Security officials meet in Qatar to discuss Gulf CERT

Information security officials hold meeting to discuss formation of a GCC Computer Emergency Response Team

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 17, 2008

Government officials from Gulf countries have met in Qatar to discuss the foundation of a GCC Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The officials, including country CERT directors and information security officials, were hosted by Qatar's Council for Information & Communications Technology, (ictQATAR). The group discussed a roadmap for founding a GCC-CERT, areas of co-operation and possible joint projects.

Khaled Al-Hashmi, operations manager at GIMO, ictQATAR said: "The plan is to build a GCC-CERT Centre to collaborate and coordinate in handling incidents at the regional and global level. We, as a nation, realize that a lot of activities are happening individually and among other GCC and Arabic nations, who are trying to protect their human assets and infrastructure. We want to combine these activities together to see how we can leverage them by sharing knowledge. We would like to see a future GCC-CERT Centre staffed by GCC members that can monitor active cyber traffic and be proactive in handling regional information security incidents.

The meeting was held to follow up on one of the recommendations from the GCC Ministerial Meeting for Post, Communications & Information Technology held last month in Doha.

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