The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have invested significantly in cybersecurity and have made large strides in protecting governments, businesses and individuals from cyber threats, with the aim of delivering on their ambitious national strategies and future visions.
However, several challenges to cybersecurity and cyber resilience in the region persist, putting those ambitious plans at risk. These challenges include the uneven nature of cybersecurity protections, the incomplete implementation of cybersecurity strategies and regulations, and the issues around international cooperation.
Such challenges mean that GCC states need to focus on the more difficult task of cyber resilience, in addition to the simpler initial stages of cybersecurity capacity building, to ensure they harness the true potential of digital technologies and mitigate associated threats.
The workshop looks at three themes:
• Building effective cooperation in cybersecurity
• Future of cyber resilience in the GCC
• Best practices for cyber resilience