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    ICT Minister Opens Arab Security Conference

    Cairo, 23 September 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has delivered a speech at the opening of the Arab Security Conference, held under the auspices of the Egyptian Supreme Cybersecurity Council (ESCC), on September 23 - 24, discussing a number of issues related to information security.

    During his speech, Talaat underlined the importance of raising awareness of the threats of cyberattacks and the need to address them as a priority to activate the cybersecurity system in various sectors of the country and increase spending on protecting the ICT infrastructure of different institutions from cyber threats, in light of the continued growth in the number of users of devices and smart systems, and the proliferation of cyberattacks. He also pointed to the significance of cybersecurity, being one of the most important pillars of the digital economy.

    Talaat reviewed the government's efforts to address the challenges posed by the increasing and rapidly evolving threats of cybercrimes and to take the necessary measures to protect data, information, systems and networks from violation or loss. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has established the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT), to enhance the security of the ICT infrastructure in Egypt, and the Egyptian Supreme Cybersecurity Council (ESCC), which completed the development of a national strategy for cybersecurity, that includes several major programs, aiming to improve the level of readiness to confront cyber threats at the Stateís various sectors.

    The efforts also included developing an appropriate legislative framework for protecting cybersecurity, fighting cybercrimes, and protecting privacy. This is in addition to establishing a national system for protecting cybersecurity, enhancing ICT infrastructure security, protecting digital identity and supporting scientific research and development in cybersecurity. The ICT Minister referred to the significance of community awareness of opportunities and benefits of e-services provided to people, institutions and governmental bodies.

    He also underlined the importance of cybersecurity to protect these services from risks and challenges, in addition to developing human resources and expertise to activate the cybersecurity system in different sectors, in cooperation with the private sector, universities and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). In this regard, Talaat referred to the specialized training programs in the field of information security carried out by MCIT and its affiliates, represented by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

    The ICT Minister added that MCIT has implemented a legislative agenda that began with the issuance of a law on fighting cybercrimes, which covered a series of crimes targeting citizens, investment, government and private bodies. This is in addition to preparing a draft law on personal data protection which was approved by the Council of Ministers. The law aims to protect citizens' data in the digital structure, encourage investment in data hosting centers, promote Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud computing technologies. In addition, a draft law on e-commerce is currently being prepared; standards and obligations are developed for providers of various e- transaction services to encourage digital and financial inclusion processes.

    The ICT Minister stated that these efforts contributed to the improvement of Egypt's readiness indicators, in confronting cyber threats, and its readiness to manage cybercrimes and internet crimes. Egypt ranked 14th internationally among 194 countries in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in June 2017.

    Egypt witnessed a marked decline in software piracy by 2% to reach 59%, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), in its recent study published this year.

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