Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) is a national, Government sponsored, organization setup under the auspices of Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR). Established in December 2005 in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (CERT Coordination Center).
The Power of Information Security
Qatar is developing fast, having embraced information technology as a platform for innovation, prosperity and the key to building a knowledge based economy. As it has become more connected, the global threats from the internet need to be adequately addressed. The traditional threats from hackers has been rapidly changing to include more malicious actors such as terrorist, organized criminal networks, industrial and foreign government espionage, including cyber warfare to name a few.
As Qatar’s dependence on cyberspace grows, its resiliency and security become even more critical, and hence the need for a comprehensive approach that address this need.
Thus, it was with this foresight that the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) conceptualized setting up a dedicated body to proactively and reactively address and respond to risks that may arise with technology usage.
Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) was set up in December 2005 and since then, Q-CERT has been instrumental in building resilience into the critical information infrastructure of Qatar.
Q-CERT has become the national center to address the nation’s information security needs and safeguard the local society drive towards technological excellence. Q-CERT is working to harmonize the secure use of technology through best practices, standard policies, risk mitigations and dissemination of valuable information.
Q-CERT helps to protect citizens as well as critical businesses and organizations against cyber security risks. It also contributes to the national cyber security posture, advices on policies and security standards and empowers the confidence in technology users.