Kuwait’s CAIT, Kaspersky Lab and Diyar host cybersecurity conference

The three organisations move to promote cyber security awareness in the Gulf state

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Kuwait’s CAIT, Kaspersky Lab and Diyar host cybersecurity conference Delegates attend the inaugural conference, which aims to promote cyber security awareness in different industries in Kuwait.
By  Manda Banda Published  May 8, 2018

Kuwait's Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), in partnership with cyber security specialists Kaspersky Lab and regional IT specialist Diyar, recently hosted a cyber security conference aimed at raising IT security awareness.

Held under the the theme "Cyber Defense", the inaugural conference aims to promote cyber security awareness in different industries in Kuwait and enhance preparedness and readiness across government and private sector organisations.

According to the recent Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) statistics for Q1 2018, 26.2% of users in Kuwait were affected by web threats, while 50.5% of users were affected by local threats (malware spread in local networks, by USBs, CDs, and DVDs). The results also showed a 7.2% drop in Ransomware attacks in the country.

Khalied Al Hatem, head, Prevention and Incident Response at CAIT, said: "Raising cyber security awareness is a critical need across public and private sector organisations in the region and we are encouraged by the support and participation of global and regional leaders such as Kaspersky Lab and Diyar. We strongly believe that, when it comes to cyber security, awareness is the best prevention."

Amir Kanaan, managing director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), Kaspersky Lab, said: "We are honoured to play a key role at the event, and this symbolises our commitment to cybersecurity in Kuwait, an integral market for us. Raising cyber security consciousness and boosting technical knowhow are essential pillars in remedying concerns at both public and private sector levels."

Kanaan said Kaspersky Lab is aligned with Kuwait's national vision and looks forward to introducing hands-on training, workshops and next-generation solutions and services that will help keep the country safe from cyber threats.

Sammy Elyan, cyber security principal consultant at Diyar, commented that: "Diyar is proud to bring its regional knowledge and history to a forum such as this, to stand alongside CAIT and Kaspersky Lab to elevate the level of knowledge in IT and cyber security. We believe that government departments and businesses in Kuwait are quite advanced in terms of cyber security awareness, but an event such as this is still essential to constantly elevate the level of readiness in the market."

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