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    Egypt Conducts Assessment for UG-CERT to Obtain ‘First’ Membership

    Date published: 19 March 2017
    An expert team from the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT) is to visit Uganda Computer Emergency Response Team (UG-CERT) headquarters, in Kampala on March 20-22 to assist Uganda with key procedures necessary to obtain the membership of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).

    The visit is in line with strengthening cooperation with African countries, especially the Nile Basin countries. Because of the strong relations with the Ugandan side in cybersecurity, UG-CERT selected the Egyptian Team (EG-CERT) to conduct the assessment and examination required to assist UG-CERT obtain FIRST membership.

    Egypt pursues maintaining its leading role in the African continent, and strengthening relations with the Nile Basin countries. It also consolidates relations with international organizations and institutions involved in the fight against cyberattacks. In 2014, EG-CERT conducted readiness assessment for Tanzania which in turn obtained, in 2015, FIRST membership, emphasizing Egypt’s leadership in the African continent.

    The Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT) was established by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in April 2009. Staffed by a team of 16 professionals, EG-CERT provides 24-hour support to protect critical information infrastructure. The team provides support to entities across the ICT, banking and government sectors, helping them address cybersecurity threats including Denial of Service attacks (DoS).

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