Dubai, UAE: The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT), a leading international cybersecurity platform, has launched a 5G security working group at GISEC, the Middle East and Africa’s most influential and connected cybersecurity event, to ensure end-to-end cybersecurity for OIC member states.

The 5G security working group will be tasked with increasing awareness on the importance of 5G security among OIC members, develop a common 5G security framework for risk assessment and management and develop an open standard that can be used to mitigate any technical difficulties in rolling out the 5G.

Engr. Bader Al-Salehi, Chair of OIC-CERT, outlined the group aims to contribute to the global development of 5G by forming a trusted global ecosystem, adding: “Before 5G technology can be deployed, we need to ensure that the security challenges of this technology can be overcome. We believe that this initiative by the OIC-CERT will help resolve some security issues and accelerate 5G implementation, especially within the OIC community.”

The collaboration will strive to provide best practices, guidance and promote standardisation on an open and transparent platform to accelerate the seamless, cost-effective roll out of 5G among OIC member states.

Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT, and Malaysia representative, will co-chair the 5G security working group together with Huawei.

“Huawei has an excellent track record of empowering secure and resilient digital transformations in the UAE and the rest of the world. Together with Huawei, we are dedicated to providing expertise in cyber crisis management and develops capabilities to mitigate cyber threats by leveraging on global collaboration,” said Abdul Wahab.

Fellow co-chair, Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer of Huawei UAE, commented: “Huawei is dedicated to helping partners in the region address cybersecurity challenges while building cutting-edge networks. This collaboration is a direct reflection of our ongoing commitment. We are honoured to work with the OIC-CERT to provide guidance to the global cybersecurity ecosystem.”