Min. of Communications discusses exchanging expertise in cyber security
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy - YOUM7/Hisham Said
By HEBA EL-SAID

CAIRO: Minister of Communications Atef Helmy received Monday director of the EastWest Institute, John Edwin Mroz, and a number of members of the board of directors during their visit to Cairo within a project to rebuild confidence and increasing their business in the Middle East.

The institute has partnerships with many governments, in the business sector, media, academia and experts from all over the world. It invests in high quality education and encourages creativity. The institute is interested in cyber, economic and regional security.

Helmy said that many issues have been discussed, including mutual interest issues such as cyber space security in Egypt. They discussed putting a strategic development plan to regulate information networks especially after Egypt achieved great progress in the field of tracking down cyber space crimes. There need to be laws and regulations for such crimes, the minister added.

He addressed the vital role for the Egyptian Computer Emergency Response (CERT) as this center provides back up and aid for the Information Technology and Communications sectors, financial and governmental services. This aid is provided through early emergency alarm systems to face viruses and electronic hacking of the digital infrastructure of Egyptian information network.

Head of the National Regulatory Telecommunications Authority, Hisham el-Alayly, attended the meeting in addition to his deputy Sherif Hashem on behalf of the Egyptian side.

Originally published in Youm7.

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