Q-CERT’s Third National Cyber Security Drill “Star-3” in Collaboration with Qatar University

Sunday, December 6, 2015
National Drill (Star-3)

The Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) is conducting its Third National Cyber Security Drill “Star-3” this month in collaboration with Qatar University.

The announcement was made during a media briefing held today at InterContinental Doha the City and addressed by Mr. Eng. Khalid Al Hashmi, Assistant Undersecretary of Cyber Security Sector, ictQATAR, and Dr. Sumaya Al-Maadeed, Head of Computer Science & Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Qatar University.

Cyber drills are exercises that measure the level of readiness against evolving cyber threats and are conducted on a yearly basis

Every year, Q-CERT conducts the drill in a different format for different purposes. Star-1 tested incident response and reporting capabilities and Star-2 tested cross-sector communication in times of crisis. This year’s Star-3 will be sector specific, focusing on building defense strategies with the objective of creating an opportunity for participant organizations to test and improve their internal procedures, understand cyber security holistically and assess sectorial maturity.

Organizations from the sectors of energy, finance, government, telecommunications, healthcare, education, sports and transportation will participate in Star-3, in addition to ICT providers and academia. A number of Qatar University students will also have the opportunity to attend as observers.

Cyber drills are coordinated in line with the second objective of the National Cyber Security Strategy: “Respond to, resolve and recover from cyber incidents and attacks through timely information sharing, collaboration and action.”

The overall expected number of participants is over 300 from 50 organizations, an increase of 200 percent over the first drill.

Ahead of Star-3, Q-CERT invited participating sectors to a half-day workshop on business crisis and continuity management, aiming to bring all participants up to speed on the cyber security concepts that need to be applied at the drill.