Arab world's first UN-backed cross-border cyber exercise set for mid-July

For the exercise, six Arab countries, along with ITU-IMPACT’s cybersecurity experts, plan to take part in a simulated and coordinated exercise to assess the cybersecurity emergency readiness of each country and their incident response capabilities in mitigating and countering cyberattacks, according an ITU release.

The exercise will be held on the last day of an Arab region cybersecurity workshop to be held in Amman, Jordan, July 15–17.

At least 10 Arab states are expected to participate in the workshop, which will address such topics as botnets, online protection for children, and mobile security.

The workshop aims to equip participants with knowledge of cyber incident response and handling, network and web security, malware analysis, and establishment of effective national computer incident response teams (CIRTs). Participants will be exposed to various cybersecurity scenarios based on case studies and practical work.

The workshop aspires to nurture a culture of information security and assist in developing technical capabilities on CIRT operations, and improve overall cybersecurity readiness across the region, the ITU explained.

Industry participants in the exercise and workshop include ABI Research, Cyber Guardian, Kaspersky Lab, Trend Micro and F-Secure.

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