Q-CERT Stages First GCC Cyber Security Drill

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Q-CERT Stages First GCC Cyber Security Drill

Doha – Qatar

Qatar represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)’s Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) carried out the First GCC Cyber Security Drill.

Cyber defenders from four GCC countries participated in the event, which was held based on a recommendation from the GCC CERTS Committee of the Secretariat General of the GCC.

The drill aimed at exploring the best practices and tactics in terms of early and successful detection and blocking of cyber threats, in addition to testing the core elements of resiliency and strength throughout GCC cyber defense systems and networks.

Among key objectives as well is to enhance coordination, communication, teamwork and GCC computer emergency response teams’ capabilities by sharing information, alerts and potential threats in order to ensure continued collective efforts against cyber threats.

The drill featured multiple mock cyberattacks that organizations counter. The aim is to learn, test and share how GCC government and private organizations respond and handle such attacks rapidly and effectively.

The brotherly GCC countries that participated in the mock exercises hailed that the drill was planned and managed efficiently by Q-CERT.

This First GCC Cyber Security Drill precedes the Regional Cyber Security Drill to be held next year with participation from some Arab countries and the ITU Regional Office, under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and for which Q-CERT will design all mock cyberattack scenarios.