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Roundtable discusses Qatar's cybersecurity readiness

Lockheed Martin hosts HBKU and University of Patras to discuss building IT security capabilities

Bermak: HBKU has launched a Master's in Cybersecurity and works with the industry to ensure the development of relevant skills.
Bermak: HBKU has launched a Master's in Cybersecurity and works with the industry to ensure the development of relevant skills.

Lockheed Martin has hosted a two-day round table event with education institutes and cybersecurity experts to discuss how Qatar can develop its national cyber security capabilities.

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar and the University of Patras, Greece participated in the first International Cyber Security Technologies Roundtable, to discuss the development of a framework to cultivate human-capital and educational framework to address future cybersecurity challenges across diverse sectors.

Commenting on the collaboration, Professor Amine Bermak, acting associate provost and ICT Division Coordinator, HBKU said: "At the heart of what we do as educators at Hamad bin Khalifa University is to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow. Later this summer we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students to our new Master of Science in Cybersecurity program."

He added: "We recognize the importance of collaborating with industry to provide our students with the skills of the future to solve some of the most pressing cyber challenges facing industry and government. The discussions that took place over the past few days will help us develop the talent pipeline in this area of critical national significance to Qatar."   

Professor Dimitrios Serpanos, University of Patras, and director of the Industrial Systems Institute said: "The University of Patras is a leading European University in engineering, including electrical and computing, with strong activities in cybersecurity research. The participation and support to this roundtable demonstrates the commitment of the faculty to address the growing cybersecurity challenge to academia, industry, and governments around the world. Bringing talent together with a global lens will bring the innovative approach we need to shape a more secure future."

The roundtable was held as part of Lockheed Martin's efforts to support the Qatar National Vision 2030, and support the country's national cyber security objectives. The roundtable brought together a group of multi-national cyber experts from across academia and industry to support innovation and open discussions in this field of growing importance to Qatar and the greater GCC region. The discussions also focused on the build-up of the next generation of cyber defenders.

Tom Milton, chief executive Lockheed Martin Qatar, said: "We are excited to support a strong foundation of preparedness for the emerging cyber threats this region will face. Today's increasingly complex security environment requires dynamic collaboration with academia, industry, and government to execute Qatar's national cyber priorities.

"This roundtable is just the beginning. Lockheed Martin looks forward to leveraging our global technology expertise to support Qatar's efforts to keep its networks and citizens safe from the emerging cyber challenges."