Etisalat Academy inaugurates MEITSEC 2003

The 5-day Middle East Information Technology Security Conference (MEITSEC) 2003 event intends to address the IT security challenges facing the region.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 5, 2003

Etisalat Academy today inaugurated the Middle East Information Technology Security Conference (MEITSEC) 2003 being held at the academy between 4-8 October.

"The objective of this event is not confined to the tracks addressed and topics covered. It actually extends to reaching tangible recommendations to leverage the executives of networks, legislative officials and e-business trends as well as the development of IT cadres," commented Dr. Dooa Fares, general manager, Etisalat Academy.

Running alongside the five-day conference there are a series of free workshops organised with Cisco Systems. These workshops will address the issues of e-commerce, its security threats and vulnerabilities and protecting your organisation from poorly protected remote access and stolen computers.

The conference will feature, high profile speakers from all over the world will present topics ranging from best practices, next generation security services, cyber forensics and computer crimes investigation and legislative issues. Speakers from Symantec, ISS, Information Security Institute USA, Boeing, Comtrust, EIM Cisco Systems and other companies are expected.

"The objective of this event is reach tangible recommendations to leverage the executives of networks, legislative officials and e-business trends as well as the development of IT cadres," added Dr. Doaa.

A live virtual hacking session, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be displayed in front of the delegates. All the relevant parties will be involved from the hacker to the judge. The trial will be run, in three different virtual legislative systems, the rationale behind it being to stimulate all major players of the cyber crime to discuss, analyse and perhaps propose guidelines on how to protect the current systems in the region.

"As part of its leading role, and being the major telecom corporation in the Middle East, Etisalat and the academy hold this unique event periodically. We do this in conjunction with the leading manufacturers, solution providers, world-class producers and the industry giants from the U.S, EU and the Far East, particularly at this stage where the current IT threats evolve in this region," said Dr. Dooa.

Owned and operated by the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), the Etisalat Academy is a career development centre of excellence in the Middle East, which provides training, and education in the telecommunications, IT, business management, marketing, accountancy and auditing.

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