In a three-day Milipol Qatar 2021 event, MOSECO and partners joined leaders from the homeland and civil defense industry to present current solutions in the world of cybersecurity in order to secure a safer world.
Raising awareness that it doesn’t take much effort to misuse modern information and communications technology for illegal purposes, public safety and security authorities need state-of-the-art technology to counter this situation. Teaming up with leading technology providers to detect and ward off threats at an early stage and track criminal offenses, MOSECO and partners have concluded the event successfully and are open to collaboration in the sphere which gathered us in this year’s Milipol. Occasions like these, which bring together a variety of different approaches, knowledge, and solutions, are the way through which we say that we all reached a remarkable achievement both at a local and global scale.
After discovering a breach in early January and attributing it to Chinese cyberspies, a new problem emerged. Five days before Microsoft issued a patch on March 2, another explosion of infiltrations by other intruders, piggybacking on the initial breach appeared. Victims organizations range from those that run email servers, from retailers to law firms, municipal governments, healthcare providers, and manufacturers, Associated Press confirmed. While this hack doesn’t pose any kind of national security threat worldwide, it still is a threat for victims who didn’t install the patch in time, thus allowing hackers to invade their systems.
Cybersecurity analysts released that around 30,000 US victims are detected last Friday, whereas the global number of victims affected by this issue goes up to 250,000 in the estimate. Cybersecurity firm TrustedSec, confirmed that hundreds of thousands of organizations could have been vulnerable to the hack. Finding a solution to this problem is not a simple task as updating software, but it rather requires upgrades in servers, with a very small number of incidence response teams equipped to tackle this.
In order to avoid hackers invading your businesses, we at MOSECO provide cybersecurity breach protection, thus saving your data and blocking any possible intrusions and attacks. Our partners at CrowdStrike and our encryption system LockMagic can surely prevent breaches, keeping your data intact and protected.
Next Monday, March 15 we will be showcasing these in the coming Milipol Qatar, Homeland Security and Civil Defence event.
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ICT Expert and former Head of Technical Affairs at the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Abdulla Jassmi, pointed out the need to conduct massive awareness campaigns to educate the public on consumer data awareness. He underlined, “Data is used in different ways without you knowing anything about it,” and stressed how important it is to have the people informed on how their data is recorded and where and in what way it is used. “Transparency, awareness, and education are the keys for ensuring that the data is protected within the border,” added Jassmi.
During the event, the Director of Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs for the Middle East Cluster at Microsoft, Yasemin Genc, highlighted the crucial role of technology in daily life. Speaking about data classification as the starting point of developing frameworks, she said, “Developing a global approach would be the key. It is important to come up with a global framework, receive guidelines and standards to align, all of the different thinking around the world to align, align taxonomy and define best practices of data management.” She pointed out that already existing standards can help develop the framework and understand its needs. When discussing how far Qatar has reached in policymaking related to data sovereignty, she noted that it will take some time to make it, but also that “Qatar has been moving in this area much faster than a lot of the others in the region.”
Vice-President and Economic Advisor of the Government Affairs Team at Huawei Technologies, Andrew Williamson, agreed and explained that “governments should work together on a framework, standardizing global agreements on cybersecurity certification and checks on vendor hardware and software; agree to those standards, so the market becomes more competitive” adding that “Qatar should Check what happens in other parts of the world. It is about where gov wants to be and define what is important and what needs to be secured and what requires less protection.”
Since this is a hot topic and the future is promising when it comes to analyzing and defining rules and regulations is only yet to come, the senior developer engineer and Qatar University researcher, Dr. Rateb Jabbar pointed out that with new technologies, we can only profit in understanding the way of data sovereignty. We need more knowledge of what we want to achieve. Dr. Jabbar clarified that this problem is rising day after day since there is a big gap between the evolution of technologies, and with new technologies, concepts, and methodology on one side, and the making of the policy on another, it proves that it takes more time for policymaking than the evolution of technology, this gap needs to be closed.
Chairman of MOSECO Qatar, Marwan Marouf Rafiq Mahmoud, who moderated the discussion on Data Sovereignty, asserted cloud adoption is imminent and that it is something that can lead us to future policymaking. “The private sector is looking at this, and there’s a big opportunity for localizing skills and localizing products. The private sector is looking forward to building partnerships,” he concluded.
Watch the full video on our panel discussion on Data Sovereignty.
Innovative and engaging media museum – the first in the Arab world - claims accolade in 2020 Digital Signage Expo APEX Awards
The Media Majlis at QF partner university Northwestern University in Qatar
An innovative museum dedicated to exploring journalism, communication, and media at a Qatar Foundation partner university has claimed a top international digital award.
The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar – one of the international universities based at Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Education City – won the Educational Environments category at the 2020 Digital Signage Expo APEX Awards, which recognize excellence in using digital displays and interactive technology to engage visitors and viewers.
Opened in May 2019, the Media Majlis is the Arab world’s first media museum, with its APEX Award being secured in a category that saw it competing against the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The accolade has been awarded to QF and MOSECO, the contractor that delivered the Media Majlis project, following judging by professionals from across the digital industry.
The Media Majlis is also Qatar’s first university museum, with its content and programs focusing on communication, journalism, and media in the Arab world, while also contributing to the global conversation on the constantly changing media landscape. It hosts exhibitions that address major themes and ideas in the media field that have relevance to the region, and enable visitors to engage and participate through interactive features that use digital technologies to challenge narratives and provide a 360-degree view on local, regional, and global stories. The museum’s digital and physical content allow the museum to explore stories from multiple perspectives.
- Announcement by Qatar Foundation.