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7th International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ successfully held at KazNU, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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The 7th International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ was held from 19th to 23rd December 2017, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event was jointly organized by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), and was hosted by the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Kazakhstan.

The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Tlekkabul Ramazanov, Vice-Rector for Research & Innovations, KazNU, on 19th December 2017. During his address, Prof. Ramazanov, on behalf of Rector KazNU, Prof. Galimkair Mutanov, welcomed all of the subject experts, and local and foreign participants. He expressed pleasure on hosting the workshop at KazNU, and thanked ISESCO, COMSATS, and INIT for their collaboration in this regard. He considered this activity highly useful for the Member States of COMSATS and OIC. Highlighting the increasing reliance of organizations and individuals on information technology, such as cloud computing, big data, etc., Prof. Ramazanov highlighted the significance of information and cyber security. He wished the participants fruitful sessions during the workshop.

The Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, in his message, highlighted the remarkable evolution in the field of Information technology over the years. The world however is paying a price for this progress in the form of Internet/cyber threats increase in the rate of financial frauds, cyber-extortion, cyber-warfare, hacking, identity theft, and other forms of cybercrimes. He stated that specific legislations and protocols can mitigate the effects of cyber threats, which are a trans-national issue. He pledged that COMSATS will continue to build capacity of its Member States regarding information and cyber security. He thanked the foreign participants and experts for their presence, as well as the partner organizations for collaborating with COMSATS in order to hold this event.

In his message, Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of ISESCO, stated that the rapid growth and widespread use of electronic data processing and electronic business conducted through the Internet, along with numerous occurrences of international terrorism, fuelled the need for better methods of protecting the computers and the information they store, process, and transmit. He informed that ISESCO facilitates transition towards knowledge-based economies through developing intellectual potential of societies and providing capable human resources. He thanked the collaborating organizations for successful conduction of the workshop.

Mr. Atiq-ur-Rahman, Sr. Programme Officer, INIT, highlighted the increasing threats posed by cyber breaches, and called for instilling special protocols for ensuring cyber security. On this note, he highlighted the activities of INIT in various areas of information technology. He thanked ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT for joining hands for this activity, and hoped for further enhanced cooperation in future

The technical sessions of the five-day workshop were attended by 40 young researchers, academicians, system administrators and cyber security professionals, belonging to Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Mauritania, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan. The event provided a forum to the participating researchers and professionals to learn about the latest advancements in the field of Internet security; use the state-of-the-art technologies for protection of network and network accessible resources from different types of software attacks; and working out effective Internet/information security solutions for general public, governmental organizations, and commercial enterprises through rigorous risk analysis and security management approaches.

Various topics covered during the technical sessions included organizational security; cyber security; cloud computing security; risk assessment; digital forensics; ethical hacking; dissecting a cyber-attack; Reconnaissance (Recon); Password Attacks & Social Engineering concepts; covering tracks and hiding; various types of attacks; evolution of Botnet Configurations and DDoS attacks; and concept of kill chain. Practical exercises and trainings on Information Security/Policy/Procedures Writing; Information Assets Identifications & Valuation; Gap Analysis; Statement of Applicability; Risk Assessment & Treatment; Auditing and Certification Process; using Master Boot Record- MBR/VBR/Partition Tables, as well as using Master File Tables – MFT (Scenarios/ Experimentation); Wireless Hacking and Countermeasures; and Incident Handling related to Malware Attack Scenario, e-mail Scenario, and Network/Web Attack Scenario.

The workshop successfully concluded with the distribution of certificates among the resource persons, local and foreign participants, and organizing committee members, by the representatives of KazNU, COMSATS and INIT.

The COMSATS’ official also held a meeting with Rector and Vice Rector KazNU to discuss ongoing collaboration.

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Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.

INTRODUCTION

Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.

FORMAT

The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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