In an era where misinformation and security threats are increasing, cybersecurity becomes less and less an option or an alternative, but an imperative need, Sheref El-Abasery, head of technology and project pillar said at the third version of the Arab Security Conference on Sunday.
El-Abasery stated that there is a remarkable increase in the amount of electronic trade not only in the Middle East but in the whole world.
El-Abasery also emphasized Egypt’s readiness on establishing strong data infrastructure to protect its government transactions, as well as its citizens’ personal data.
For that purpose, El-Abasery announced that a law on protecting the personal data will be released soon, asserting that Egypt is moving forward to raise the security awareness, prepare human caders, and support scientific research on the issue.
The annual conference kicked off from the Nile Ritz hotel with the attendance of hundreds of Egyptian and foreign participants, and speakers under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production, the Egyptian Supreme Cybersecurity Council, and the Arab League.
Founder and Chairman of the conference, Sherif El-Jayar, opened the event with a speech on the significance of cybersecurity.
El-Jayar explained that the objectives of the conference includes preparing participants to real-life security challenges and demands, and helping them spot growing talents.
Meanwhile, Founder and Chairman of the conference, Bahaa Hasan, said that the conference came at a time of spread of misinformation and the usage of social media by extremist groups to disturb public opinion.
Hasan added that Egyptian and international companies become more interested in cybersecurity to protect national and Arab security. Therefore, the conference sets goals aimed at raising security awareness.
More than 500 participants of the operational, governmental, business and technical cybersecurity communities are expected to be attending the conference.
Dozens of workshops are held during the two-day conference on several topics including safeguarding customers, privacy and security in the age of disruptive innovation, drones as a growing cybersecurity threat, national security and its relation to information security, and how blockchain is disrupting banking.
General Osama Abdel Azizi and advisor to the minister of state for military production Mohamed El-Assar, attended the conference on his behalf.
The conference aims to enrich security awareness through technical discussions and improve networking by connecting security professionals and organizations together.