OIC signs agreement with FIRST for cybersecurity

Oman CERT signs MoU for Organisation of Islamic Countries to collaborate with global security response group

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OIC signs agreement with FIRST for cybersecurity Margrete Raaum, chair of FIRST, and Eng. Bader Alsalhi Director General of OCERT, sign the agreement.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 18, 2017

The Sultanate of Oman has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), to increase collaboration on cybersecurity.

Oman was acting in its position as the chair of the board of cybersecurity centres of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). The Sultanate's own computer emergency response team, OCERT, signed the agreement on behalf of the 57 countries of the OIC.

FIRST is an international group of security and incident response teams founded in 1990 in response to the global threat of computer viruses spreading between organisations in different countries. The organisation provides members with access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams to respond more effectively to security incidents.

The MoU aims at reinforcing cooperation in the areas of cybersecurity incidents' response, organising events, courses, conferences, in addition to training courses in this field and sharing warnings of attacks and cybersecurity risks.

The agreement was signed during the general annual meeting of FIRST by Eng. Bader Alsalhi Director General of OCERT, and Margrete Raaum, chair of FIRST.

Eng. Badar Alsalehi said: "This cooperation aims at achieving the vision and objectives of the National Cybersecurity Centers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in reinforcing the relations between the National Cybersecurity Centres in the organisation, exchanging information and experiences in cybersecurity field and aligning the cybersecurity policies with the rules and legislative regulations. In addition to encouraging research and innovation in this field, building the cybersecurity capabilities and raising awareness among the member states as well as helping them to establish and develop national cybersecurity centres.

"The OCERT, since its inception, endeavoured to develop the national human resources skills and competencies in Cybersecurity at OCERT to deliver highly professional services as well as building capacity of IT professionals working in the government or in the critical national infrastructure as well as developing students skills in this field."

 "OCERT always seeks to strengthen the regional and international cooperation by joining the regional and international organisations and institutions which are specialized in the cybersecurity field. It contributed in establishing a standing committee under the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to respond to the IT emergencies and became a member at the same committee in 2008. In addition, OCERT became a member in FIRST organisation in 2010 and in the National Cybersecurity Centers in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in 2011. Furthermore, the centre has been chosen to host and operate the ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center in 2013."

In 2013, the Sultanate, represented by OCERT in the ITA, has been elected to be the chairman of board of directors of Cybersecurity Centers in the organization and it was re-elected in 2015.

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