President commends AU-HEC-PAF collaboration in establishing first-ever Cyber Security Academy

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International conference on Cyber Warfare & Security

Zubair Qureshi

Cyber Security is a global threat having far-reaching implications on the national security and the Air University has done a commendable job by establishing the first-ever Cyber Security Academy in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Pakistan Air Force.

President Dr Arif Alvi expressed these views while addressing concluding ceremony of the two-day International Conference on Cyber Warfare & Security.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Executive Director HEC Dr Shaista Sohail, Vice Chancellor Air University Air Marshal (R) Javaid Ahmad also addressed the participants, emphasizing the importance of cyber security in today’s digital world.

On the occasion, the country’s first-ever National Cyber Security Academy, established at Air University, was also inaugurated by the President in the presence of high-profile dignitaries. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood and Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Nauman Ali also attended the closing ceremony as Guests of honor.

President Alvi appreciated industry-academia collaboration, where PAF worked closely with the AU and HEC in establishing the country’s first ever Cyber Security Academy.

PAF Director General C4I Air Vice Marshal Abbas Ghumman, while sharing the cybervision of Pakistan Air Force, briefed about the strategic initiatives and valuable contribution of Pakistan Air Force for making the cyber space of Pakistan secure.

He, on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff, also assured Air University of providing due support in its endeavors in cyber security domain.

Executive Director HEC Dr Shaista Sohail highlighted that the HEC was upgrading the academic course of cyber security to BS and PhD levels.

Vice Chancellor Air University Javaid Ahmed, lauding the active support provided by PAF officials, said that his varsity is committed to produce highly-trained and well-qualified cyber security experts to address the emerging cyber security threats being faced by every institution of the country, including armed forces, civil institutions, public and private sector organizations, FinTech, banking sector, media houses and civil society.

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