The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) of Qatar have launched a cybersecurity framework for establishing mechanisms for compliance with the national standards. Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti pointed out that the need for the new framework revolves around the technology that has been provided by international suppliers, which often need varying levels of skill and security. As the owner of these systems, it is the duty of the government to ensure its safety and protection against cyber attacks.
“To this end, we are pleased to announce the launch of the national information security standards framework, which is our approach to aligning ICT programmes, systems and services with best practices for the protection of digital information and data in accordance with our laws and regulations, through the issuance of licence certificates, documentation and accreditation in accordance with our national standards to help institutions from all sectors to secure information systems and improve maturity in the implementation of information security policies leading to the creation of a safer and more vibrant cyber environment,” he said at an event in Doha.
The mechanisms of compliance will see setting new standard for security, ensuring the quality and security of government systems which will including launching an IT audit certification program which will enable companies to obtain certification of compliance through an accredited control service provider. These mechanisms revolve around making sure that the government deploys sophisticated technological solution for its citizens.
“The ministry’s mission is to provide all the tools and knowledge that will help to ensure the safety of our country, but we have a responsibility to use those tools and knowledge to make sure that all our government systems are secure, and we fully understand the difficulty of compliance, but, as in all areas, many important things are difficult and require more effort and joint action,” he added.