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RAWALPINDI: President Dr Arif Alvi Tuesday said that cyber security is important and very essential and it has come to be the very first line of defence of any country.

Addressing the 28th convocation of Military College of Signals (MCS), the president terming data protection the dynamic facet of a nation’s defence line, said Pakistan needs to train a bulk of human resource capable of fulfilling the needs of cyber security.

He said that cyber security was a rapidly growing field that required a targeted approach in education to continually update the set of relevant skills and resources. President Alvi said globally, millions of people with skills in information technology and telecommunication were in demand to analyse the flood of available data.

In Pakistan, he said, the capacity to process data was only five percent, which needed professionals through capacity building, skill development, and training programmes. He emphasised setting the direction of students right from the primary level up to higher education to make them aware of the importance of information technology in the contemporary world.

He said enhancing the security of national information systems was of dire significance in view of the frequent cyber-attacks faced by the country. The president said that the connotation of a strong defence was not limited to the physical buildup of weapons or fighter jets, but to what extent its professionals could decipher or jam the telecommunication signals of the enemy.

He lauded the MCS for preparing the highly skilled force of graduates in the field of information security, and electrical and computer software engineering, saying that Pakistan needed such “smart and intelligent” professionals. He also stressed the need for an “intellectual investment” in the rapidly changing era of technological development.

Transforming the energies of the country’s big youth bulge can make the country stand strong among the comity of nations, he added. The president recalled that around two million youth had applied for basic skills under the Digi-Skills Programme of the Ministry of Information Technology, of which 1.6 million reached the next level.

He said fulfilling its responsibility, the government had introduced a single national curriculum to provide unified opportunities to the students across the country. Commandant MCS Brigadier Syed Ali Raza said the MCS was focusing on communication, information technology, information assurance, cyber security and cryptology.

Established in 1947, he said, the MCS was selected as the first constituent college of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the country’s premier institution. The president awarded degrees to the PhD, Master and Bachelor of Engineering degrees to the students on successful completion of their engineering programme.

Captain Ahsan Bilal Tariq was given the president’s gold medal and also the chief of the army staff gold medal for bagging first position in computer software engineering. Others, who received the president’s gold medal included Wajeeha Munir, Maliha Safdar, Sq Ldr Ahsan Waleed Nazar, Maj Jawad Ahmed Jamil, Aiman Sultan, Lt Col Khurram Shahzad, Maj Aamer Latif Malik, Maj Umer Malik, Mahnoor Ehtasham, Rabia Ramzan, and Capt Nabeel Ahmed.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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