Press Release

TRA Participates in the Meeting of The GCC Committee of National Centers for Computer Emergency Response

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by the Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), participated in the 16th meeting of The GCC Committee of National Centers for Computer Emergency Response, hosted by Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Eng. Bader bin Ali Al Salhi, Director General, National Center for Information Safety, Information Technology Authority, Sultanate of Oman.

On this participation, Eng. Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director of Policies and Programs Department in TRA, said: “The GCC is a unique situation in the region, as it constitutes a union that binds Member States. The United Arab Emirates and our wise leadership have stressed on the importance of activating all initiatives and strategies issued by the Council and working, coordinating and cooperating with Member States to serve their common interests in various fields. We at the TRA are keen to take an active part in the Council's activities related to the ICT sector and provide the necessary support to serve the interests of our brothers in the GCC.”

Eng. Al Zarooni emphasized on the importance of the topics discussed in the meeting. He said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted this meeting as the importance of activating cooperation and coordination among the GCC countries in the field of cybersecurity is increasing, in order to meet the requirements of the coming phase. The meeting also contributes to the continuation of the great cultural renaissance witnessed by the GCC countries. The region is one of the fastest growing regions and has become a global investment destination, thus, the importance of solid infrastructure to serve the ICT sector and secure electronic space that encourages investors to invest in various economic sectors in the GCC countries"

During the meeting, the UAE delegation gave a visual presentation on the upgraded version of the (IP Reputation) system, and discussed the system proposed name. In addition to a number of reports and statistics on the interaction of Member States with the system. The new services added to the system, which are a platform for sharing security policies and best practices in cybersecurity, data leakage protection service, sharing of information and methods of cybersecurity, and new cybersecurity newsletters, were also reviewed.

The Committee thanked the UAE for this updated version. The UAE will prepare a report on the new system after the completion of the practical tests and receiving the observations of the Member States. A detailed report on the system upgraded version will be submitted to the Executive Committee at its next meeting (September 2019).The 17th meeting of The GCC Committee of National Centers for Computer Emergency Response will be held on 3 & 4 December 2019 at the GCC Secretariat HQ in Riyadh.