Cyber threats to federal information systems and cyber-based critical infrastructures are evolving and growing. These threats
can be unintentional and intentional, targeted or non-targeted, and can come from a variety of sources, such as foreign nations engaged in espionage and information warfare, criminals, hackers, virus writers, disgruntled employees and contractors working within an organization. As government, private sector, and personal activities continue to move to networked operations; digital systems add ever more capabilities; wireless systems become more ubiquitous and as the design, manufacture, and service of information technology have moved overseas, the threat will continue to grow. In the absence of robust security programs, agencies have experienced a wide range of incidents involving data loss or theft, computer intrusions and privacy breaches; underscoring the need for improved security practices.
Information Security Centre of Excellence
This setup is aimed at reducing the vulnerabilities faced by the national information infrastructure and cyber-space, by producing more qualified graduates and researchers in the various disciplines of Information Security, as well as indigenously designing and delivering technological solutions. The research and technical solutions designed at the proposed Information Security Centre of Excellence, will provide important substitute and enhanced level of trust.
The program is focused to produce professionals competent enough to offer solution for Information Security problems in
the market. Graduates of this program will be able to address information security related issues in present and future era of Information Technology. The need of Information Security has grown dramatically over the last few years. Like the Industrial Revolution, the Information Technology Boom, which started in the 1990’s and is still present today, has dramatically changed commerce around the world. This is mostly due to advancement of technology in computers, telecommunications equipment, and networking standards, leading to the development and widespread use of the Internet. This propagation of information security has led to an urgent and growing demand for information security professionals in Pakistan and all over the world. A hundred percent of our graduates go into employment or higher studies/professional trainings immediately after completion of their degrees. Our graduates normally pursue careers in major service providers such as PTCL, Warid, Mobilink, Zong, Ufone, Telenor and Special Communication Organization (SCO); large private industrial groups such as Microsoft, NetSol, Ericsson, and Cisco; and a host of smaller service and technology providers.