The Qatari capital Doha is set to host the GCC Digital Security Forum, on the 4th and 5th of February 2014. This will be the leading regional forum that will broadly discuss not only digital security breaches, and attacks on companies and its economic repercussions within the GCC but also the strategies and counter measures needed to overcome these threats and reinforce defenses against cyber intruders and hackers. The Forum will be held under the Patronage of the Qatari Minister of Information and Communications Technology Dr. Hessa Al Jaber and organized by MEEZA in collaboration with Al-Iktissad Wal- Aamal- Group.
The GCC Digital Security Forum convenes at a time when the topic of defending digital networks and systems against intrusions and threats has become a pivotal concern on the minds of governments, public institutions and private companies alike. This is especially true when Digital crime is costing the world billions of dollars in losses yearly. With this in mind, most governments in the region have created specialized agencies to respond to incidents and breaches and defend the existing digital networks, critical industries and the internet economy at large which is increasingly becoming critical to sustained long term economic growth.
According to the Forum organizers, topics of discussion will focus on GCC governmental actions taken to enhance the security of their infrastructures and networks from cyber-attacks. Discussions will also reevaluate current digital policies, legislations and strategies within the GCC region. This will entail fortifying and strengthening the cooperation between governments and private sector, as well as building inter-governmental cooperation in the sphere of Digital security.
In parallel the GCC Digital Security Forum, will discuss how organizations and companies improved their understanding of digital security, and developed strategies and programs and nurtured robust internal to meet with these challenges. Finally the Forum will evaluate how regulatory authorities efforts and CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Team) and their approach to dealing with incidents and breaches and further strengthening the resilience and security of networks.
The GCC Digital Security Forum will welcome more than 30 regional and international speakers who include HE Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Qatar Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mr. Rashid Al-Naimi, Chairman of MEEZA, Mr. Hamadoun Tore, Secretary General of ITU, Mr. Khalid Al Hashmi, Cyber Security Executive Director of Q-CERT, Qatar, Mr. Den Sullivan, Head of Architectures, Emerging Markets, Cisco Systems, Mr. Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, Mr. Troels Oerting, Head, European Cyber Crime Centre, Dr. Fadi Aloul, PhD, CISSP Professor, Cyber Security Advisor, Public Speaker, ANKABUT Advisory Board Member, and Mr. Andy Archibald, Deputy Director, Cyber, National Crime Agency, UK.
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