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QU and Protection Group International sign MoU | Qatar University

QU and Protection Group International sign MoU

2019-09-02 00:00:00.0

Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering (CENG) KINDI Center for Computing Research yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Protection Group International (PGI) to cooperate on developing a Cyber Academy at QU. The MoU was signed by CENG Dean Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji and PGI Chief Corporate Development Officer Mr. Sebastian Madden in the presence of the British Chargé d’Affaires and a delegation from the British Embassy, PGI representatives, as well as CENG leadership, faculty and staff. 

This MoU aims at developing collaboration with QU to deliver, coordinate and oversee a comprehensive approach to cyber security skills training in the State of Qatar. The parties will cooperate to implement a comprehensive national skills-framework-based approach to cyber security training, and enhance the opportunities of building QU’s capacity and capability to deliver cyber security training. Delivering this training will benefit government and commercial sectors in the State of Qatar.

QU and PGI will work together to design a comprehensive approach to coordinate and deliver cyber security training in the State of Qatar. In his remarks, Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji said: “In coordination with our partners, CENG will continue to deliver on its mission and vision to fulfill the needs of the industrial sector by graduating highly qualified professionals, and by providing its students with training and internship opportunities that enable them to make a difference in various areas at the workplace.”

In her comment, KINDI Director Dr. Noora Fetais said, "Until recently, cybercrime was limited to individuals or small groups, but as the Internet networks expanded, these crimes became more complex and widespread, causing significant damage to companies and institutions. Although there is an evolution in the systems of some institutions, they are not immune to cyber-attacks because of the development of mechanisms and methods of electronic hackers. Hence, all institutions need to develop a plan for the development of their infrastructure to enhance cyber security and at the same time individuals need to develop their skills in this area."

In his speech, Mr. Sebastian Madden said, “Advanced digital economies require large numbers of skilled security professionals to ensure their security. This requires programs like those we provide at PGI’s Cyber Academy that deliver an efficient mix of training, development and experience. We create new cyber security professionals through reskilling and role-based training. We also provide continuing professional development for staff in every cyber career path using UK Government certified training.”

He adds, “In the last 5 years, PGI has worked with more than 30 countries to deliver national cyber security capacity building programs, and to train and reskill government, defense, police, critical infrastructure, financial sector and corporate staff. PGI is delighted to have been selected as Qatar University College of Engineering’s partner on this exciting initiative so that we can share this experience to develop the State of Qatar’s ability to deliver similar programs.”

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