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[ISN] ictQATAR issues policies to secure govt information
The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology
(ictQATAR) has issued two policies for government agencies aimed at
better securing government information and assets.
The Government Information Assurance Policy and the BlackBerry Security
Policy both address information assurance in regard to existing and
emerging technologies, and include specifications on areas such as
governance structure, risk management, third party security
(outsourcing), security awareness and incident management. âThe rapid
increase in usage of information and communication technology across the
government sector has resulted in important government information being
shared, stored and accessed in new ways. This has made government more
efficient and responsive. However, appropriate actions must be taken to
ensure valuable government information is protected and secured.
âIn developing our policies on Government Information Assurance and for
BlackBerry Security, ictQATAR worked with other government stakeholders
to ensure the policy met the highest security standards, while remained
practical to implement, and flexible enough to be applicable to emerging
technologies,â said Khalid al-Hashimi, executive director (Cyber
Security) at ictQATAR.
The Government Assurance Policy specifies high-level information
classification methodology for all government entities in Qatar, which
allows for appropriate values to be ascertained, risks to be determined
and appropriate protections to be applied.
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