(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Organised by Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by Oman National CERT (OCERT) in cooperation with International Telecommunication Union (ITU), IMPACT and French business information group naseba, the third Annual Regional Cybersecurity Summit opened in Muscat on Sunday.
The summit began under the auspices of H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of a number of dignitaries, key government officials, CEOs and experts in different areas of information communication technology from countries around the world. This year's summit, under the theme Critical National Infrastructure and Information Protection (CNII - Protection)', has gathered cyber-security officials from MENA, representing key sectors of the economy “ public, oil and gas, telecommunications, utilities and banks “ to explore the importance and increased demand for cyber security, and available services and solutions in the market.
It discusses key technologies and threats associated with them, besides emphasiing on how policies and procedures can be set, regulated, executed and governed. Commenting on the Summit event, H E Alawi said, ''This regional conference is very important for the sultanate, as it has assumed responsibility for cybersecurity in the region.
The cooperation between the regional countries and other countries that have important interests in this region should be real. ''The sultanate welcomes such cooperation, which aims to protect the common electronic interests from thefts and other unethical behaviour that would bring losses to the business community and companies, investments and others.''
In his welcome address at the summit, Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO, ITA Oman, said, ''The issue of cybersecurity in general and the protection of institutions' critical infrastructures in particular requires a holistic view. ''As the number of cyber attacks increase, regional and global cooperation is necessary to face the challenge. ''The role of regional national CERTs is to work together to develop plans, share experiences and discuss solu