National Cybersecurity Drill comes to a close

Muscat - 

The National Cybersecurity Drill, organised by the Information Technology Authority (ITA), concluded on Wednesday.

Held under the title ‘Malware and the Dark Internet: the constant threat’, the drill saw participation of more than 70 government entities and critical infrastructure sector units. The event focused on building national capabilities of government entities and national critical infrastructure in the sultanate to handle all kinds of cybersecurity incidents and to enhance their readiness and preparedness to respond to these incidents. The drill aimed at enhancing coordination and cooperation between ITA’s OCERT and different government and private entities in all sectors.

The three-day national drill included implementing a number of scenarios for simulating some cybersecurity threats and how they can be handled through Cybersecurity Readiness Teams (CERTS) as well as measuring the response rate between participating teams to ensure continuation of joint efforts to address cyberthreats.

The first day of the drill saw presentation of papers by a number of experts and specialists in cybersecurity to highlight the role of CERTs in responding to cyber incidents and the importance of developing the skills

of national human resources especially with the technological advancements, which is accompanied by an improvement in the level of threats and hackers’ capabilities and ways. The second and third day was dedicated to the implementation of the drill for government entities.

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