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The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) has launched a 5G security working group during GISEC 2021 to ensure end-to-end cybersecurity for OIC member states.

Engr. Bader Al-Salehi, chair of OIC-CERT, said, “Before 5G technology can be deployed, we need to ensure that the security challenges of this technology can be overcome. We believe that this initiative by the OIC-CERT will help resolve some security issues and accelerate 5G implementation, especially within the OIC community.”

Huawei and Cybersecurity Malaysia will be co-chairs of the 5G security working group. The 5G security working group will be tasked with increasing awareness of 5G security importance among OIC members. Moreover, it will develop a common 5G security framework for risk assessment and management and develop an open standard that can be used to mitigate any technical difficulties in rolling out 5G.

Dato’ Ts Dr. Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia as well as the permanent secretariat of the OIC-CERT, commented, “Huawei has an excellent track record of empowering secure and resilient digital transformations in the UAE and the rest of the world. Together with Huawei, we are dedicated to providing expertise in cyber crisis management and develops capabilities to mitigate cyber threats by leveraging on global collaboration.” 

The collaboration will strive not only to provide best practices and guidance but also promote standardization on an open and transparent platform to accelerate the seamless, cost-effective rollout of 5G among OIC member states.

Aloysius Cheang, chief security officer of Huawei UAE, also remarked, “Huawei is dedicated to helping partners in the region address cybersecurity challenges while building cutting-edge networks. This collaboration is a direct reflection of our ongoing commitment. We are honored to work with the OIC-CERT to provide guidance to the global cybersecurity ecosystem.”

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