Sul­tanate signs pact with WEF to fight cy­berthreats, boost co­op­er­a­tion

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The sul­tanate, rep­re­sented by the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Au­thor­ity (ITA), last week signed an agree­ment with the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF) to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and work to­gether on a num­ber of projects and ini­tia­tives to re­duce cy­berthreats and risks.

The agree­ment is per­tain­ing to ca­pac­ity build­ing in cy­ber­se­cu­rity, es­tab­lish­ing early warn­ing cen­tres and a global net­work to re­spond to cy­berthreats.

The pact was signed by Dr Salim bin Sul­tan al Ruza­iqi, CEO of ITA and Troels Oert­ing, head of WEF’s Global Cen­tre for Cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

Com­ment­ing on the sign­ing of the agree­ment, Dr Ruza­iqi said, “Through this agree­ment, we seek to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and hope to con­trib­ute in en­hanc­ing the role of the sul­tanate as a de­vel­oped coun­try in cy­ber­se­cu­rity readi­ness and en- hanc­ing its role in help­ing other coun­tries in fac­ing cy­berthreats and risks. The agree­ment will pro­vide in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies work­ing in the field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity within the sul­tanate.”

Oert­ing said, “Cy­ber­se­cu­rity is very im­por­tant and we need to fo­cus on the on­go­ing changes in the ICT sec­tor. We are proud to sign this agree­ment, which we be­lieve will con­trib­ute in the devel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in pro­tect­ing users of the In­ter­net, which can only be car­ried out in co­op­er­a­tion with all states.”

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