Information Systems Forum focuses on cybersecurity, privacy and trust

MUSCAT: The Department of Information Systems at the College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, organised on Thursday the First Information Systems Forum on the topic “Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust” under the auspices of Hussein bin Ali al Hilali, the Attorney-General. Researchers, developers in information systems security, and industry professionals from across Oman attended the event to exchange their knowledge and experiences on how to address security and privacy challenges for information systems, especially in business and governmental organisations.
Along with technological issues, the forum discussed social issues related to cybersecurity and privacy. The forum addressed aspects related to cybersecurity and privacy that are of concerns to organisations and individuals, thus creating new opportunities for academics and practitioners in private and governmental sectors to exchange their knowledge and allow for discussion on the problems and solutions in the emerging area. The topics discussed included “cybersecurity governance; managing cybersecurity; cybersecurity for emerging technologies; and cyber laws, privacy, trust, and security awareness.”
Delivering the welcome address, Dr Saeed bin Mubarak al Muharami, Dean of the College of Economics and Political Science, said that with Internet-based services becoming more and more involved in everyday sensitive and critical applications and business processes, Internet system security, privacy and trust and forensic investigations are becoming an important concern especially with tremendous increase in cybernetic crimes.
“The forum addresses these aspects and aims to create new opportunities for academics and security practitioners in private and government sectors to exchange their knowledge and allow for discussion on the problems and solutions in these emerging areas,” he said.
The first keynote was delivered by Badar bin Ali al Salehi, Director-General of Oman National CERT at the Information Technology Authority.
He gave a general overview of cybercrimes across the world and in Oman in particular and the legal, social and technical issues, which cybercrime presents.
Dr Ramasubrahmaniam, Director and CEO of Valiant Technologies, Abu Dhabi, gave the second keynote on “cybersecurity governance”. The event included two panel discussions on “cybersecurity for emerging technologies”, and “cyber laws, trust and security awareness”.
The forum ended with closing remarks by Dr Kamla bint Ali al Busaidiya, Head of the Information Systems Department at SQU.