Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin-ul-Haq Wednesday said that the cybersecurity policy, approved by the Federal Cabinet the other day, was aimed at countering the incidents related to malicious use of information and communication technologies in cyberspace that posed a grave financial and security threat to Pakistan. The primary objective of cybersecurity policy is to ensure the privacy and security of online data, personal information and confidential content of public, government and private entities, the minister said in a news release. He said that in this modern and fast age of the internet, the world had become a global village in which a large population of the world was handling its economic, financial and professional affairs digitally by using cyberspace. Syed Amin-ul-Haq underlined the need to restore the confidence of Pakistani citizens in the digital system by making all their private and professional digital activities completely secure, efficient and reliable so that they could use them online without any fear. He said the key points of cybersecurity policy included support for the establishment of internal framework and governance in all public and private institutions for the protection of the cyber ecosystem, security of national information system and infrastructure, protection in all national ICT infrastructures. He said that in case of a cyber attack on any institution of Pakistan, it would be considered as aggression on national integrity and all necessary steps and retaliation would be taken. The minister said a “Cyber Governance Policy Committee” has been set up to implement the policy at the national level, monitor its affairs, determine the strategy promptly and take timely action. This included secretaries and senior officers of 13 different organizations.