Every second, 14 persons become victims of cyber crimes worldwide; in 2011 4mn people were affected by the offence across the globe, said Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of Information Technology Authority (ITA).
He was addressing a gathering at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Team's (OIC-CERT) annual conference on Sunday. “This year, many oil and gas companies in the region have been targeted, obstructing business,” he added.
The one-day conference was organised by ITA in cooperation with Oman's National Computer Emergency Readiness Team (OCERT) under the patronage of H E Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Said al Saeedi, the Minister of Legal Affairs. It was also attended by Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, ITA board chairman and delegates from more than 55 countries.
Experts discussed cyber security against emerging threats and called regional alliances for possible partnership and collaboration.