Doha: Specialised workshop on cyber security awareness was held here
yesterday by Qatar's Supreme Council for Information and
Communications Technology (ictQatar) in collaboration with the Qatar
Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-Cert).
The importance of establishing an emergency response team to deal with
cyber threats came up for discussion at the event.
The workshop was third in a series of four that ictQatar and Q-Cert
will hold. The workshops were held to offer a detailed overview of the
various threats faced by computer networks and to gain inputs from
experts in the fields in Qatar.
They were conducted in cooperation with the CERT Coordination Centre,
a division of the Software Engineering Institute of the
Carnegie-Mellon University. The CERT-CC has responded to some 400,000
cyber security incidents worldwide that had affected hundreds of
thousands of Internet websites.
It had reported some 12,000 vulnerabilities and issued hundreds of
security advisories and bulletins. It had helped the creation of some
200 such similar forums worldwide. The Q-Cert, it was learnt would be
a pioneering organization of its kind in the GCC region.
The workshop was conducted by Richard D Pethia, director of SEI's
Networked Systems Survivability Program and team leader of Q-Cert.
Pethia pointed out how computer networks were at an increased risk due
to an increase in the number of hackers. Hamad Al Mannai, director of
projects at ictQatar, also spoke at the workshop.
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