The United Arab Emirates affirmed their commitment to 'beefing-up' Internet security.
Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that the UAE is committed to developing potent methods to battle cyber crime and to prepare a global strategy to protect the Internet. In the past, UAE businesspeople have exercised extreme caution in utilizing e-commerce services, for fear of security and privacy breaches, Khaleej Times newspaper reported.
Opening the Triple International Defence Conference (Tricon 2000), taking place on the sidelines of Tridex 2000, Shaikh Al Nahyan advocated the need for steps to face changes and challenges taking place in the global informational technology sector. Al Nahyan said the UAE has taken major strides in the field of information technology. He added that the country has long recognized the need to actively participate in global discussions on information technology.
The Tridex show, which opened on Sunday and will last for five days, is dedicated to three of the fastest-developing areas of the defence industry - electronic warfare, security training and simulation of logistics and medical equipment.
The conference is being held under the theme "Information warfare and cyber terrorism". "We have participants from all over the world. The subject we are dealing with today is vital and timely," Shaikh Al Nahyan remarked, adding that the event would be a vehicle to exchange opinions on emerging trends and ideas. "The invasion of privacy on the Internet has been a major source of worry and concern, and we should seek to develop techniques to face the changes and challenges taking place now," he said.
Shaikh Al Nahyan cited recent cyber crimes and succinctly concluded, "Information systems have to be protected. Obviously, there are dangers, and steps have to be taken to combat cyber crime. The road to success is long."
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