The Oman National Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has won a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize in Geneva, Switzerland, in the category building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.
The winning projects were announced during the High Level Event of the WSIS Forum 2014, which is taking place in the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, in the period from 9th to 13th June 2014, with a wide international participation of government bodies and institutions involved in IT, and private institutions and individuals concerned with IT from around the world.
The Sultanate’s delegation to the Forum is headed by Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of Information Technology Authority, and some officials from some government institutions. The WSIS 2014 is expected to endorse the “WSIS+10 Statement on Implementation of WSIS Outcomes” and the “WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015” through the high level dialogue and round table meetings to discuss the achievements and recommendations on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines.
The delegation had a meeting with the ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, in his office. During the meeting, they discussed the Sultanate’s efforts in enhancing the ICT sector and the Omani potentials in this field, along with other important topics concerning WSIS goals beyond 2015.
Dr. Al-Ruzaiqi delivered a speech at the opening of the High Level Event of the WSIS where he pointed at the Sultanate’s achievements in line with WSIS Action Lines and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) saying: “In Oman we constantly strive to take advantage from our participation in the World Summit on the Information Society to achieve concrete results. During the past ten years of the Sultanate’s participation in the summit, we made great progress in the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, and most notably in the areas of health, education, infrastructure and capacity building.”
In his statement, Dr. Al Ruzaiqi highlighted the success of the Sultanate national strategies in achieving the MDSs, saying: “The Sultanate has taken great strides to achieve social and economic welfare of the Omani citizens which can be noticed in the long term development plans follower of the strategies of long-term development plans and five-year development that translated the National strategies. With the continuous efforts made in the ICT field, the Sultanate has managed to maintain positive values in the indicators monitoring the WSIS goals. As the UN body is to update the priorities of development on an international level as a world beyond 2015, we affirm that we will work to achieve the desired goals of the Millennium Development Goals.”
The Oman National CERT received the WSIS Prize for its efforts in building confidence and trust in the use of information and communication technology which is an important pillar in the e.oman strategy. The OCERT has made great stride to build security confidence on Omanis through promoting cooperation among the governments at the United Nations and with all stakeholders at other appropriate fora to enhance user confidence, build trust, and protect both data and network integrity. A trusted security cannot be achieved without considering the existing and potential threats to ICTs; and addressing other information security and network security issues.
With the collaboration of the private sector, the government has prevented, detected and responded to cyber-crime and misuse of ICTs by: developing guidelines that take into account ongoing efforts in these areas; considering legislation that allows for effective investigation and prosecution of misuse; promoting effective mutual assistance efforts; strengthening institutional support at the international level for preventing, detecting and recovering from such incidents; and encouraging education and raising awareness.
Speaking on the occasion of OCERT winning WSIS Prize, Eng. Bader Al Salehi, Director General of OCERT said: “Winning WSIS Project Prize is another great recognition for OCERT’s outstanding contributions towards strengthening the implementation of the World Summit on the information Society (WSIS) outcomes. This international recognition will leads to more efforts and initiatives to further enhance national cyber security and to protect critical national infrastructures as well as protecting ICT users in Oman against cyber threats and risks. The prize also set a high standard and expectations that OCERT will not only need to maintain but to further develop and promote more regional and international cooperation to combat cyber threats resulting in building trust and confidence in the use of ICT as well as creating a safe cyber space globally.”
On the cooperation between the Sultanate and the ITU, Eng. Al Salehi said: “Oman success in building the trust and confidence in the use of ICT in Oman as well as in addressing cybercrime and cyber threats not only at the national level but also regionally and internationally has led to OCERT being recognized by hosting, managing and operating the first ever International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Cyber Security Center extending support and cybersecurity services to the entire Arab region. OCERT has also been recently elected to Chair the organization of Islamic Cooperation CERT (OIC-CERT ).”
The Sultanate’s participation
The Sultanate is participating in the WSIS Stocktaking session by delivering a presentation about 10 years of achievements in ICT presented by Aida Al Rahbi, Director of Contracts Management at ITA. Ms. Al Rahbi showcased the Sultanate achievements in the past 10 years in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDSs) and WSIS Action Lines in health, education, ICT infrastructure, ICT capacity building and human development and employment, aiming to transfer the Sultanate experience and knowledge at the global level and also spreading WSIS values while fostering them.
The Sultanate is also taking part in the exhibition held on the sidelines of the WSIS Forum showcasing some ICT initiatives related to human resources development and bridging the detail divide, as well as the ICT security initiatives and their positive impact on the Omani society. The Sultanate’s stall witnessed a huge crowd benefiting from the Sultanate experience and best practices in the implementation of WSIS goals.
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