The Ministry of IT and Telecom is set to establish the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center, aligning with the recently introduced CERT Rules 2023. This strategic initiative aims to create a centralized hub serving as the focal point for collaboration among various CERTs, including National CERTs, sectoral CERTs, and entities operating at different government levels.
The CERT Coordination Center, as revealed by ProPakistani, will not only facilitate communication among diverse CERTs but will also function as a capacity-building center for their respective constituents. A key component of this initiative includes the introduction of a vulnerability disclosure program tasked with managing cyber threats, identifying vulnerabilities, and advising on mitigation activities.
The vulnerability disclosure program is designed to gather cyber threat intelligence from diverse data sources, providing valuable insights into emerging cyber threats and their actors. It will also oversee vulnerability management, streamlining the process of addressing potential security risks promptly.
Moreover, the program will aid CERT constituents in the procurement and acquisition of software and hardware by ensuring rigorous security testing within CERT-supporting labs. Only those meeting necessary security standards and gaining approval from the coordination center will be recommended for use.
The CERT Coordination Center is committed to active collaboration with sectoral and international CERTs, as well as other relevant agencies. This collaborative approach aims to leverage cybersecurity expertise, establishing a comprehensive and interconnected network to effectively tackle cyber threats.