Oman Oil Company signs ITU cybersecurity centre for services
Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre to provide security services to Oman Oil Company
The Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre of ITU has signed an agreement to provide Oman Oil Company (OOC) with cyber security services.
The cybersecurity centre, which is based in Oman and represented by the Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA), will provide specialised services including training to improve OOCs cyber security readiness.
Eng, Bader Ali Al-Salehi, head of the Arab regional cyber security center, and the DG of Oman National CERT at ITA and Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Musalhi, Director General of Human Capital, ICT and Supply Chain, at Oman Oil Company signed the agreement.
The partnership consists of providing specialized cyber security services including customized training opportunities in the field of information security for OOC and its subsidiaries, which are in line with the internationally recognized standards. The training programs will include a number of technical and specialized topics in the field of cybersecurity, such as risk assessment and detection of vulnerabilities, which will contribute in protecting the organisations from attacks that may occur as a result of these vulnerabilities or reduce the impact of the risks in case they occur, additionally the services also include cybersecurity assessments and cyber threat and risk notifications services.
Eng. Bader bin Ali Al-Salhi, head of the Arab Regional Security Centre and Director-General of OCERT said: "Signing this partnership agreement comes under the initiatives adopted by the centre to promote cooperation with the private sector particularly to enhance the cybersecurity within the critical national infrastructure industry (CNIs). The partnership agreement aims to enable CNIs to benefit from the cybersecurity services offered by the regional centre to enhance cybersecurity readiness at CNIs as well as engaging Omani companies to contribute to the delivery of cybersecurity services.
"The partnership takes place at this critical period where CNIs especially the oil and gas industry have been always targeted by cyber security threats regionally and internationally. Thus the [partnership includes specialized cyber security training and awareness programs , cyber threat and notification services, security assessment services and the opportunity for OCC and its subsidiaries to participate in the regional centre events," he added.
Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Musalhi, Director of Human Capital, ICT and Supply Chain, OOC, said: "Choosing ITA as a strategic partner is to further enhance our collaboration as a company with the government sector, as well as to learn and train from the best expertise in the market." Adding, "Due to the continuous rapid development of the IT platform, and the on-going IT security issues the world has faced recently, it is of utmost importance for us as a group of companies to ensure we create partnerships with industry experts to enhance our training opportunities for further knowledge transfer and to adopt the best practices to mitigate threats."