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Date: November 21, 2011

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) has organised for the first time an interactive Technical Workshop on cyber security incident response and handling in Negara Brunei Darussalam.

The technical workshop will be conducted from 21 to 25 November 2011 and is being hosted by Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT), jointly organized with CyberSecurity Malaysia and co-sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

The opening ceremony held this morning at the Empire Hotel and Country Club was officiated by Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office. Present to welcome the guest of honour were Haji Hamdan Hj Abu Bakar, Chairman of Board Of Directors, ITPSS and Shamsul Bahri Haji Kamis, Chief Executive Officer of ITPSS/BruCERT. Among the guests were representatives of the Islamic Development Bank, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, officers from various government ministries and departments and executives from various companies.

The workshop will be attended by Incident Handling Personnel, System Administrators and IT Security Officers from 14 OIC-CERT member countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, Tunisia, Iran, Pakistan, Oman, Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Jordan and Sudan. Other participants are from Japan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“BruCERT is privileged and honoured to host the training and affirms its commitment to OIC-CERT,” said Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis, Chief Executive Officer of ITPSS/BruCERT. “With the increasing complexities of cyber attacks and continuously evolving threats landscape, it is imperative that any endeavours towards mitigating the risks arising from these should be continuously carried out and supported. Thus the first interactive training organised by OIC-CERT is both essential and timely.”

With the aspiration to nurture a culture of information security, assist in developing technical capabilities on CERT operations and conduct a cyber drill amongst the participants, this workshop is organized to equip participants with the knowledge in cyber incidents and response handling, network and web security, malware analysis and setting up CERTs. Participants are also exposed to various cyber security scenarios based on case studies and practical work.

Lining up to the theme “Understanding and Combating Cyber Crimes”, OIC-CERT is preparing its members to handle and respond to various types of cyber security incidents. Other than optimising the dissemination of cyber alerts, OIC-CERT also provides a platform to exchange ideas and expertise as well as to promote joint developments to deal with large-scale cyber security incidents.