Cy­ber se­cu­rity deal signed with World Eco­nomic Fo­rum

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MUS­CAT: Oman, rep­re­sented by the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Au­thor­ity (ITA), signed an agree­ment with the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum at the ITA premises in KOM.

It aims to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for build­ing a non-ex­clu­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity, in­creas­ing cy­ber ca­pac­i­ties and iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial co­op­er­a­tion in projects and ini­tia­tives to mit­i­gate cy­ber threats, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, cy­ber se­cu­rity ca­pac­ity build­ing and work­force devel­op­ment, cy­ber threat early warn­ing, CERT/CSIRT im­ple­men­ta­tions, global cy­ber net­work for re­sponse and cy­ber se­cu­rity of the In­ter­net-of-Things.

The deal was signed by Dr. Salim Sul­tan Al Ruza­iqi, CEO of ITA, and Troels Oert­ing, Head of Global Cen­tre for Cy­ber­se­cu­rity, (GCC), at the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum.

“Through this agree­ment, we seek to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Sul­tanate and the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in the field of cy­ber se­cu­rity. We hope that the agree­ment will con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing the role of the Sul­tanate as a de­vel­oped coun­try in the field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity readi­ness as we are ranked first in the Arab world and fourth world­wide. The Sul­tanate is play­ing a ma­jor role in help­ing other coun­tries build their ca­pa­bil­i­ties to face cy­ber threats and risks. The agree­ment will also pro­vide in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies work­ing in cy­ber se­cu­rity,” said Al Ruza­iqi.

On the sign­ing agree­ment, Oert­ing, said: “I think cy­ber se­cu­rity is the most im­por­tant thing these days where we trans­form the whole world in a dig­i­tal way, so we sim­ply con­nect all phys­i­cal equip­ment to the dig­i­tal world, and the cloud for that se­cu­rity is needed. I am very grate­ful to­day that we have signed an MoU agree­ment with the govern­ment of Oman and the ITA in or­der to en­hance our co­op­er­a­tion on how to pro­tect the in­no­cent users of the in­ter­net against be­com­ing vic­tims. The only way we can do that is by work­ing to­gether.

“By work­ing with Oman, we also get ac­cess to many other coun­tries in the re­gion and over the globe be­cause Oman is known as the Switzer­land of the Mid­dle East for its neu­tral role. I have also been im­pressed with the ex­per­tise of this coun­try with re­gard to cy­ber se­cu­rity; so we are look­ing for­ward to gen­er­at­ing big projects to­gether and to im­prov­ing se­cu­rity not just for Oman but also for every­body else in the world.”

The deal was signed by Dr. Salim Sul­tan Al Ruza­iqi, CEO of ITA, and Troels Oert­ing, Head of Global Cen­tre for Cy­ber­se­cu­rity, (GCC), at World Eco­nomic Fo­rum

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