Pakistan’s first national cloud policy is likely to be approved by the federal cabinet. The policy has been finalized after extensive discussions with international and national stakeholders. At the national level, consultation has been done with PTA, SECP, and other institutions as well as the provincial government.
The first national cloud policy involves major tech companies
Under the national cloud policy, major tech companies, such as; Amazon and Google will be providing large-scale cloud services to the government of Pakistan, that will help organizations save their data, time, and money. At the federal level, the apex body will be the Cloud Board under which cloud acquisition offices will be formed to guide government institutions on how to buy cloud services and inform them of the requirements.
According to MoIT, the national cloud policy will be applicable to government institutions and ministries. However, private organizations are free to choose whether to adopt it or not. It will be compulsory for federal government institutions to join the cloud services and cloud offices shall be formed to provide guidance to provincial governments. The cloud has been classified into four types including; Government Cloud, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud.
Types of cloud services
The data handling mechanism would vary according to the data. Top secret data will be placed on the Government Cloud and open data will be placed on the public cloud. Likewise, sensitive data will be placed on the Private Cloud and classified data on the Hybrid Cloud. As per MoIT, the cloud services can only be provided from within the country and no company can provide this service from outside Pakistan. MoITT has consulted Google, Amazon, and other large cloud services providers and these businesses have decided to invest in the country.
Source: Pro Pakistani