National Center for
Cyber Security

NCCS shall play a leading role in securing Pakistan’s Cyberspace and making
Pakistan world’s premier nation in Cyber Security.
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The establishment of National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) has been commenced by Government of Pakistan in June 2018. The NCCS project is a joint initiative of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Planning Commission. The Centre constitutes Research and Development (R&D) Labs in reputed universities of Pakistan which were shortlisted after the open call for proposals made by HEC in early 2018. After meticulous scrutiny in two rounds of evaluation, technical proposals from 11 universities of Pakistan were shortlisted. These universities were given the mandate to establish NCCS affiliated Labs in different specialized areas of cyber security under the secretariat of centre. It is honour for Air University that it is entrusted with the status of NCCS Secretariat in addition to the two affiliated labs in the domain of Cyber Crime Forensics and Smart Devices and Networks Security.

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Our Research

The Centre for Cyber Security makes strong connections between symbolic and non-symbolic computation, conjointly between applied and theoretical areas. It is based on solid mathematical modelling, empirical investigations, and experimental research involving development of secure system. It depends heavily on the core areas of computer science and computational intelligence. In this regard, the Centre is, perhaps, unique in terms of our commitment to both theory and practice in the field of Cyber Security. The Centre assembles strong research laboratories to conduct research in the areas of Cybercrime Investigations, Digital Forensics, Intrusion Detection Systems, Internet Security and Privacy, Malware Analysis, Critical Infrastructure Security, Mobile Phone Security, IoT Security, Blockchain Security, and Cyber Reconnaissance.

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We have been collaborating with many industrial partners and research institutes in the Pakistan and all over the world on cyber security related research.

Our People

Professor Kashif Kifayat


I am Director of the National Centre for Cyber Security, which is established as Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Planning Commission of Pakistan. I am also Chair of Computer Science Department and Air University Islamabad, having taken the role in August 2017. I previously served as Professor of Cyber Security in Liverpool John Moores University. I remained a member of the PROTECT Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection, U.K. I am also a member of many technical program committees, including IEEE SOSE, IEEE ICCCT, the European Network and Information Security Agency, Crete, Greece, and the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum.

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News and Updates

NCCS Centre Inaguration

Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated the Centre on Monday, 21st May 2018 at Air University Islamabad. The minister said 'establishment of National Centre for Cyber Security was his dream which had now been fulfilled'....

National Steering Committee Meeting

The third National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting agenda was to review the current issues, progress and research operations of the Centre and its affiliated labs...

Progress Review Meetings with PIs

For Progress Review Meeting with PIs please add following text: NCCS has organized two meetings with PIs/Co-PIs of partners labs to review their physical and technical progress....