(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Sidi Mohamed | The Peninsula
DOHA: The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) said the State of Qatar is one of the leading and first regional countries to run cyber drills depending on the national potential, which enabled them to transfer their knowledge and experience to other states during the drill.
These remarks were made by Assistant Undersecretary for Cyber Security in MoTC Eng Khalid Sadiq Al Hashmi on the sidelines of the press conference on the 6th National Cybersecurity Drill 'Star 6 organised by MoTC.
'Over 500 people from 95 entities will participate in the cybersecurity drill ‘Star 6' event to be hosted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications next month, he said.
He added: 'The aim of organising the event is to protect the State's digital assets and to unify the efforts of all government entities. He added that the 6th edition of the event, which will take place in December, will be on securing major events from a cybersecurity aspect.
He reiterated that the topic of the event is very important considering the major events Qatar is hosting, led by 2022 FIFA World Cup. He stressed on the importance of achieving cybersecurity during these events.
'The first edition, ‘Star 1' was in 2013, which was joined by 120 participants and 20 entities, whereas the upcoming edition is expected to attract more than 500 participants and nearly 95 entities, Al Hashmi said.
He said that the cybersecurity drills do not target operational sectors or departments, but targets departments that support IT sectors.
'The national strategy for cybersecurity is based on three important elements: the human element, the procedural element and the technical element, stressing that all information security policies are issued by the State through various relevant bodies, workshops and courses in this regard, he added.
For her part, head of Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) at MOTC Nora Al Abdullah, said that cyber drills are an important part of the national cybersecurity strategy that was issued in 2014.
She pointed out that since the first drill, which was held under the title (response to cyber incidents) the mechanism of implementing the drills has been developed, with the number of participants increasing from 20 to about 95 in the next edition.