Jawad Al Redha, Microsoft Gulf’s Head of Government Interface for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Small and Mid Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) Business Development
Microsoft Gulf, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Justice, has announced that it has recently co-organized the 4th International Conference on Cyber Crimes in Abu Dhabi. The UAE – the first Arab state to enforce a special cybercrime law – led regional and international discussions on trends, best practices and challenges in the global fight against cybercrimes during the conference.
The Ministry of Justice’s Institute of Judicial Training and Studies organized the inaugural edition of the conference in 2007 shortly after the promulgation of Federal Law No. 2 of 2006 on combating information technology crimes. The UAE had already been taking various legal actions against such crimes prior to the federal law, however, adopting legislations within the Penal Code and issuing judicial rulings from the national courts. As one of the world’s leading IT proponents, Microsoft has been lending full support to the Emirates and other Arab countries in establishing more effective legislation to reduce the incidences of cyber crimes.
Chancellor Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Al Kamali, Director-General of the Institute of Judicial Training and Studies, said: “The only way to effectively address cybercrimes is to enhance coordination and cooperation among the judicial, government and private sectors. The International Conference on Cyber Crimes adopts this mindset by bringing together experts and decision-makers from the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, industry and even society to develop comprehensive and suitable strategies, laws and standards. The UAE was a fitting host for this event as it has emerged as a regional model for cybercrime prevention and policing.”
“Strategic partnerships are key to the tackle against cybercrimes. We need to be aware of the legal strategies that can be taken against them, the impact of such activities on the IT industry and society in general, and the technologies and tools we can use to more effectively protect national and regional IT assets. For our part, Microsoft Gulf is highly committed to sharing its expertise and collaborating with key institutions such as the Ministry of Justice to achieve our common vision of eliminating software piracy and other forms of cyber crime in the region,” added Jawad Al Redha, Microsoft Gulf’s Head of Government Interface for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Small and Mid Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) Business Development.