(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: International policy think-tank Chatham House, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) yesterday held a forum for experts from around the world to discuss electronic threats to the business and infrastructure of shipping and ports.
Titled: 'Cyber Security of the Maritime Sector: Challenges and Opportunities the event brought together specialists from shipping, industry, government and research to exchange ideas and experiences on the ever-evolving risks facing the transport of commodities by sea. Joining Chatham House and MOTC were senior specialists from local shipping conglomerate Milaha, LNG shipping giant Nakilat, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Coventry University UK, Associated British Ports, Hudson Cyber USA, and Aon, amongst others.
Neil Quilliam of Chatham House opened the forum by emphasising the importance of cross-sector collaboration and highlighting how workshops such as these are an example of partnerships being built to create effective responses to the constantly changing threats in the maritime sector.
In his address, Eng. Khalid Al Hashimi, Assistant Under-Secretary of Cyber Security at MOTC, spoke about the evolution of risk management and the fact that Qatar has just launched a framework to enable government e-services to be automatically compliant with European norms and standards in terms of data security; 'We at Qatar Government are working with constituents and industry to ensure that certification and compliance are not a hindrance but inspire trust, he said.
MOTC Director of Compliance, Eng. Dana Al Abdulla outlined the legislative tools that Qatar is developing to ensure that security strategies are enforceable, while Adnan Al Banna from Milaha explained how Qatar was able to recover the almost 40 percent drop in maritime inflows after the blockade in almost no time thanks to partnerships such as that between Milaha and the MOTC.