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Thales and Qatar University collaborate to boost cybersecurity knowledge in Qatar

Thales and Qatar University collaborate to boost cybersecurity knowledge in Qatar

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Qatar University has renewed its partnership with global technology leader, Thales, to continue with the development of innovative cybersecurity solutions, upskill local youth and protect the country against emerging cyberthreats. Thales ambition is to be the trusted partner of Qatar in cybersecurity delivering customised solutions to ensure Qatar’s sovereignty.

As part of the renewed agreement, Thales will support Qatar University with its annual cybersecurity event Cyber Week, by reintroducing its advanced training tool, Cyber Range, to assist the university’s students in improving their capabilities to address cyberattacks.

This collaboration builds on a long-standing relationship where the two entities have been working closely in the field of cybersecurity since 2014 when Thales signed an agreement with Qatar University to sponsor a ‘Professional Chair’. This was followed by Thales introducing its advanced training tool, Cyber Range in 2019.

“As a long-term partner of the State of Qatar for over 40 years, Thales supports the country through three main axes: industry, innovation and education. Today, the critical importance of cybersecurity is more understood and it is key to support the Digital Transformation that is happening in all sectors. Through our partnership with Qatar University, we are developing young experts whose learnings and research will support the realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030, of which security and education are core to building a future we can all trust,” said Frederic Sallet, Qatar VP, Country Director, Thales.

Dr Abdulaziz Khalid Al-Ali, Director of KINDI Computing Research Centre, said: “Cyberthreats represent some of the most significant challenges to national security. Most large institutions, including us in higher education, face cybersecurity challenges. With Thales’ expertise, our students gain a unique practical element which encourages and prepares them to be well trained for future careers in the field of cybersecurity and resilience.”

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