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04 April 2017

Cybersecurity experts meet on the future of major event security

DOHA, Qatar – With the cyber environment posing security challenges to major sporting and other public events, global experts are meeting to develop and implement best practices to mitigate future cyber risks.

Meeting over three days (2 – 4 April) under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia, some 20 cybersecurity experts from seven countries are reviewing cyber threats and how they impact public safety operations, with a specific focus on: 

  • coordinating national cyber incident responses
  • harmonizing cybersecurity risk management standards across infrastructures at a national level
  • conducting cybersecurity risk management on national infrastructures impacted by major public events

Funded by Qatar, INTERPOL’s Project Stadia aims to create a centre of excellence and good practice through its knowledge management system to help INTERPOL’s member countries plan and undertake security preparations, both physical and cyber, for major events.

 "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," said Major Mahmod Salah Ibrahim, Head of Cyber Security Unit with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Project Stadia organizes regular expert group meetings on key issues tied to legislation, physical security and cybersecurity.

The meetings bring together global experts from law enforcement, event organizing committees, government, the private sector, academia and civil society to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis and develop independent recommendations for planning and executing security arrangements for major international sporting events.

The issue of security at high profile stadiums and major sporting events has gained considerable attention in the wake of recent deadly terrorist attacks, including in Paris in November 2015 and Istanbul in December 2016.

"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," said Falah Al Dosari, Senior Project Manager, Project Stadia.

"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," said Falah Al Dosari, Senior Project Manager, Project Stadia.

The two-day (7 and 8 November) meeting will be attended by senior Qatari and INTERPOL officials, as well as senior representatives from government agencies, law enforcement, academia and key private sector and international organizations from around the world.

For further information on the conference and registration details please contact Project Stadia.

Major Mahmod Salah Ibahim, Head of Cyber Security Unit, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Michael Roberts, INTERPOL Project Stadia