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Interpol cyber event

Doha was the venue for a three day meeting from April 2 to 4, under the auspices of Interpol’s Project Stadia, on cybersecurity and major public events.

Funded by Qatar, Project Stadia aims to create a centre of excellence and good practice, to help Interpol member countries plan and undertake security preparations, physical and cyber, for major events.

Major Mahmod Salah Ibrahim, Head of Cyber Security Unit with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said: “The outcomes of the cyber meeting this week will contribute to the development of national cyber risk management initiatives which Qatar is putting in place for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

Project Stadia organises regular expert group meetings on issues tied to legislation, physical security and cybersecurity.
The meetings bring together global figures from law enforcement, event organising committees, governments, the private sector, academia and civil society to recommend on planning and executing security arrangements for major international sporting events.

The issue of security at stadiums and major sporting events has arisen further after recent terrorist attacks, including at the Stade de France in Paris in November 2015, and Istanbul in December 2016.

Falah Al Dosari, Senior Project Manager, Project Stadia, said: “Understanding the global threat environment and its implications for future major events and host nations, together with ensuring critical infrastructure resilience, are key to ensuring security at major public events. We are therefore pleased to announce that these issues which impact safety at major public events will be on the agenda at the 1st International Major Event Security Conference which the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Project Stadia will co-host in November.”

The two-day meeting will be attended by senior Qatari and Interpol officials, as well as senior representatives from government agencies, law enforcement, academia and private sector and international bodies.


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