Cybersecurity leaders across Middle East and Central Asia gathered at high-level media roundtable hosted in parallel with GSMA M360 EURASIA 2023 conference

Cybersecurity leaders across Middle East and Central Asia gathered at high-level media roundtable hosted in parallel with GSMA M360 EURASIA 2023 conference
# 22 May 2023 10:00 (UTC +04:00)

Huawei Middle East and Central Asia joined a high-level media roundtable on day two of the GSMA M360 EURASIA 2023 conference in Baku, to discuss the latest telecom cybersecurity trends, innovations, and contribute methods to tackle the associated threats among industry actors together, APA-Economics reports.

Event was held in the presence of Dr. Mohammad Khaled, Director of Business Development and Strategic projects, & enterprise, Dr. Haitham Hilal Al Hajri, Sr. Executive – Cyber Security Projects, Oman National CERT, Dr. Elvin Balajanov, Chairman of the Board, Azerbaijan Cybersecurity Organization Association and Dr. Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Middle East & Central Asia, under the theme of “Build more secure and resilient telecom networks to efficiently support the future digital economy.”

Participants discussed collaborations among network operators and their partners, suppliers and customers in defending against telecom cybersecurity, how regulators could promote local telecom industry’s cybersecurity development, and the role that cybersecurity plays in safeguarding critical information infrastructure and the digital economy, among other topics.

Dr. Haitham Hilal Al Hajri stressed that, today the progression towards an interconnected cyber world has become a reality: “Unfortunately, this has increased the threats from malicious actors and protecting our digital assets is a concern for all countries.”

Dr. Aloysius Cheang emphasized the global standards, internationally agreed processes and industry best practices are critical in addressing cyber threats effectively: “As such, building and implementing an end-to-end global cybersecurity and privacy protection assurance system is one of Huawei’s key strategies. In compliance with applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates and international standards, Huawei has created an effective, sustainable, and reliable cybersecurity and privacy protection assurance system by referring to the requirements of regulators and customers and industry best practices.”

He noted that the NESAS/SCAS is an ideal example of global collaborative efforts in addressing cybersecurity: “It offers a standardized cybersecurity assessment mechanism jointly defined by GSMA and 3GPP, the telecom industry’s leading standards-setting organizations) and GSMA 5G Cybersecurity Knowledge Base to provide useful guidance on 5G security risks and mitigation measures.”

Touching upon the risks posed by cybercrime Dr. Tural Mammadov said they join the international community in highlighting: "Likewise, we want to work with our global partners towards joint actions in defending telecom networks, which is critical in leveraging all the digital economy opportunities.”

In conclusion, Dr. Elvin Balajanov noted that safeguarding their critical information infrastructure is a key government priority in Azerbaijan as these critical systems possess functionality that, if disrupted, can pose significant harm to the interests of the state, society, and citizens: “Therefore, it is crucial that telecommunications providers implement appropriate safeguards, protocols, and technologies to mitigate risks and protect our critical information infrastructure.”