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New Cloud Security Framework

Mohamed Hamad

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, United Arab Emirates Government, and H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdel Hafez, Vice President of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority for Cybersecurity Affairs, and Head of the Executive Bureau of the Supreme Council of Cybersecurity, launched the framework aimed to develop a common security approach for risk assessment and management.

The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) Cloud Security Working Group, co-chaired by the UAE Cybersecurity Council and National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has unveiled the OIC-CERT Cloud Security Framework. The framework is set to revolutionize cloud security governance and compliance for OIC member states. 

At the launch, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, United Arab Emirates Government, stated, “The release of the OIC-CERT Cloud Security Framework marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing efforts to bolster cybersecurity in the cloud computing domain. This initiative has been a collaborative endeavor led by UAE and Egypt, and its significance against the backdrop of digital transformation is critical, given that cloud computing powers the future digital economy by enabling other technologies such as AI. This framework offers a comprehensive approach to tackling the ever-evolving challenges of cloud security.”

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdel Hafez, Vice President of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority for Cybersecurity Affairs, and Head of the Executive Bureau of the Supreme Council of Cybersecurity, added, “Cybersecurity has received great attention in the Egyptian constitution. As businesses migrate their data to the cloud, securing the cloud infrastructure is becoming increasingly crucial for business continuity, data protection, and regulation. We are glad to jointly cooperate with the esteemed UAE Cyber Security Council, driving the initiative to develop this OIC-CERT Cloud Security Framework to provide high-level strategic guidance necessary for cloud development.”

The OIC-CERT Cloud Security Framework is meticulously crafted to safeguard the interests of OIC member states, championing cloud security controls, standards, governance, and compliance. In an era where cloud computing is the prevailing standard, this framework offers a comprehensive strategy to navigate the intricacies and inherent risks of cloud adoption. 

In a collaborative effort, this milestone represents a unified approach to address the pressing need for risk assessment, management, and technical challenges in cloud computing. In addition, it bolsters compliance by helping organizations adhere to pertinent regulatory requirements within the cloud, effectively alleviating compliance-related challenges.

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