Oman CERT signs agreement for OIC to collaborate with global security response group

Muscat (IINA) � The Sultanate of Oman has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) to increase collaboration on cybersecurity, reported on Sunday.

Oman was acting in its position as the chair of the board of cybersecurity centers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Sultanate’s own computer emergency response team (OCERT) signed the agreement on behalf of the 57 countries of the OIC.

FIRST is an international group of security and incident response teams founded in 1990 in response to the global threat of computer viruses spreading between organizations in different countries. The organization provides members with access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams to respond more effectively to security incidents.

The MoU aims at reinforcing cooperation in the areas of cybersecurity incidents’ response, organizing events, courses, conferences, in addition to training courses in this field and sharing warnings of attacks and cybersecurity risks.

The agreement was signed during the general annual meeting of FIRST by Eng. Bader Al-Salhi, director general of OCERT, and Margrete Raaum, chair of FIRST.

“This cooperation aims at achieving the vision and objectives of the National Cybersecurity Centers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in reinforcing the relations between the National Cybersecurity Centers in the organization, exchanging information and experiences in cybersecurity field and aligning the cybersecurity policies with the rules and legislative regulations. In addition to encouraging research and innovation in this field, building the cybersecurity capabilities and raising awareness among the member states as well as helping them to establish and develop national cybersecurity centers,” Al-Salehi said.

“The OCERT, since its inception, endeavored to develop the national human resources skills and competencies in cybersecurity at OCERT to deliver highly professional services as well as building capacity of IT professionals working in the government or in the critical national infrastructure as well as developing students skills in this field,” he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency