PTA prepares ICT security guidelines : Chairman PTA

PTA PHOTOChairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Mohammed Yaseen has said that PTA has completed a thought-provoking exercise in collaboration with renowned industry players for drafting “ICT Security Guidelines” for Telecoms, GoP and End-users.

The documents have been shared with respective stakeholders to assist them, while building Information Security practices. This he said while addressing as Chief Guest to 7th International Information Security Conference “Info-Sec 2011” in a local hotel on Tuesday.

Chairman PTA said that Information Security is emerging as one of the most critical factors behind effective IT implementation, but it is also promising that public awareness about the information security has risen with the passage of time and Asia now reports higher maturity levels across more capabilities than any other world region and has more vigorous focus on strategic issues such as alignment of security with the business and the crucial need to protect data.

Later in a talk with media men Dr. Mohammed Yaseen said there is a good progress in respect of policy formation regarding 3G and we have road map and potential to launch the product.

Chairman PTA shows the hope that we will be able to come up with 3G by the mid of forthcoming year. He said that there stands a continuous increase in the threats faced by information and communication systems and to cope up with these, information security experts try to foresee the unforeseeable like How much malware will there be next year? What kind of new spamming techniques can come over? How many application vulnerabilities will arise in the new financial system? How many patches or solutions will come out for the software products we use.

He emphasizes that individuals and organizations should practice standardized information security procedures and techniques due to their enormous reliability and stability. They must also initiate information security awareness campaigns in order to educate their staff about information.

Mohammad Kamran Shahzad, Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan and others also address the conference. At the end of session, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen distributed the shields amongst the speakers and participants.

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