Cyber resilience in the GCC

How can Gulf Cooperation Council states strengthen leadership in cybersecurity?

Members event, Panel
30 March 2021 — 10:00AM TO 11:00AM
Online

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – have made large strides in protecting governments, businesses and individuals from cyber threats by delivering ambitious national strategies. For instance, the ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ plans to transform 10 cities across the kingdom into smart cities. In neighbouring UAE, an objective was set of 50 per cent of government transactions to use blockchain platforms within the next three years. However, many challenges to cybersecurity persist, putting these plans at risk.

In this discussion, the panellists explore the opportunities and challenges arising from cybersecurity at the regional and international level:

  • Is the GCC cyber resilient?

  • How would the states of the GCC respond to a serious cyber incident?

  • And how, if at all, has the pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the GCC’s cyber infrastructure?

This event builds on a briefing paper, ‘Is the GCC Cyber Resilient?’, which argues for a decentralized approach towards cyber resilience across the region. This event is being held in collaboration with the International Security Programme at Chatham House as part of their ongoing work on cybersecurity in the GCC.

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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