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Posted On: 1 November 2019 07:27 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:05 pm

MoTC to develop first ICT lab in the Gulf region

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The Cybersecurity Affairs Sector at the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TUViT. TUViT is a German company and subsidiary of TUV Nord - a key player in setting international standards in Information Technology (IT) and a trusted vendor for setting up the first National Vetting Lab in the GCC and Arab states.

The MoU was signed by Director of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection at the Cyber Security Sector, MoTC Eng. Nora Yousef Al-Abdulla and General Manager IT Security, TUViT Frank Beuting.

The new technology lab aims to test security products for functionality and vet ICT products, while enhancing the security standards in the country. The lab will be the first of its kind not only in Qatar but in the GCC region and Arab States.

"We are delighted to partner with TUViT to set up the first regional Qatar National Laboratory for Technology Vetting (Common Criteria Vetting Lab) in GCC and the Arab States. The MoU reflects our commitment towards building safer, smarter and more resilient digital cities. We believe the Technology Vetting Lab will be an asset to the country and will be at the heart of the cybersecurity sector in Qatar," said Eng. Al-Abdulla.

"In line with Qatars National Cybersecurity Strategy, we will be focusing on several product categories for different sectors including oil and gas, IoT, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

QITCOM 2019 was a launchpad for us to announce the labs arrival and our vision of creating safer and smarter cities," she added.

The lab process begins with vendors (technology developers) submitting a request to the lab to check hardware and software products. The lab conducts an extensive investigation into the products and issues certificates as needed. The entire process takes around 6 months to 1 year for each product.

The security lab has been built to ISO standards and will be audited every two years to ensure it is up to the standards of the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement, an international agreement between 31 nations. This state-of-the-art technology lab is set to boost Qatars Cyber Security sector.

(Source: QNA)