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Kuwaiti Minister of Oil Ali Al Omair stressed for protecting digital economy

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(Kuwait-AlummahWorld, 25 Jumada I, 1436, 16 March 2015) Kuwaiti Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Ali Al-Omair has stressed the need for non-stop development of measures for protecting digital economy and curbing cybercrimes.


Al-Omair was speaking at the opening of Kuwait's 2nd Industrial Automation and Control System Cyber Security Conference (KIACS) 2015, 16-17 March, sponsored and hosted by the Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kuwaiti News Agency reported.


The Minister called for boosting cyber security in Kuwait as well as other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, amid sophisticated challenges resulting from the use of modern technology. He said that the Kuwaiti government had made unprecedented progress in the field.
The government regards such threats as a direct challenge to national security, he told the two-day conference.


Al-Omair assured people that the state would take necessary measures to boost data security, enacting new laws and consolidating awareness.
Minister Al-Omair urged more cooperation among the government, the private sector and industrial companies as "real partners" to protect information security in the country.
Cyber space has brought about radical changes in the world's economy offering more than two billion people direct access to economic and social data, CEO of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Nizar Al-Adsani told the event.


It has been imposing unprecedented challenges and risks prompting harder work on the security of our systems, he added.
Al-Adsani recalled cyber-attacks that targeted two of the Middle East's largest energy companies, Saudi Aramco, and Qatar's Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company (RasGas), in September 2012.


KIACS 2015, held under patronage of Minister Al-Omair, focuses on three main technical themes; Cyber Security Standards; Human Factor Dynamics in Cyber Security and Cyber Security Best Practices Implemented in Operational Technologies.


Some of the several aims of the event are: reviewing the cyber security standards and international community's experience and achievements to date in strengthening cyber security of industrial automation and control systems ;learning and sharing cyber security best practices implemented in operational technologies (OTs) and understanding the Human Factor Dynamics in Cyber Security.
Other objectives include identifying the emerging cyber law trends and jurisprudence impacting cyberspace in today's scenario and creating far more awareness about the newly emerging kinds of cybercrimes that are impacting all stakeholders in the digital ecosystem.


It also seeks to identify the areas in cybercrimes where cyber law needs to be further evolved so as to meet with the expectation and needs of the relevant stakeholders of the digital ecosystem.