructure after the recent floods that affected half the country.

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