Q-CERT holds cyber security drill to secure major events

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Q-CERT holds cyber security drill to secure major events

Doha-Qatar

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) organized on Wednesday a Pre-Conference for the 6th National Cybersecurity Drill (Star 6) which will be conducted next December.

The event titled 'Defending the Nation, Securing Major Events' featured expert speakers from Gartner Research, Kaspersky, F-secure and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

“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,” said Eng. Khalid Sadiq Al Hashmi Assistant Undersecretary for Cyber Security Sector at MOTC on the sidelines of the press conference on the 6th National Cybersecurity Drill.

He added: “The aim of organizing the event is to protect the State’s digital assets and to unify the efforts of all government entities.”
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 the importance of cybersecurity during these events.
He said that the cybersecurity drills do not target operational sectors or departments, but target the departments that support IT sectors.

For her part, Nora Al Abdullah, Training & Awareness Section Head at MOTC 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 Responding 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.