Kuwait needs to immediately confront electronic threats

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25: American cybersecurity expert Guillermo Christensen has warned that Iran is a major threat to cybersecurity; hence, the need for Kuwait to immediately confront electronic threats, reports Al-Qabas daily. Christensen made the statement in a lecture that the American Embassy organized recently at Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences as part of a series of lectures on cybersecurity. Present at the event were US Chargé d’Affaires James Holtsnider, Assistant Director General of the academy Brigadier General Ali Jassim Al-Wahib, senior officers and 320 students from the Police College.

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In response to the daily’s query about his assessment of Kuwait’s ranking third in the list of countries most targeted by cyberattacks in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Christensen cited the global report published by Group- IB, a company specialized in cybersecurity services. He affirmed “there is a huge improvement on this, because we have more people studying the field of cybersecurity.

My advice to Kuwait is to work more quickly so that the situation does not get worse. Strict measures must be taken to confront electronic threats.” He pointed out that the danger in the region comes from Iran, which is considered a major threat to cybersecurity, as it is one of the most professional countries in the world in terms of electronic piracy and penetration of Internet networks. While stressing the need to think like hackers and prepare for many attacks, he asserted: “We may be victims of cybersecurity without knowing it, especially since the digital system is a fragile system and was not designed in a way that enables it to confront the attacks that our devices are exposed to.”

He highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, as it relates to everything people do economically and it depends on the Internet. “Thirty years ago, we relied on papers, e-mail and faxes; but now everything is related to the Internet, where hackers can stop the work of many parties, and confronting them has become a matter of life or death,” he added. Also, Holtsnider confirmed that cooperation in the field of cybersecurity is one of the aspects of security cooperation between the United States and Kuwait; indicating that threats in this field increased in 2023.

He stated: “We cooperate with the Kuwaiti side to develop our capabilities in the field of cybersecurity. We exchange and share information in this regard. The embassy also cooperates with many Kuwaiti government agencies and companies in this field.” Moreover, Al-Wahib unveiled a plan to include cybersecurity in the curriculum of the academy at the beginning of next year; affirming there have been discussions on this matter with the security authorities

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