Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Qatari cyber security students win the first CyQ hackathon held in Doha

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 ottobre 2016

qatari-cyber-securityDoha, Qatar – Given the Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy had stressed the importance of developing local cyber security talent, multinational business facilitator Naseba hosted a fun and engaging youth empowerment program named CyQ during the 2nd day of the 9th Cyber Defence Summit that concluded today in Doha.This is the first time in the history of the summit that a youth-oriented cyber security track was included as one full day of the agenda. Over 100 post-graduate and graduate students from Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar University, College of North Atlantic and more witnessed a series of security talks and live hacking demonstrations at the Westin Hotel in Doha. test their skills in a variety of “white hat” hacking areas, including cryptography, malware detection and digital forensics. Participants collaborated, co-innovated and competed to win a range of prizes, including advanced training programs, high-level internships and cyber security mentorship.The opening talk was delivered by Dr. Maher Hakim, Managing Director of Qatar Science and Technology Park, followed by a talk by the CEO of ITS2 Eng Ahmad Al Khiary. Alkhiary noted ” Naveen Bharadwaj, Production Manager at Naseba commented “The digital natives and millennials will soon be taking over the responsibility of ensuring that the country’s critical infrastructure, network and sensitive data are protected from cyber attacks. Naseba is glad to support Qatar’s development of the future talent and fight against cyber crimes.” Dana Al-Abdulla, Head of the Cyber Security Resiliency Section, Q-CERT at Ministry of Transport and Communications, noted “The global cyber security talent shortage is shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges of our time, and it is encouraging to see so many young people in Qatar who are willing to step up to fill this gap and join the ranks of the experts and specialists whose job it is to ensure that our nation’s critical data and sensitive information is kept safe.” The day’s agenda included a series of youth talks, a 360° talk show focused on coping with the digital natives and aligning today’s ecosystem to build a secure tomorrow, and pep talks where young contributors focused on local innovations and practical ways to achieve excellence in cyber security.Eng. Ahmad Alkhiary, Chief Executive Officer of IT Security Training & Solutions (ITS2), said “In this day and age, it’s truly never too soon to develop an interest in IT and information security. Training our youth to become familiar with the cyber threat landscape, and providing them with the skills and tools required to mitigate those threats, should be a focus for the entire IT industry. Now more than ever, we need the IT specialists of tomorrow to be trained in not only hard technical skills, but in critical thinking and creative, cooperative problem-solving.”The latter half of the day was dedicated entirely to CyQ’s cyber security challenge, where young participants competed to complete secure programming tasks and hackathons. Winners received their prizes at an award ceremony that provided a fitting end to the day and to the 9th Cyber Defence Summit. (photo: Qatari cyber security)


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