New centre to beef up cybersecurity in Oman

Energy Wednesday 13/February/2019 20:24 PM
By: Times News Service
New centre to beef up cybersecurity in Oman

Muscat: To further strengthen cybersecurity and tackle any attack in the future, Oman Data Park, the leading cloud computing company in the Sultanate, celebrated the commissioning of the company’s Cyber Security Centre at Knowledge Oasis Muscat on Wednesday.
The event was held under the patronage of Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, in the presence of senior government officials, board members, as well as CEOs and senior management teams from among its customers.
The centre seeks to provide IT services, enhance managed security services, including a 24/7 cybersecurity operations and network operations team, managed by an elite team of experienced Omani experts.
The centre’s two security and network operations teams hold extensive experience in dealing with various cyber threats. The enhanced focus on the newly commissioned Cyber Security Centre will further drive the company’s determination towards higher security activities, as well as preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution and gig economy.
On the occasion of the centre’s commissioning, Eng. Maqbool Al Wahaibi, CEO of Oman Data Park, expressed his delight at the opening of the centre, adding that it would enhance Oman Data Park’s services and highly contribute to strengthening the company’s position in the Sultanate as a leader in cloud computing.
Al Wahaibi pointed out the various challenges that the company faced since launching its operations in 2012 in increasing the awareness over cloud services in the Sultanate and how the company has achieved many successes over the past years through a well-defined business plan that showcased the operational and long-term benefits to be reaped by both private and government entities.
Maitham Al Lawati, General Manager of the centre at Oman Data Park, made a presentation on ODP’s cyber security capabilities, highlighting the major attacks in 2018, such as e-mail spoofing, DDoS, targeted malware, counterfeit mobile applications, sales of stolen credentials in the black market, as well as imposition on social media, to name a few.
“The threat level is always on the rise and our customers look forward to maintaining their safety. This is why we are preparing for the future with this newly commissioned Cyber Security Centre where we will continue to offer an even more advanced level of intelligence, protection and mitigation to our present and future clients,’’ he said.
He further thanked the supporting partners, Fortinet, Cisco and MenaInfoSec, for their part in enabling the cyber security offerings.