May 28, 2024

National Cyber Security Agency takes part in 7th OEWG meetings in New York

The National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA), alongside the mission of the permanent delegation of Qatar to the United Nations in New York, is participating in the meetings of the 7th Open-Ended Working Group on the security of and in the use of information and communications technologies (OEWG).

The NCSA’s participation focuses on the security threats posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), building confidence and leveraging cooperative measures among nations.

Addressing the meetings, Director of Cybersecurity Strategies and Policies at the NCSA, Abdulrahman Al Shafi, emphasized that cooperation is ongoing with the international team in the United Nations to achieve the intended goals, noting Qatar’s tremendous success in hosting the largest technological event in the Middle East and Africa, which brought together 15,000 participants from over 118 countries around the globe.

Eng Al Shafi affirmed that hosting this event underscores Qatar’s efforts in forging technological and educational cooperation and promoting businesses designating the country a prestigious hub and destination for technology and innovation in the Middle East. He pointed out that Qatar has released the AI safe application guidelines, in pursuit of keeping up with the increasing international endeavours to set the regulations related to AI governance, as well as handling the potential security loopholes in this field.

The guidelines, in question, included ethical and security considerations, as well as data privacy, Eng Al Shafi highlighted, stressing that cybersecurity is a joint responsibility that requires synergistic efforts to apply global standards and guidelines for the responsible utilization of AI and upgrading the cutting-edge technologies in IT and communications security and uses.