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Oman National CERT chairs annual conference for OIC-CERT

Seventh annual meeting brought together OIC and Asia Pacific certs to discuss cyber security

Oman National CERT chairs annual conference for OIC-CERT
The seventh annual conference of the OIC-CERT was chaired by Oman and hosted in Malaysia.

Oman's National CERT has chaired the seventh Organization of Islamic Cooperation- CERT (OIC-CERT) Annual General Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was hosted by Cybersecurity Malaysia and took place from 6th to 10th September under the theme ‘Bridging the World - Go Cyber Green'. The event brought together computer emergency response teams (CERTS) from 25 member countries of the Asia-Pacific region (APCERT), and 57 member countries of OIC-CERT.

Eng. Badar Al Salehi, the chairman of the OIC-CERT, said that the event was important for bringing the two regional platforms together to address the fast-growing issue of cybercrime and cyber security: "We are very proud as the chair of OIC-CERT that the cyber security strategy and business plan developed by Oman CERT for the OIC-CERT, has taken OIC-CERT into a more focused and strategized program and initiative addressing cyber security from various aspects including organisational structure, legal and regulatory aspects, capacity building, cyber security awareness and promotion of OIC-CERT and regional and international cooperation."

The five-day conference featured the collaboration of APCERT and OIC-CERT under a single umbrella, to provide the opportunity for information security professionals of both platforms to meet and work towards enhancing cyber security and cross-border initiatives. Therefore, this event offers possible partnerships and collaboration pertaining to cyber security and in creating resiliency in the cyber space.

OIC-CERT was established to encourage and support the teams of member countries, seeking to strengthen the relationship between National CERTs in member countries, support data exchange, prevent and fight electronic terrorism and cyber-attacks, promote learning and awareness programs, and elevate the level of cooperation in technological research and development.

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