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Morocco Hosts Fifth Cyber Security Conclave Seminar

The fifth Cyber Security Conclave Morocco seminar commenced in Rabat on Wednesday, organized by the General Directorate of Information Systems Security (DGSSI) in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Council of the United Arab Emirates.

This two-day seminar, convening over 350 public decision-makers, business leaders, cybersecurity professionals, and experts, underscores the critical importance of collaboration in the realm of cybersecurity.

The event aims to enhance and test the limits of cyber capabilities via human ingenuity by addressing new techniques and strategies to combat cyber-attacks, and to fortify digital sovereignty in the face of technological advancements such as AI, Big Data, Blockchain, and IoT.

It also boasts a diverse program featuring conferences and panel discussions led by prominent national and international cybersecurity experts, as well as a Cyber-drill involving academic and professional teams.

National cybersecurity authorities, including representatives from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Canada, Ghana, Gabon, Egypt, Benin, Mozambique, and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as delegates from SMART AFRICA and the International Telecommunication Union, are participating in the seminar.

A meeting of the Network of African Cybersecurity Authorities (NACSA), in which the DGSSI has held the vice presidency since November 2023, will take place to establish the founding charter of NACSA and will define its missions and biennial action plan.

The opening session featured a speech by Minister Delegate in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdeltif Loudyi, who emphasized the need for a secure cyberspace to facilitate the country’s digital transition. Loudyi also highlighted the efforts made by the Kingdom to bolster the security of its information systems sector.

Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Innovation, Abellatif Miraoui, emphasized the importance of developing human resource capacities, emphasizing his department’s training initiatives to meet the needs of the national cybersecurity and information technology environment.

Minister Delegate for Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, Ghita Mezzour, stressed the prioritization of digitalization in Morocco, citing cybersecurity as a prerequisite for a successful digital transition.

The opening session also featured speeches from the head of the Cybersecurity Council of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, and the Director General of SMART AFRICA, Lacina Kone.