Cybersecurity a burning issue not only in Pakistan but across the globe
ISLAMABAD : The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) at Air University has organized the 3rd International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS-22) in order to provide a platform for researchers and professionals engaged with contemporary research in the emerging areas of cyber security at national and international levels. Air University has had the privilege of hosting an IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security since 2020.
Vice Chancellor, Air University Air Marshal (Retd) Javaid Ahmed, while expressing his viewpoints, highlighted that the cyber world is complicated and constantly evolving. Certainly, the cybersecurity workforce needs to be trained in a well-defined formal way to meet and exceed national cyber security requirements. He mentioned Air University as one of the pioneer institutions in Pakistan to initiate numerous training programmes in cyber security that are well recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Chairman P@SHA M. Zohaib Khan, while addressing the ceremony emphasized that Cybersecurity is a burning issue not only in Pakistan but across the globe. He was appreciative of Air University’s various efforts and the most recent initiative of the National Cyber Security Academy. He added programmes like these helps in improving Pakistan’s cybersecurity posture, both nationally and internationally. He strongly recommended HEC to strengthen the National Centre of Cyber Security further and fully support the Indigenization and commercialization efforts to help NCCS in establishing the Pakistan Cyber Security Industry.
Director, National Center for Cyber Security Prof. Dr. Kashif Kifayat, in his speech added that he is proud to lead NCCS which has helped Pakistan move up in the global rankings for cyber security. This center is a collaborative platform that welcomes adjunct faculty members and researchers from academic institutions, both locally and internationally, who specialize in industrial cyber security. He emphasized the need to make the future generations of Pakistan better prepared than any of their predecessors to handle fast-evolving cyber threats.
On the occasion, Chief Information Security Officer Asif Meenai and Air Commodore (R) Afzaal Ahmed Khan Director ORIC also signed an MOU between Air University and Habib Bank Limited (HBL). The MoU demonstrates the parties’ intent and willingness to work together in areas of shared interest, particularly in the fields of big data, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and machine learning.
The two-day International Conference includes a number of presentations, keynote speeches, panel discussions, technical hands-on workshops, paper presentations, technical expert talks, and illuminating statements by CEOs and CISOs of prestigious companies. Several national and international keynote speakers from various countries, including Estonia, Belgium, Qatar, Malaysia, and the USA, are also invited to deliver cyber security talks at the International Conference. Through this, the ICCWS offered students and professionals from all over the world an extraordinary learning opportunity. Practitioners from all over the world shared their research, ideas, methods, and experiences connected to various aspects of cybersecurity, giving the participants a fantastic opportunity to deepen their understanding and affect real change for Pakistan’s future.