OOC signs agreement with ITA for cybersecurity solution in oil and gas

OOCThe partnership aims to enhance cooperation based on capacity building and training to deal effectively with threats that the organisation may face in the future. (Image source: Oman Oil Company)The Information Technology Authority (ITA) has signed a partnership agreement with Oman Oil Company SAOC (OOC) to enable OOC access cybersecurity services which are offered by ITA and regional centre

The partnership consists of providing specialised cybersecurity services including customised training opportunities in the field of information security for OOC and its subsidiaries, which are in line with the internationally recognised standards.

The training programmes will include a number of technical and specialised topics in the field of cybersecurity, such as risk assessment and detection of vulnerabilities, which will contribute in protecting the organisations from attacks that may occur as a result of these vulnerabilities or reduce the impact of the risks in case they occur.

Speaking to the press, Bader bin Ali Al-Salhi, head of the Arab Regional Security Centre and director-general of OCERT, said, ““The partnership takes place at this critical period where critical national infrastructure industry (CNIs), especially the oil and gas industry, have been always targeted by cybersecurity threats regionally and internationally.”

“Thus, the partnership includes specialised cybersecurity training and awareness programme, cyber threat and notification services, security assessment services and the opportunity for OCC and its subsidiaries to participate in the regional centre events,” he further added.

Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Musalhi, director of human capital, ICT and supply chain, said, “Due to the continuous rapid development of the IT platform, and the on-going IT security issues the world has faced recently, it is of utmost importance for us as a group of companies to ensure we create partnerships with industry experts to enhance our training opportunities for further knowledge transfer and to adopt the best practices to mitigate threats.”

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