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KINDI Center for Computing Research hosts Cyber Security Week | Qatar University

KINDI Center for Computing Research hosts Cyber Security Week

2017-11-27 00:00:00.0

Will provide solutions to the current challenges in the area of cyber security

KINDI Center for Computing Research at CENG launched on November 26 the Cyber Security Week, aimed to gather experts and researchers to exchange their expertise and ideas and provide solutions to the current challenges in the area of cyber security.

The opening session, which is themed “Cybersecurity and the Blockade: Opportunities and Threats”, was attended by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al Maadeed, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa, Qatar Armed Forces Commander of Signal and Information Brigadier Abdul Aziz Falah Al-Dosari, Ministry of Transport and Communications Assistant Undersecretary Eng Khalid Sadiq al-Hashmi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Technology Director Dr Saif Mohammed Al-Kuwari, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Information and Communication Technology Programme Director Dr Munir Tag, Thales Critical Information Systems and Cyber Security Specialist Mr Baptiste Cazagou, and Tubitak representative Dr Devrim UNAL, as well as CENG faculty, staff and students.

The week covers various activities including a training session titled “Introduction to Secure Software Development” and training cybersecurity series on “Introduction to Web-Hacking”, “Web-Hacking Contest” and “Anti-Blockade Hackathon”.

In his remarks, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Through this week, QU is supporting the vision of the National Cyber Security Strategy, which represents a roadmap to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, and contributes to the preservation of the fundamental rights and values of Qatari society.”

He added: “This event urges the need to develop efficient mechanisms to combat cybercrime, increase awareness of its risks and enhance security in public and private organizations and institutions. It also contributes to keeping abreast of contemporary technology that makes electronic systems more secure and cohesive, and address cybercrime challenges such as cross-border crime and cyber-attacks.”

KINDI for Computing Research Director Dr Noora Fetais said: “Until recently, cybercrime was limited to individuals or small groups, but as Internet networks expanded, these crimes became more complex and widespread, causing significant damage to companies and institutions. Although there is an evolution in the systems of some institutions, they are not immune to cyber-attacks because of the development of mechanisms and methods of electronic hackers, and hence all institutions need to develop a plan for the development of their infrastructure to enhance cybersecurity.”