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Georgetown meeting set to address cyber security challenges

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Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) have partnered to co-found the Cyber Security Research Group (CSRG), will officially launch at a public lecture sponsored by Commercial Bank of Qatar on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6pm at GU-Q.
The event, which aims to address the challenges of cyber security attacks, will and feature a panel of experts discussing ‘Cyber Security in a Small State: Protecting the Homeland’.
Explaining why the launch and all future events of the CSRG are open to the public, Dr Rory Miller, professor of Government at GU-Q and CSRG co-organiser, said: “Cyber security isn’t an issue anyone can afford to ignore. Malicious system and network attacks and data theft are increasingly important when it comes to economic, political and security challenges at both the national and international level.
“Individuals, businesses and state institutions all have a critical and vested interest in understanding how and why these threats are devised and, most importantly, how to minimise the consequences.”
The launch event will focus on the key cyber security issues faced by smaller nation states and will feature keynote speaker Wil Wilson, a cyber security industry expert based in Edinburgh, the UK, with over three decades of experience as a military officer and security consultant.
He will be sharing his personal insights and perspectives gained while working at the highest levels in UK Defence Intelligence and through his current role at the Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College Officer Training Institute in Doha, where he leads on global strategic trends, information warfare and operational planning.
The expert panel will also include the CSRG’s co-chairs Dr Rory Miller and Dr Mohammed al Dorani, chair of the Information Technology Department at CCQ.
“Cyber security is one of the defining issues of our time, which is why this partnership between GU-Q and CCQ is such an important initiative,” said Dr Dorani, who is also a professor of cyber security at CCQ.