Editor : Martin Simamora, S.IP |Martin Simamora Press

Kamis, 26 Mei 2011

Information security, e-governance discussed at Kuwait exhibition

With the aim of executing e-government projects, the Third Kuwait Info Security Conference and Exhibition was launched yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will be held on May 25 and 26 and is being organized by Pro Media. Apart from different workshops, an exhibition accompanying this conference will also be held.

Information security is an important issue that is related to the life of all those who deal with Information Technology. It depends on safety as well as its security and ability to reach out," said Abdullatief Al-Suraie, Director General Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT). He was speaking during the opening ceremony yesterday.

All evidences prove that Kuwait has entered the era of information to establish an information community that fulfills the wishes of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in transforming Kuwait to financial and commercial center," he added.

This conference will be held in cooperation with the different state bodies to develop the IT sector. It aims to increase efforts made to realize the e-government system, "This will develop the public work improve the performance, which will provide better government services to public," stressed Al-Suraie.

The e-government projects, supervised by the Central Agency, deals with the information security and its privacy, "The Agency also works toward improving and developing the tools and ways of using and protecting information according to international standards applied in this field," he added.

According to Al-Suraie, in order to safeguard oneself from security dangers, users have to be aware of the threats and dangers of authorities, "The companies and utilities should build a network of trustful relations with companies working in the field of consulting and information locally, regionally and internationally. Companies and individuals need the information security for their different fields of work. Hackers led the public and private sector organizations to search for new tools to protect the
ir information," he concluded.

Abdullateef Al-Abdulrazzaq, Chairman Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS) noted that this conference is an opportunity to benefit from the experiences of experts and specialists in IT security and e- crimes, "Not preserving and protecting confidential information may lead to disasters, not any less than natural catastrophes," he said.

The recent spate of earthquakes that devastated Japan has taken a toll on companies as well, "For instance, the Japanese Sony Company recorded losses that amounted to $208 million. Later, some hackers penetrated into the security system of the Company, which caused losses that amounted $ 171 million. This shows that the electronic pirating caused 71 percent of the loscaused by natural disasters," concluded Al-Abdulrazzaq.


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