PTA has introduced a groundbreaking initiative known as the Telecom Cyber Security Task Force (TCSTF), designed to spearhead the effective implementation of the cyber security objectives outlined in the national strategy spanning from 2023 to 2028.
Comprising Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from major telecom operators, the task force is awaiting formal approval from the Authority, marking an industry-wide commitment to bolstering cyber security practices.
At the core of this initiative is a commitment to oversee the cyber security strategy’s implementation through regular monthly meetings. The primary objectives include closely monitoring initiatives, identifying potential challenges, and implementing timely measures to mitigate hurdles encountered during the implementation process.
A distinctive feature of the TCSTF approach is the transformation of each domain outlined in the cyber security strategy into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs will be assigned to individual telecom operators, and the task force will play a pivotal role in evaluating their progress. This structured evaluation process aims to enhance accountability and ensure a targeted approach to achieving security goals within the telecom sector.
The task force members will bear responsibility for the successful execution of initiatives outlined in the security strategy, emphasizing accountability and coordination with relevant stakeholders as integral components of the implementation process.
The document underlining this initiative highlights the collaborative nature of the effort, positioning the telecom industry as a responsible stakeholder in addressing security challenges. By fostering industry-level collaboration, the task force not only provides a platform for concerted efforts but also aims to position the telecom sector as a leader in addressing cybersecurity challenges.
Earlier this month, PTA unveiled its comprehensive Cyber Security Strategy for Pakistan’s Telecom Sector, outlining a plan spanning from 2023 to 2028. The strategy encompasses six foundational pillars, each targeting specific aspects of cyber security, including the legal framework, cyber resilience, proactive monitoring and incident response, capacity building, cooperation and collaboration, and public awareness.
These pillars represent a holistic approach, ensuring the development of a resilient and secure digital infrastructure across Pakistan’s telecom sector.