Islamabad - President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday called for securing the cyber space for protection and security of online data of citizens, businesses and public institutions in view of the growing risks of cyber attacks.

Chairing a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Cyber Information Security here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said Pakistan had embarked upon the journey of digital transformation that had increased the risks of cyber attacks.

President Arif Alvi underscored the need for collaborative efforts by all the stakeholders to secure the cyber space.

The President was briefed upon different initiatives being taken by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications for security of information and cyber space of the individuals and public institutions.

He said the use of emerging technologies and 4th Industrial Revolution had made the individuals and public institutions vulnerable to cyber attacks.

For containing the cyber threats, the President stressed the need for strengthening the capacity and capability of institutions to cope with the challenges of cyber vulnerability.

He said that it was essential to create a secure information eco-system in the country to safeguard the national interests as well as ensure the protection of information related to the individuals, businesses and public sector.

He directed all the relevant stakeholders to make coordinated efforts for protecting privacy and security of information of individual and public interest.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of Information and Technology (MoITT) Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, senior officials of MoITT and members of the Advisory Committee.