The winners of the the 4th edition of ‘Cyber Stars’ competition were honoured by H E Eng Azza bint Suleiman al Ismaili, Minister of Technology and Communications on Monday.
Over 300 participants vied for the top slot in the competition that this year addressed the cybersecurity challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on a number of security aspects such as ethical hacking, protection of information and communication technology infrastructure systems, malware analysis and digital evidence analysis.
The competition, which was jointly organized by the ministry and Silensec Company at the end of July, aims to develop the skills of national talents in cybersecurity and enhance their ability to compete at the regional and international levels.
Divided into two age categories, the winners in the 17-24 years category are Mohammad bin Abdullah al Kalbani, first, second Yasser bin Khalid al Siyabi and third Rashid bin Hilal al Abri.
In the age group 24 years and above, Salim bin Darwish al Muqbali got the first place, followed by Mohammad bin Abdullah al Balushi and Salim bin Ali al Badi.
The winners will represent the sultanate at the Threat Hunter competition at the regional level, to be organized by the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center and Silensec in September.
The ITU-Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center (ITU-ARCC) was launched in December 2012 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The center provides assistance for Arab countries to establish national cybersecurity centers and help them gain international recognition, and give them the opportunity to benefit from the services provided by the Regional Center, in cooperation with ITU.
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