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KP officials asked to protect websites, applications from cyber-attacks

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Science and Information Technology has informed officials that it will be their responsibility to protect their websites and applications from cyber-attacks.

The department has directed the senior members of the board of revenue, principal secretary governor KP, the chief ministers, secretaries of all administrative departments to have a full backup of the site ready on a computer so that the site can be restored from the computer when it crashes.

It clarified that the data centre stores 24 hours of data, however, it may take 5 to 6 hours to restore the complete website, so in case of any website being hacked or crashing, the departments have to provide timely notification to the data centre.

Furthermore, in case of any website being hacked, the data centre will delete all the accounts that have been set up on the provincial server.

According to the data centre, all user departments will be provided only a server machine and installation facility after which its maintenance will be the responsibility of the concerned department.

The data centre had also provided the facility to administrative departments to have their own computer server.

However, it has been clarified that installation, configuration, optimization and data backup will be the responsibility of the administrative departments, and the data centre only provides space.

The data centre made it clear that if any website or application is attacked or hacked, it will only be responsible for the network layer.

The data centre added that security threats and attacks are mostly due to non-compliance with security standards, as well as flaws in designing, coding and development of the websites.

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