Information Technology Authority through Oman National CERT has organized a get-together for OCERT Ambassadors on November 9, 2015 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Muscat in Afrah Ballroom. The main objectives of this event are to showcase ambassadors’ efforts that have been achieved so far, honouring InfoSec Competition winners and active ambassadors, conducting Information security awareness sessions and getting Ambassadors opinions to improve the program. The Guest of Honor was Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, Chief Executive Officer of ITA. The nine students including Ms. Aseela Hamed Al Many, Ms. Ruqiya Khalfan Al Nabhani, Ms. Ikhlas Al Shukeily, Mrs. Muna Al Kharusi, Ms. Maryam Hamed Al Shukaili, Ms. Amani Abdullah Al Hinai, Ms. Safa Sulaiman Al Rumaidhi, Mr. Omar Al Kindi and Mr. Salim Al Nabhani along with the IT Lecturer Mr. Muhammad Yasir Khan attended the event. The students are the members of groups which participated in the InfoSec 2014 security awareness video and poster design competitions under supervision of Mr. Muhammad Yasir Khan.
The event started with the welcome message by Eng.Badar Al-Salehi at 9.10 am. Mrs. Raba Ambusaidi discussed the Ambassadors program Achievements from 2011 to 2015. Later the winners of InfoSec 2014 are announced & awarded. There were total 37 groups which participated in the competitions. Eight groups are selected for the final round from the above two categories. One group of each category is selected by a team of experts as the winner.
Mr.Ibrahim Al-Shuaili delivered a lecture on an emerging security threat “Cyber Blackmailing” and followed by a coffee break. The Chief Guest exited. Later active ambassadors are awarded with “Certificate of Appreciation” and InfoSec 2014 participants with “Certificate of Participation”.
A lecture on “Soft Skill session: See You at the Top” is delivered by Mr. Saif Al-Zaabi to improve the soft skills of participants and how to become the best. Mr. Talal Al-Asmi delivered a session on “How to be an active ambassador?”. These sessions followed by a coffee break & snacks.
After the coffee break, Mr. Hassan Al-Ajmi delivered a lecture on “Cyberbullying and Social media security”. He discussed different scenarios of cyber bullying taking place in Gulf and other countries.
The event was officially announced to be closed and followed by a Lunch.
Mr. Yasir discussed with Mr. Talal Al Asmi for some real time projects for the IT students. He is placed in Ministry of Education by ITA for the recently launched Information Security department. He informed that he has some projects for the security students and he is already sharing projects with the students of College of Applied Sciences Sur and Ibri.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for the students to get acquainted with the ITA and OCERT activities. We are thankful to the HoS, HoD and college administration to provide this great opportunity.