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8th 5 – Day International Workshop on Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards December 23 – 27, 2018 Doha, State of Qatar

By: INIT
 Monday, December 31, 2018

The 8th International Workshop on Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards being held in Doha, State of Qatar from 23-27 December 2018, was successfully inaugurated at Retaj Al Rayan Hotel in Doha.

Her Excellency Dr. Hamda Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Secretary-General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The opening ceremony was also attended by Diplomats from Syria, Turkey, Gambia and Palestine.

Dr. Hamda Al Sualiti in her opening speech commended the efforts of all the partner organizations including, INIT, COMSATS, ISESCO and Qatari National Commission. Excellent support and facilitation were provided by the Qatari National Commission for the conduction of the event under the kind leadership of Dr. Hamda Al Sulaiti.

Mr. Salem Al Mansoori was the focal contact on behalf of Qatari National Commission who managed the event with seamless efficiency.

Dr. Akber Gardezi delivered the Engr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director INIT message on his behalf which highlighted that there is much work to be done in the cyber domain especially from the context of Developing Countries.

The message from Dr. S.M Junaid Zaidi Executive Director COMSATS which was delivered by Mr. Farhan Ansari and message of ISESCO was delivered by Dr. Haider Abbas.

The current workshop the 8th Chapter in this series, and INIT has offered sponsorship to five participants hailing from public sector organizations , private sector and universities from Malaysia , Kazakhstan, Jordan , Palestine and Pakistan.

This workshop includes sessions On Cyber Threat Intelligence and Smart Cities on the first day, On the second day the sessions focus on organizational security structures and their specific security requirements in terms of identifying threats related to network protocols.

On the third day the session focuses on digital forensics, on the fourth day focus is on to understand what is hacking.

On the fifth day the session is on cyber threats to understand more advanced attacks specifically the concept of kill chain. All the training modules are being delivered by world class trainers, belonging to prestigious academic and research organizations.

The workshop is being attended by participants from State of Qatar, Pakistan, Malaysia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Bangladesh.

The Internet Security Workshop series is a realization of the fact that capacity building and institutional development are two important areas warranting intervention by INIT, our prime focus is to identify, bring out and sensitize issues, impart a body of knowledge and promote collegial interaction and interdependence among individuals and institutions in the Islamic World.


Participating Countries:

The Workshop was participated by Resource Persons and participants from the following 9 countries:

1. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;

2. Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

3. Kingdom of Morocco;

4. Malaysia;

5. Maldives;

6. People’s Republic of Bangladesh;

7. Republic of Kazakhstan;

8. State of Qatar; and

9. Sultanate of Oman.

Participating Institutions:

The Workshop was attended by the participants from the following 22 institutions representing 9 countries:

1. Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

2. Qatari National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, State of Qatar;

3. Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Kingdom of Morocco;

4. Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

5. Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan;

6. Luminous Synergy SDN BHD, Klang, Malaysia;

7. Secondary & Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education, Dhaka, People's Republic of Bangladesh;

8. University Mohamed V, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco;

9. Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;

10. Ministry of Education, Male, Maldives;

11. Ministry of Education, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman;

12. Ministry of Interior-MOI, State of Qatar;

13. Qatar Armed Forces, State of Qatar;

14. Ministry of transport and communication\Qcert, State of Qatar;

15. Ministry of Education and Higher Education-MOEHE, State of Qatar;

16. King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

17. The Royal Court, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

18. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

19. Air University Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

20. Director of National Centre of Cyber Security, Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

21. National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), Islamic Republic of Pakistan; and

22. COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Resource Persons:

Following 6 speakers delivered lectures and demonstrations at the workshop:

1. Dr. Haider Abbas

Research Scientist, Center of Excellence in Information Assurance

King Saud University, and

Cyber Security Consultant, Center for Studies of Media Affairs

The Royal Court, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2. Mr. Mian Muhammad Waseem Iqbal

Assistant Professor,

National University of Science and Technology,

Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

3. Prof. Dr. Kashif Kifayat

Professor in Cybersecurity,

Head of Computer Science Department,

Air University Islamabad, and

Director of National Centre of Cyber Security, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

4. Dr. Muhammad Masoom Alam

Associate Professor,

COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

5. Dr. Akber Abid Gardezi

Assistant Professor,

Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT),

COMSATS University Islamabad,

Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

6. Mr. Shah Fahd

Assistant Manager,

National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM),

Islamic Republic of Pakistan.



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