Syed Amin Ul Haque, the federal minister for information technology and telecommunications, announced the initiative and commended the NTC for its efforts to offer reliable and secure telecommunication services to the government sector.

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On August 8, 2023, a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution project was officially launched at the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Headquarters in Islamabad. By observing and analyzing network activity and looking for any potential threats, the project seeks to improve the cyber security of the NTC data and servers. Syed Amin Ul Haque, the federal minister for information technology and telecommunications, announced the initiative and commended the NTC for its efforts to offer reliable and secure telecommunication services to the government sector. With a delegation from Huawei Pakistan that was present at the occasion, he also spoke about a number of issues pertaining to developing technologies and Pakistan's digital future.

Meraj Gul, the managing director of NTC was also present. The Federal Minister for IT spoke during the opening ceremony and noted that the NTC reached another milestone. Following the installation of a cyber-security monitoring system, NTC data and servers are now safer, he claimed, adding that the system will monitor data and notify the appropriate section of any cyber-attacks. According to him, the Ministry of IT is constantly working to modernize the NTC to meet modern demands. He continued that updating the systems is essential to increasing their security. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also struck between NTC and the Chinese company SUNWALK around this time.

What is SUNWALK?

With its headquarters in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, SUNWALK is a technology-based, diversified, global private Chinese enterprise group. It was established in 2000. In addition to other nations like Pakistan, it has created numerous telecom and communication infrastructure projects in China. Additionally, it is involved in the 3D printing, construction, real estate, environmental protection and tourist industries. SUNWALK, which has 27 subsidiaries, intends to contribute $2 billion to the development of an optical fibre network in Pakistan's telecom industry.

A few of SUNWALK's noteworthy initiatives include:

Ø  The installation of a 16,000 km fibre optic cable in Pakistan to accelerate networking and digitization. By the end of 2024, the project, which will connect major cities and rural areas nationwide, is anticipated to be finished.

Ø  $2 billion will be invested in Pakistan's telecom industry to build out an optical fibre network that would eventually cover 100,000 km of space. The initiative intends to enhance the calibre and dependability of telecommunications services and aid Pakistan's transition to a digital economy.

What is SIEM?

Security Information and Event Management is referred to as SIEM. It is a tool that aids businesses in identifying, analyzing, and responding to security threats before they compromise daily operations. SIEM gathers and combines security data from numerous IT infrastructure components, including network equipment, servers, domain controllers, etc. The data is then analyzed by SIEM utilizing rules, patterns or machine learning to spot any potential threats or weaknesses. Additionally, SIEM offers a consolidated dashboard where security personnel can track activity, priorities warnings, launch responses or corrections and view the data in real-time.

By strengthening the cyber security of Pakistan's crucial industries including the government, banking, telecom, energy, etc, SIEM can help. These industries may defend their servers and data from cyber-attacks like malware, ransomware, phishing, denial-of-service assaults etc. by employing SIEM. These industries can also benefit from SIEM's assistance in adhering to the rules and regulations governing data security and privacy. By lowering false positives and offering useful insights, SIEM can also increase the efficiency of security teams.

  1. Centralized Monitoring: SIEM is a centralized system that collects and aggregates security-related data and events from various sources across an organization's IT environment.

  2. Real-time Analysis: It performs real-time analysis of the collected data to identify potential security incidents, threats, and vulnerabilities.

  3. Event Correlation: SIEM correlates events from different sources to provide a more comprehensive view of security events and their potential impact.

  4. Alert Generation: The system generates alerts and notifications when it detects suspicious or anomalous activities that could indicate a security breach.

  5. Log Management: SIEM manages and stores logs from various devices and applications, helping organizations maintain compliance with regulations and standards.

  6. Threat Detection: It uses predefined rules, behavioral analysis, and machine learning algorithms to detect patterns of behavior that could signify a cyberattack or intrusion.

  7. Incident Response: SIEM assists in incident response by providing contextual information about security events, helping security teams investigate and mitigate threats more effectively.

  8. Compliance Monitoring: It helps organizations meet regulatory requirements by tracking and reporting on security-related activities and events.

  9. Forensic Analysis: SIEM allows for retrospective analysis of historical data, aiding in post-incident investigations and understanding the timeline of events.

  10. Continuous Improvement: Organizations can refine SIEM rules and strategies based on the insights gained from its analysis, enhancing their overall security posture over time.

Remember that SIEM solutions can vary in their features and capabilities, but these points generally encompass the core functions and benefits of a typical SIEM system.

Role of Amin ul Haque as a Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication

Amin ul Haque is a Pakistani politician who served as the Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication from January 2020 to August 2023. He was also a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from August 2018 to August 2023. As an IT minister, he played a role in:

Ø  Launching numerous initiatives and projects, such as the National Broadband Policy, the National Incubation Centers, the National Freelance Training Programme and the Digital Pakistan Policy to support the growth of the IT sector.

Ø  Addressing the problems of the IT sector and fostering its expansion by, for example, lowering taxes, offering incentives, assuring ease of doing business, etc.

Ø  Launching the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution project at the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Headquarters to improve the nation's cyber security.

Ø  Promoting IT-related partnerships between Pakistan and other nations and organizations such as through serving as the President of the World Business Angel Investment Forum's (WBAF) Global Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Committee.

One of Pakistan's most rapidly expanding and promising industries is the IT sector. Thanks to the efforts of the government, the corporate sector and the skilled workforce, it has demonstrated extraordinary progress and potential over the past few years. Pakistan's economic expansion, social advancement and digital change have all been facilitated by the IT sector. By offering top-notch goods and services to several markets and customers, it has also gained acceptance and respect on a global scale. As long as Pakistan's information technology sector keeps innovating, working together and excelling, it will have a bright future.

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