- Super User
- Friday, 23 August 2013 10:01
Director Technical Training, NIKSUN: NJ, USA
Dr. Yaqub earned a Ph.D. in Wireless Communication from Keio University, Japan, and MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickenson University, USA. He is one of the pioneers of LTE/4G, and an inventor of numerous technologies of 4th Generation Wireless Communication, and Smart Grid.He received “Innovators Award” from the Governor of the State of New Jersey, USA, through Inventors Hall of Fame,for advancement of knowledge and technology. Dr. Yaqub remained an Executive Director of ToshibaAmerica Research, Inc. from 2001 to 2009, Sr. Consultant to the State of New Jersey for 700 MHz LTE Public Safety Network/grant writing, and a spokesperson in 3GPP onbehalf of Department of Homeland Security for “Govt. Emergency Telecomm Service”. Currently, he is working as a Director of Technical Training, for NIKSUN, a global leader in Cybersecurity, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Yaqub is also skilled in teaching, developing new graduate level courses, and building industry-academia collaboration as an Associate Professor, Resource Person and approved Ph.D. supervisor of HEC Pakistan. Some of the new courses he developed and delivered include “Smart Grid”, “4G Networks”, and “Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Cybersecurity” for graduate students of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and CECOS University Peshawar (online via Skype).
His research interests address 4G issues, Smart Grid technologies, (including Electric Vehicles, Wind Generation, Smart Home Energy Management, etc.). He filed several patents (16 already issued), published numerous papers in international conferences, and submitted 150+ contributions in technical standards organizations.He remained a working group chairman in Mobile Wireless Internet Forum, Chairman IEEE Membership Development, Rapporteur in 3GPP, keynotespeaker, panelist, and guest speaker in numerous International conferences.
Title: "Evolving Threats/Attacks of Cybersecurity in Pakistan and How to prevent them "
Abstract: Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman of Senate Committee on Defense and Production, on July 12th 2013, highlighted that since last year cyber warfare has been identified as a new, non-military security threat for Pakistan. (http://dawn.com/news/1023706/senatecommittee-proposes-7-point-action-plan-for-cyber-secure-pakistan/?commentPage=1&storyPage=1). Main Cybersecurity attacks experienced by Pakistan in the last one year involved about 35% electronic fraud, 32% Cyber Stalking, 17% Cyber threats that included power industry, telecommunications industry and others, 10% of unauthorized access to government databases, and 6% of actual industrial automation system damage.
In the face of increasing attacks and threats from domestic organizations, international agencies, andgovernment authorities, the following short term steps have been taken so far by the government of Pakistan: 24/7 availability of NR3C (National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes) Helpdesk for Cyber breach reporting, Registration of Enquiries and Investigation of Cyber Crimes Cases, Digital Forensic Analysis Services, and Cybercrime Awareness Seminars, etc. Strategic initiatives to combat this new emerging challenge under discussion in Pakistan today include: defining legislative framework of Cybersecurity for which bills will be presented in Parliament, formation of a focal ministry or division exclusively to handle Cybersecurityissues, establishment of a National Computer Emergency Response Team, establishment of a Cybersecurity Task Force with affiliation with Ministry of Defense, Ministry of IT, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information, and industry leaders, establishment of an Inter-Services Cyber Command under the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to coordinate Cybersecurity and Cyber defense for the Pakistan Armed Forces, etc.
Though Cybersecurity has been recognized as new, emerging national security threat by the government of Pakistan, similar to the threats like terrorism and military aggression; and short term steps, as well as legislative initiatives have been mobilized, the speaker believes that strategy for Pakistan’s Cybersecurity must include three fundamental elements. (a) Resistance against Cyberattacks and threats (b) Alerts in case an attack occurs, and (c) Quick recovery from an attack with minimum impact on system operation. The author believes that though the nature of threats is similar for different silos (Finance, Utility/SCADA, IT/Enterprise, Government, Defense, etc.) the nature of attacks may be different, and thus the solutions too. To that end, the agenda of keynote speech will explore the key Cybersecurity challenges and threats specific to Pakistan because of its location and strategic role, long-term Cybersecurity requirements, establishing a roadmap and prioritizing Cybersecurity challenge areas where previous recommendations never existed or not been fully addressed.
The talk will also provide a technical understanding and vision of Cybersecurity, direction and a sense of what technologies, capabilities, and services are most needed by Pakistan. It will also answer the important technical questions that often go unanswered in case of Cyberattack, such as: What information was taken? When and how did the breach occur? Is it an internal or external attack?, How do we prevent recurrence?, What’s the impact on the business/operation/defense?.It will also introduce the status of the available Cybersecurity solutions that not only answers these questions, but also deliver the most powerful, scalable, and cost-effective solutions.
The talk will also provide food for thought on how to explore innovative techniques and conduct Cybersecurity related research specific to Power Industry’s SCADA system, ICT infrastructure, and financial Institutions. Thus, the talk will be beneficial for the students, researchers, industry leaders, and decision makers. It would also be valuable for Utility Industry (such as Water And Power Development Authority, Karachi Electric Supply Co., Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, Pakistan Electric Power Company), Alternative Energy Development Board, and Department of Energy. It would also be useful for Pakistan Telecom regulatory authorities (PTA), wireless service providers, (PTCL, Mobilink, Telenor, and Ufone, Wateen).
In essence, the talk will provide an excellent technical overview of Cybersecurity for audience with diversified background. Elements of Cybersecurity for decision makers, analysis of Cybersecurity threats, challenges and requirements that may be useful for policy makers, and answer the important technical questions that often go unanswered, point out some technical research venues for the students/professors, and finally will introduce the prevailing Cybersecurity solutions.