In the speech delivered at the opening session of FIRST Regional Symposium for Arab and African Regions held in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady underlined the significance of exchanging experiences and cooperating with States, international and regional relevant organizations to address the risks and cybercrimes and ensure the optimization of the opportunities afforded by modern ICT technologies in various economic and social development fields.
ElKady reviewed the efforts exerted to raise the level of readiness to face cyber threats during the next phase, announcing the start of the personnel training program to activate the cybersecurity system, in collaboration with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).
Aiming to ensure the protection of the ICT infrastructure, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) adopted the call for forming the High Council for Cyber-Security (HCC), affiliated to the Cabinet and headed by the ICT Minister, where the Council began its work in January 2015 to develop and supervise a national strategy for cyber-security, ElKady added.
In his speech, the ICT Minister said also that a set of initiatives in this regard has been prepared, the most important of which is the development of an appropriate legislative framework for securing cyberspace and fighting against cybercrimes to protect the privacy and digital identity with the participation of the concerned and experienced parties, guided by world experiences, relevant initiatives and the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, adopted recently by the African Union (AU).
He underscored the importance of establishing a national system for protecting cyberspace security and securing ICT infrastructure, through preparing and activating Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in vital sectors at the national level.
Moreover, ElKady highlighted the significance of supporting research and development in the field of cyber security through supporting programs and projects of cooperation between research entities and national companies. He added that an initiative for protecting the digital identity and activating the necessary infrastructure to boost confidence in electronic trading is currently underway.
He referred to the importance of preparing plans and community awareness campaigns on opportunities and advantages offered by the electronic services to individuals, institutions and government agencies. This is in addition to the importance of cyber security to protect such services from risks and challenges that may be encountered.
More than 300 senior experts and specialists in the field of cyber security participated in the Arab and African region.