Regional Cyber Drill for Arab Countries Takes Place in Doha

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Regional Cyber Drill for Arab Countries Takes Place in Doha


The fifth regional Cyber Drill for Arab countries, organized by the ITU-Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center (ARCC) in collaboration with the ITU Arab Regional Office, began today at the Four Seasons Doha Hotel and will continue until March 9.

Hosted by Qatar and represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the workshop brings together the Arab region’s cyber security operation centers and private information security emergency centers.

“The Ministry of Transport and Communications has been embracing the strategies and plans that help contribute to maximizing the benefits gained from the latest world technologies on the path of bolstering our ICT sector,” said Mr. Eng. Khalid Al-Hashmi, Assistant Undersecretary of Cyber Security at the Ministry, in his opening remarks.

He said that the Ministry’s “Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team, Q-CERT, works tirelessly to maintain our cybersecurity against worldwide threats that might affect us and remains vigilant to ensure an electronic environment free of hacking that might hinder the way we use and benefit from technology. The Ministry also provides support for all entities in this domain countrywide.”

“The Ministry also holds regular national training programs and cyber drills to further enhance State institutions’ response and readiness efficiency,” he noted.

The workshop aims to boost communication capabilities, teambuilding, and cyber threat response capabilities, aiming to maintain the ongoing efforts that Arab computer emergency response teams (CERTs) exert for combating cyber threats. It also works as a platform for further cooperation and discussions on current cybersecurity challenges.