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Improved Measures needed to fight Cybercrimes: Minister


KUWAIT: Kuwait is in need for non-stop development  of measures for protecting digital economy and curbing cybercrimes, a government official said. Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Ali Al-Omair also called for boosting cyber security in Kuwait as well as other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, amid sophisticated challenges resulting from the use of modern technology. He said that the Kuwaiti government had made unprecedented progress in the field.

The minister made that statement yesterday at the opening of Kuwait’s 2nd Industrial Automation and Control System Cyber Security Conference (KIACS) 2015. The event concludes tomorrow, and is sponsored and hosted by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).

Direct challenge
The government regards such threats as a direct challenge to national security, Omair told the two-day conference. He assured people that the state would take necessary measures to boost data security, enacting new laws and consolidating awareness. The minister urged more cooperation among the government, the private sector and industrial companies as “real partners” to protect information security in the country. Cyber space has brought about radical changes in the world’s economy offering more than two billion people direct access to economic and social data Nizar Al-Adsani, CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), told the event. It has been imposing unprecedented challenges and risks prompting harder work on the security of our systems, he added. Adsani recalled cyber attacks that targeted two of the Middle East’s largest energy companies, Saudi Aramco, and Qatar’s Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company (RasGas), in September 2012.

Main themes
KIACS 2015, held under patronage of Minister Omair, focuses on three main technical
themes; Cyber Security Standards; Human Factor Dynamics in Cyber Security and
Cyber Security Best Practices Implemented in Operational Technologies (OTs).
Some of the several aims of the event are: reviewing the cyber security standards and international community’s experience and achievements to date in strengthening
cyber security of industrial automation and control systems ; learning and sharing cyber security best practices implemented in operational technologies (OTs) and understanding the Human Factor Dynamics in Cyber Security.

Other objectives include identifying the emerging cyber law trends and jurisprudence impacting cyberspace in today’s scenario and creating far more awareness about the newly
emerging kinds of cybercrimes that are impacting all stakeholders in the digital ecosystem. It
also seeks to identify the areas in cybercrimes where cyber law needs to be further evolved so as to meet with the expectation and needs of the relevant stakeholders of the digital ecosystem.

Rapid development
In other news, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa highlighted the state’s institutions’ need to cope with the rapid development of information and computer technology, adding that the Ministry of Higher Education is keen on improving and supporting researches to set Kuwait among the scientifically developed countries.
The minister made those statements yesterday during the opening ceremony of the First
International Conference on Computing Sciences and Engineering (ICCSE 2015), titled
‘Massive Data in the Service of Society’. The two day conference is attended by experts and specialists in the field. “This comes in line with Kuwait’s commitment to maintain a remarkable education level, and exert all possible efforts to achieve the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in making the country a regional financial and commercial center,” the Minister affirmed.

Massive data
Dr Fawaz Al-Enizi, the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, said meanwhile that the conference embraces 25 researches and is attended by 16 visiting professors from Australia, Canada, the United States, Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The conference tackles the importance of collecting and resolving massive data. It is organized through the support of ACM Society, a world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, besides Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). The conference will include workshops and seminars with the participation of governmental and non-governmental bodies in the field of information technology. —KUNA


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