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PTA Establishes Telecom Cyber Security Oversight with Industry Task Force

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced the Telecom Cyber Security Task Force (TCSTF), signalling a vital industry initiative.

This task force, consisting of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from major telecom operators, is set to receive formal approval from the Authority. It aims to effectively implement the cybersecurity objectives outlined for 2023-2028.

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Primarily, the task force will conduct regular monthly meetings to oversee the implementation progress of the cybersecurity strategy. Its role extends to monitoring initiatives, identifying potential challenges, and promptly addressing any encountered hurdles.

An innovative aspect of this initiative involves transforming each domain under the cybersecurity strategy into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs will be allocated to individual telecom operators, allowing the task force to evaluate their advancements. This structured assessment aims to ensure accountability and a focused approach towards achieving cybersecurity goals in the telecom sector.

Responsibility and accountability for executing the strategy’s initiatives lie with all task force members. Emphasizing collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the initiative underscores a cooperative approach to implementation.

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By fostering industry collaboration, the task force not only facilitates collective efforts but also positions the telecom industry as a proactive contributor to cybersecurity challenges.

Earlier this month, PTA released its Cyber Security Strategy for Pakistan’s Telecom Sector, built on six foundational pillars. These pillars target various aspects of cybersecurity, including legal framework, cyber resilience, proactive monitoring, capacity building, cooperation, and public awareness. This comprehensive approach aims to fortify Pakistan’s telecom sector with a resilient and secure digital infrastructure.

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