Oman signs cybersecurity agreement with World Economic Forum

40466252685 c34e1c418b zThe cooperation aims to explore opportunities for building a non-exclusive collaboration towards promoting cybersecurity. (Image source: Ecole polytechnique/Flickr)Oman, represented by the Information Technology Authority (ITA), has signed an agreement with the World Economic Forum at the ITA premises in KOM, Muscat

The cooperation aims to explore opportunities for building a non-exclusive collaboration towards promoting cybersecurity, increasing cyber capacities and identifying potential cooperation in projects and initiatives to mitigate cyber threats, including but not limited to cybersecurity capacity building and workforce development, cyber threat early warning, CERT/CSIRT implementations, global cyber network for response and cybersecurity of Internet-of-Things.

The agreement was signed by ITA CEO Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi and Troels Oerting, head of Global Centre for Cybersecurity, (GCC), at World Economic Forum.

Salim Al Ruzaiqi commented, “Through this agreement we seek to strengthen cooperation between the Sultanate and the World Economic Forum in the field of cybersecurity and we hope that the agreement will contribute to enhancing the role of the Sultanate as a developed country in the field of cybersecurity readiness as we are ranked first place in the Arab world and fourth worldwide.”

“The Sultanate is playing a major role in helping other countries build their capabilities to face the cyber threats and risks. The agreement will also provide investment opportunities for local and international companies working in cybersecurity," he added.

Troels Oerting, said, “I think the cybersecurity is the most important thing these days where we transform the whole world into a digital way, so we simply connect all physical equipment to the digital world and the cloud for that security is needed. I am very grateful today that we have signed a MoU agreement with the government of Oman and the ITA in order to enhance our cooperation on how to protect the innocent users of the Internet not to be victims.”

“The only way we can do that is by working together. By working with Oman we also get access to many other countries in the region and over the globe because Oman is known as the Switzerland of the Middle East for its neutral roles. I also have been impressed by the expertise in this country in cyber security so we are looking forward to generating big projects together and to improve security not just for Oman but also for everybody else in the world,” Oerting concluded.

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