2nd e-Crime & Cybersecurity Congress Qatar, Doha, November 1st
"I would like to point out that Qatar Smart Program (TASMU), along with other planned digital enterprises, will generate about QR40 billion for the Qatari economy over the next ﬁve years,”
H E Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani
“Qatar has invested heavily to ensure the highest standards of security for the entire basic framework. In the area of IT, we have a strong cyber-security infrastructure ... [and] in line with our anticipated goals of a digital government in Qatar, we strive to provide all government services on the Internet by 2020,”
H E Minister of Transport & Communications, Jassim Bin Saif Al-Sulaiti
It has been a busy year for technology, data privacy and cyber-security since last year's inaugural e-Crime Qatar event. In November 2016, Qatar became the first GCC member state to issue a generally applicable data protection law. It will come into force in May 2017 and is a sign that Qatar is determined to be a leader in data privacy and security. In March this year, the government launched its ambitious Qatar Smart Program (Tasmu) programme and has already signed a number of international MOUs across a wide range of sectors. More than 100 smart technological solutions have been identified within the framework of Tasmu programme. And the government has announced that all its services will be provided online by 2020. The criminals have been busy too: the re-emergence of a more sophisticated and sustained Shamoon malware attack in the region threatens public and private sector alike.
These initiatives provide huge opportunities, as well as continued challenges, for all those involved in digital transformation and its security. In particular, the job of the CISO is getting broader and more complex. Boards are realising that the good cyber-security, properly communicated, creates enormous value for the enterprise in a company’s share price, its access to credit markets, its M&A activity, its marketing, brand value and reputation, its people and its relationship with all the key external stakeholders in the business.
The C-suite - and in Qatar senior awareness is high - understands cyber-security is an investment in governance and compliance: protecting assets and customers is simply good business; it’s no different to other parts of CSR. They know that cyber-security done properly is an investment in a dynamic cost/benefit risk management methodology that prevents overspend and relates investment to real business value. Too often still though it is simply: “CISO says no.” Boards won’t accept this for much longer: risk can be budgeted; cyber-value-at-risk can be calculated; clients and contracts can be lost if CISOs cannot prove security.
CISOs are the key to these developments. They must understand technology but not be defined as IT; they must understand the business and its needs, but not compromise on the core process rigor that is needed to defeat cyber criminals; and they must be able to communicate to all stakeholders - internal and external. CISOs must manage risk according to strategic value. CISO as future CEO? It's not as outlandish as it sounds today.
e-Crime Qatar 2017 will focus on the host of new initiatives developing in Qatar, and also on the new cybernomics, the role of cyber security in digital transformation and its relationship with value creation.
And we will also look latest industry, regulatory and government initiatives that will help the public and private sectors to work together to improve their cyber-security in the new cyber environment. How have firms benefited from closer co-operation with government and law enforcement? Does collaboration really help with the problem of state actors?
Our industry case studies are lessons from the leaders: who is really taking cyber security seriously in terms of resourcing and hiring? What benefits have they seen? Which sectors lead in terms of best practice.
And e-Crime Qatar 2017 will examine the corporate and social responsibility dimensions of cyber-security. How can CISOs work with CSR and HR departments to build good governance and leverage these internal relationships?
This event will outline cost-effective ways businesses can ensure cyber-integrity and provide the latest information on regulation, global best practice and technology.