Saturday, 24 March 2012

Qatar focusses on cybercrime prevention

On 22nd March 2012 Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) held a conference focussed on raising awareness about emerging cybercrime risks, and on the exchange of information with international experts on trends and solutions.

I made a presentation on behalf of the European ATM Security Team (EAST), illustrating how 29 countries cooperate through EAST to share information on ATM related crime. Current threats faced by EAST members were explained along with information on trends and countermeasures.

Other presentations focussed on securing the ATM channel in Qatar from cybercrime threats, on the workings of the European public-private partnership initiative for the sharing of information on cybercrime (FI-ISAC), on cyber security in Malaysia, and on the e-Mob in the United States.

The conference closed with an address by Malike Bouaoud, Risk Section Manager (Critical Information Infrastructure) of the Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT). He stated that, because Qatar is a wealthy country with growing influence across the world it is a natural target for organised fraudsters. “We work with financial institutions in Qatar to protect our country from such cyber-attacks,” he said.

The world will be heading to Qatar in 2022 when the country hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup (the first Arab state to do so). Big international sporting events present significant security concerns to the host nation.... Qatar seems well placed to meet these challenges!

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