A webinar on “Cyber Security Challenges in Pakistan” was organized by the College of Computer Science and Information Systems (CCSIS) at IoBM. It was held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Mr. Sanaullaah Abbasi, DG-FIA was the guest speaker. Dr. Tariq Rahim Soomro, Acting Rector and Dean, CCSIS, was the moderator. Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM along with CCSIS faculty and students were the virtual attendees.
During his insightful talk, Mr. Sanaullah shared the challenges faced by the agencies with regard to cyberspace. He mentioned that the youth is playing a vital role in their increased online activities. The COVID and its resulting lockdown has also compelled the youth to remain active in cyberspace. He said that cybercriminals demean cyberspace and pursue immoral and criminal activities. When mentioning Cyber Regulations, he shared that Cyber Patrol to spot cybercrimes is done through software to spot malicious people. An investigation is conducted once the cybercrime occurs. He touched upon the 1980 Cyber Regulation covering all crimes such as cyber terrorism, hacking, fraud, etc. that has been amended with changing times. FIA has been arresting and prosecuting such criminals. He also mentioned the Cyber Wing that FIA launched. People can report cybercrimes to the FIA through calls, emails, and post, etc. FIA has recruited 500 people and received over 100,000 complaints in 2020. Nearly 59,000 complaints have been received in 2021. Furthermore, 20 people have been convicted of these crimes. Mr. Sanaullah also shared about the plans to implement Cyber Security. Students had an interactive question and answer session with Mr. Sanaullah following his speech. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, Dean CBM.