Oman Data Park opens Cyber Security Centre

February 14, 2019

Oman Data Park held an event for the official commissioning of the Cyber Security Centre at Knowledge Oasis Muscat on Wednesday. The centre seeks to offer a more secure online system and provide SMEs more affordable web hosting facilities. It will also take care of security threats including phishing, and malware in mobile and system applications. 

The event was held under the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications.

Speaking about the centre, Maitham al Lawati, general manager of the Cyber Security Centre, Oman Data Park said, “The threat level is always on the rise and our customers look forward to maintaining safety. This is why we are preparing for the future with this newly commissioned Cyber Security Centre where we will continue to offer an even more advanced level of intelligence, protection and mitigation to our present and future clients.’’

He added that the Oman Data Park is determined to invest heavily in this field, along with the efforts of the competent institutions in the state, to provide digital security protection. The centre seeks to provide IT services, enhanced security services including a 24x7 cybersecurity operations and a network operations team.

The enhanced focus on the newly commissioned Cyber Security Centre will further drive the company’s determination for higher security activities as well as for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Maqbool al Wahaibi, CEO of Oman Data Park, expressed his delight at the opening of the Cyber Security Centre and said that the centre will contribute in strengthening the company’s position in the sultanate as a leader in cloud computing.

“The Oman Data Park’s Cyber Security Centre focuses on four main areas: educational aspects through the release of free periodic reports, which contain the most important types of actual security risks, offering training courses for individuals and institutions, providing security services.

“The centre will also link with other local and international bodies to identify the most important potential security risks in cyberspace to reduce their occurrence in an early stage,” said Wahaibi. The company currently operates three tier-3 global data centres in Knowledge Oasis Muscat in Rusayl, Wattayah and Duqm.

The data centre provides a diverse set of services such as co-location, managed security, cloud and disaster recovery services. At present, Oman Data Park serves a large number of businesses including major banks and oil and gas companies operating in the sultanate.