Oman ITA hosts Cyber Security Ambassadors

Oman National CERT and the ITA hold forum for IT security awareness

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Oman ITA hosts Cyber Security Ambassadors The Forum honoured participants in the Ambassadors initiative.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 9, 2015

Oman's Information Technology Authority (ITA) has held it's Cyber Security Ambassadors Forum, to spread security awareness to IT professionals, students and the wider public.

The Forum was hosted by the National Center for Computer Emergency Readiness Team, (OCERT) under the auspices of Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA.

The Ambassadors project was launched in 2011 to create a permanent link between OCERT and its constituents, to promote Information Security Awareness. The forum included participation by a number of representatives of governmental institutions, private and civil society institutions, national committees and a large number of Cyber Security Ambassadors Program members.

The Forum aims to be a networking channel between the ambassadors' program members and with the stakeholders in the Information Technology Authority; in which they can deliver their views and feedback to develop the program and the other initiatives taken by ITA in cyber security field. The ITA honoured the 2014 distinguished ambassadors, in recognition of their efforts in spreading digital culture in the field of information security.

Eng. Badr bin Ali Al Salehi, Director General of the Center, said in his opening remarks: "Since its launch in 2011, the program has achieved a number of important achievements. In the number of members; the program saw the participation of 570 members where 115 members joined during the past year only, and at the level of courses and workshops, 41 educational sessions attended by nearly 212 ambassadors were organised."

The forum included lectures on the problem of online blackmail, presented by Ibrahim Al Shuaili; how to become an active security ambassador, presented by Talal Al Asmi, and social media privacy presented by Hassan Al Ajmi.

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