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6th Regional Cyber Security Summit

6th Regional Cyber Security Summit

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To Boost Cybersecurity Readiness, ITA and Oman Oil Company Sign Partnership Agreement

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02/Apr/2018


The Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre of ITU hosted in Oman and Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C (OOC), signed a Partnership Agreement to enable OOC and its group of companies to benefit from the cyber security services offered by ITA and Regional Centre.


This was announced in an event held yesterday Monday at the OOC Head Quarters, where 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, with the attendance of representatives from both parties.


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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 organizations 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.

On the importance of this agreement, , 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 center events,” he further added.


Commenting on the strategic partnership between OOC group of companies and ITA, Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Musalhi, Director of Human Capital, ICT and Supply Chain 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.”

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It is worth mentioning that the establishment of strategic partnerships in the field of cybersecurity should contribute to the protection of government and CNI entities especially through the application of the best international standards and practices. The partnership with OOC is to enhance cooperation based on capacity building and training to ensure a higher level of system development and enhanced skills to deal effectively with threats that the organization may face in the future.


About Oman Oil:

Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C (OOC) is a commercial company wholly owned by the Government of Oman. Established in 1996 to pursue investment opportunities in the wider energy sector both inside and outside Oman, The Company plays an important role in the Sultanate's efforts to diversify the economy as well as fostering and building human capital. OOC’s portfolio consists of over 40 investments across 15 countries. Investments within Oman are managed through four subsidiaries: Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production L.L.C, Oman Oil Facilities Development Company L.L.C, Oman Oil Duqm Development Company L.L.C and Takamul Investment Company S.A.O.C, while international assets are managed by the OOC International Investment Unit.


About ARCC:

In December 2012, the ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Center (ITU-ARCC) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Information Technology Authority with a vision of creating a safer and cooperative cybersecurity environment in the Arab Region and strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies in the region. In line with the objectives of the ITU Global Cyber security Agenda (GCA), ITU-ARCC acts as ITU’s cybersecurity hub in the region localizing and coordinating cybersecurity initiatives. ITU-ARCC is hosted, managed and operated by Oman National CERT (OCERT). The Centre was officially launched on the 3rd of March 2013, at the Oman National CERT in Muscat, Oman, by Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Deputy Secretary General of the ITU, who is currently holding the position of the Secretary General of ITU.



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