The official opening of the Regional Cybersecurity Week was held under the patronage of H H Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq al Said, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan, at Kempinski Hotel Muscat with the participation of 600 cybersecurity specialists and 49 speakers from 45 countries.
The event that started on Sunday, will continue until October 31. It is being organised by the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center with the International Telecommunications Union and hosted by the Ministry of Technology and Communications.
Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO at the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC), spoke at the opening and highlighted the impact of the fourth Industrial Revolution (4-IR) on the cybersecurity field.
He said, “The applications and programmes of the 4-IR, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things, 3D printing, big data, robotics, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, and smart cities, have become fundamental pillars of the economies of the third millennium, and are radically changing the market demands in terms of work skills and competencies, rules and foundations of financial dealing, and trade, and methods of service delivery.”
Dr Ruzaiqi added, “There is no doubt that these new technologies that cover different aspects of life require rapid transformation of cybersecurity, where AI can enhance cybersecurity by leveraging existing data to analyze vulnerabilities and identify potential risks and work to correct security vulnerabilities.”
Sas Accelerator for cybersecurity In his speech, Dr Ruzaiqi announced the launch of Sas Accelerator for cybersecurity. He said, “We are glad to announce that MTC will take Sas Accelerator for cybersecurity under its wings with the Oman Technology Fund and some international partners, to support and develop emerging tech companies in the area of cybersecurity. Registration for the programmes will start in November, and the participating teams will start the programme during the first quarter of 2020 and it will continue for ten weeks.
“This programme targets teams and companies specialising in cybersecurity in MENA and which are still in the idea development phase. It will focus on technology business fields relating to cybersecurity like product analysis, added value, building a prototype and reaching to investors,” Dr Ruzaiqi said.
Cyber Stars contest On the sidelines of the summit, the results of the third edition of Regional Cyber Stars competition was revealed. The competition was organised by the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center and Silensec and supported by Ernst & Young.
The competition aims to develop skills and talents in the Arab countries in the field of cybersecurity and enhance their ability to compete at the regional and international levels. The participants were divided by age into two groups: 7 to 24 years old and 24 years and older. In this edition, 383 participants competed from eight countries.