CYBER WAR

Mar

11

2014

MANAMA: Bahrain has been urged to set up a national security strategy to combat cyber threats.

Authorities have an opportunity to “get ahead of the curve” in the region in tackling online crime, said International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) transnational threats and political risk director Nigel Inkster.

He spoke to the GDN on the sidelines of an IISS private focus meeting yesterday, which was held to discuss data collection and privacy considerations in the GCC.

“Bahrain is well aware of the importance of this and I think a lot of countries have come to recognise its importance,” he said.

“My feeling is that the Bahraini authorities have got ‘it’ in terms of understanding the need for cyber security and are working towards something they can implement.

“And smaller countries like Bahrain actually have an advantage when it comes to developing a national response plan, simply because the co-ordination mechanism between government bodies is far less complex.”

By Greg Fountain: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=372267

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