ITU-ARCC & Huawei unite to promote PPPs in cybersecurity

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Oman’s ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Center (ITU-ARCC) and Huawei have signed an agreement to jointly promote public-private partnerships (PPPs) in cybersecurity.

The signing of the cooperation agreement marks a new era of cooperation between the regional cybersecurity organization ITU-ARCC and global ICT leader Huawei to promote Arab world cybersecurity knowledge transfer, sharing of best practices, and capacity building.

The agreement seeks to strengthen the collaboration among Arab cybersecurity experts to effectively address threats and incident response in cyberspace. It also aims to nurture an open, mutually beneficial, and neutral cybersecurity ecosystem through inclusive public and private partnerships.

Further, both entities seek to jointly support efforts to establish a secure, prosperous, and sustainable Arab digital economic ecosystem.

Commenting on the role of the agreement in supporting cybersecurity, Eng. Badar Al Salehi, Director General of Oman National CERT and Head of the ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre (ITU-ARCC), said that, “The cybersecurity market is witnessing steady growth, reaching more than $270 billion, and is expected to reach $600 billion by 2025. This agreement comes in line with the Regional Cybersecurity Week launched by the Sultanate last November, through which we aim to develop the cybersecurity industry in the Arab countries.”

“Cyber defense is truly a team sport where all stakeholders have a role in protecting our ICT infrastructure. Further, deploying one solution to fit all cybersecurity scenarios is impossible, requiring unified standards and technological measures covering the whole cybersecurity ecosystem. With that in mind, we at Huawei are honored to partner with the ITU-ARCC, to support its efforts in addressing the cybersecurity challenges by providing secure and trustworthy products, solutions, and services,” commented Mr. Aloysius Cheang, CSO of Huawei Middle East and Central Asia.

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