25th – 26th October, 2022

Conference Overview

The 4th Cybersecurity Education and Research Conference (CERC) is a joint venture organized by the UK Government in collaboration with Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), the British Embassy in Kuwait, the Kuwait College of Science & Technology (KCST), Kuwait University (KU) and The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The conference will take place on the KCST campus on 25-26 October 2022 with support for accommodating virtual speakers and pre-registered attendees.

The theme for this year’s conference is:

Cyber-resilient Technologies

Area of Focus

cerc 2022

Schedule

08:30 – 09:00 (KWT)
06:30 – 07:00 (GMT)

Preparation and Check-In

Opening Session:

09:00 – 09:30 (KWT)
07:00 – 07:30 (GMT)

Welcome Addresses

09:30 – 10:00 (KWT)
07:30 – 08:00 (GMT)

Keynote 1:

Ms.Juliette Wilcox CMG, British Cyber Security Ambassador, UK

10:00 – 10:10 (KWT)
08:00 – 08:10 (GMT)

Responsible cyber engagement and influence

Mr.Amo Kalar, Deputy Head of Cyber Department FCDO, UK

10:10 – 10:40 (KWT)
08:10 – 08:40 (GMT)

Keynote 2:

Dr. Reem AlShammari,CoFounder and Board member of Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast, Kuwait

10:40 – 11:00 (KWT)
08:40 – 09:00 (GMT)

Break

Session 1: Securing Critical Infrastructure

11:00 – 11:20 (KWT)
09:00 – 09:20 (GMT)

Quantitative Risk Assessment for IT Assets: Cost-effective Enterprise Framework for Adopting Security Systems

Eng. Nayef Jassim Alawadhi, Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS), Kuwait

11:20 – 11:40 (KWT)
09:20 – 09:40 (GMT)

Cybersecurity for OT Environments

Prof. Omer F Rana, Cardiff University, UK

11:40 – 12:00 (KWT)
09:40 – 10:00 (GMT)

Securing Banking Critical Infrastructure

Mr. Ross Mcnaughton, Gulf Bank, Kuwait

12:00 – 12:20 (KWT)
10:00 – 10:20 (GMT)

CyBOK - Cyber Security Body of Knowledge

Mr. Jonathan Duell, Gulf Cyber Lead at the British Embassy, Riyadh

12:20 – 12:50 (KWT)
10:20 – 10:50 (GMT)

Discussion Panel: Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Businesses

12:50 – 13:50 (KWT)
10:50 – 11:50 (GMT)

Lunch Break

Session 2: Blockchain and IoT Technologies

13:50 – 14:10 (KWT)
11:50 – 12:10 (GMT)

Exploring Blockchain’s Full Potential

Dr. Thomas Martin, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

14:10 – 14:30 (KWT)
12:10 – 12:30 (GMT)

Blockchain and AI

Prof. Nashwan Dawood, Teesside University, UK

14:30 – 14:50 (KWT)
12:30 – 12:50 (GMT)

Blockchain Based 6G Enabled Digital Twin Infrastructure

Dr. Md Israfil Biswas, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

14:50 – 15:10 (KWT)
12:50 – 13:10 (GMT)

A Framework to Protect IoT Devices from Enslavement in a Home Environment

Dr. Murad Khan, Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Kuwait

15:10 – 15:30 (KWT)
13:10 – 13:30 (GMT)

Discussion Panel: Leveraging the Power of Blockchains for Security

08:30 – 09:00 (KWT)
06:30 – 07:00 (GMT)

Preparation and Check-In

Session 3: Cybersecurity Integration in Curriculums (Part 1)

09:00 – 09:20 (KWT)
07:00 – 07:20 (GMT)

Key Issues in Maintaining Secure Cyber Environments within Education Establishments

Mr. Jonathan Ledger, Department for International Trade

09:20 – 09:40 (KWT)
07:20 – 07:40 (GMT)

The Application of ‘Serious Games’ in Cyber Security Education

Prof. Vladimiro Sassone, University of Southampton, UK

09:40 – 10:00 (KWT)
07:40 – 08:00 (GMT)

Identifying Cyber Talents

Eng. Layth Al Khalaf, IDRAK Training and Consultancy, Kuwait

10:00 – 10:30 (KWT)
08:00 – 08:30 (GMT)

Break

Session 4: Cybersecurity Integration in Curriculums (Part 2)

10:30 – 10:50 (KWT)
08:30 – 08:50 (GMT)

Cybersecurity Integration in Curriculums

Mrs. Mona Salem Awad Salem, Ministry of Education, Kuwait

10:50 – 11:00 (KWT)
08:50 – 09:00 (GMT)

Introducing Cybersecurity into Software Engineering Research & Education

Dr. Mohammed Al-Kandari, Kuwait University, Kuwait

11:00 – 11:10 (KWT)
09:00 – 09:10 (GMT)

Extending Cybersecurity to other engineering disciplines

Dr. Lobna Okashah, Programme Manager Math & Science, Scientific Culture Directorate, KFAS

11:10 – 11:20 (KWT)
09:10 – 09:20 (GMT)

Studying Cyber Security in UK

Dr. Fahad Al-Mudhaf, Ministry Of Higher Education, Kuwait

11:20 – 12:00 (KWT)
09:20 – 10:00 (GMT)

Discussion Panel: Cyber-Education in the Current Era

12:00 – 13:00 (KWT)
10:00 – 11:00 (GMT)

Lunch Break

Session 5: Mobile and 5G/6G Security

13:00 – 13:20 (KWT)
11:00 – 11:20 (GMT)

A Critical Review of the Safety and Security Of Breast Cancer Apps for Arabic Speakers

Dr. Dari Al-Huwail, Kuwait University, Kuwait

13:20 – 13:40 (KWT)
11:20 – 11:40 (GMT)

The good and the bad of Edge, IoT and Mobile devices security, thumbs up or down?

Prof. Eiman Kanjo, Nottingham Trent University, UK

13:40 – 14:00 (KWT)
11:40 – 12:00 (GMT)

A Hybrid Framework for Securely Building and Executing Mobile Application

Dr. Samrajesh Mault, Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Kuwait

14:00 – 14:20 (KWT)
12:00 – 12:20 (GMT)

Measuring Android Security

Mr. Daniel R Thomas, University of Strathclyde, UK

14:20 – 14:40 (KWT)
12:20 – 12:40 (GMT)

Securing 5G Protocols

Mr. Issa Al Suwait, stc, Kuwait

14:45 – 15:00 (KWT)
12:45 – 13:00 (GMT)

Closing Remarks


Organizers

Kuwait University

Kuwait University is the first governmental research university in the State of Kuwait. It was established in October 1966 under Law No. 29 of 1966. Kuwait University seeks to provide a distinguished education, and contribute to the production, development, and dissemination of knowledge. In addition to enhancing the rehabilitation of human resources to achieve development goals; community needs, and to prepare distinguished individuals with the wealth of its knowledge resources. The university meets the development needs of the state and keeps pace with the requirements of the modern era through quality in higher education and excellence in scientific research. Kuwait University seeks to localize, develop, and disseminate knowledge to enrich the human capital of the population, and prepare leaders who are conscious of its heritage, fulfilling the needs and requirements of the modern era, and in cooperation with similar scientific and local institutions through:

  • Promoting national, Arab, and Islamic values and principles.
  • Localization, development, and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Developing and investing in human capital.
  • Achieving excellence in education, scientific research, and community service.
  • Introducing modern technologies.

The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority

The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) was established in 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the telecommunications sector, monitor and protect the interests of users and service providers and regulate the services of telecommunication networks in the country, while ensuring transparency, equality of opportunity and fair competition. Some of CITRA’s primary functions include:

  • Protecting consumer affairs.
  • Regulating services, tariffs, and rates within the ICT sector.
  • Encouraging competition and investment in the ICT sector and preventing unfair competition.
  • Regulating and licensing telecommunications services.
British Embassy, Kuwait

The British Embassy in Kuwait maintains and develops the close and historical relationship between UK and Kuwait. The Embassy works closely with Kuwait on a wide range of issues to increase the prosperity and security of both nations. Important areas of this cooperation include cyber security, defence and wider security co-operation, cultural and scientific exchanges, promoting trade and investment, tackling climate change and supporting international development.

Kuwait College of Science and Technology

Kuwait College of Science and Technology (KCST) is a private university located in Doha District of the Al Asimah Governate in Kuwait with a state-of-the-art-campus. KCST specialises in high tech degrees with strong leadership focus. KSCT is currently offering the following programs:

  • Bachelor in Computer Science - (CS)
  • Bachelor in Computer Engineering - (CE)
  • Bachelor in Electronics and Communications Engineering - (ECE)
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), a private non-profit organization, continues on its 40-year journey to harness science, technology and innovation in Kuwait, as well as to promote modernization, a better quality of life and a sustainable future for the Kuwaiti people. In line with the long-term vision of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and supported by leaders in the private sector, an Amiri Decree was issued in 1976 for the establishment of the Foundation, with a focus on advancing and integrating science, technology and innovation (STI) throughout the country.
The Foundation’s efforts toward fostering STI to address national challenges first began through the pledge made by the private sector shareholding companies to fund the Foundation based on a set percentage of their annual profits — currently at one percent — as well as through the incorporation of a unique governance modality, in which the Board of Directors is chaired and appointed by the Amir of the State of Kuwait. Today, KFAS’s impact is prominently embedded within the country’s scientific and technological accomplishments and advancements.


Conference Venue

Kuwait College of Science & Technology, Doha Area, 7th Ring Road, Kuwait


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Recommendations

Securing Critical Infrastructure
  • Accelerate the establishment of the National Cyber Security Center to secure all critical national infrastructure (e.g., energy, health care, financial services, communications, and smart cities).
  • Urge the continuance of comprehensive periodic assessment of the level of cybersecurity in the State of Kuwait on all sectors and identifying the gap to reach the desired level, in addition to a periodic review of all laws, legislation, and public policies to enhance the concepts of cyber and information security and raise awareness in society.
  • Enhance the capabilities and abilities necessary for cyber resilience in various sectors (public, private, civil) through long-term investments in infrastructure, software, technology, and human capital.
  • Establish reliable and efficient communication channels between different government entities and high-value industries to ensure that vital critical alerts related to zero-day exploits, cyberattacks and threats are received promptly and addressed immediately.
Education and Research
  • Develop and prepare skillful human cadres in the field of cybersecurity as quickly as possible to bridge the gap in the current and future workforce through academic training programs.
  • Expedite the establishment of graduate and undergraduate degrees in cybersecurity in various concentrations; encourage the insertion of cybersecurity concepts in all curricula.
  • Promote the introduction of cybersecurity throughout K-12 education in order to equip students with the general knowledge and skills in understanding basic security threats.
  • Foster scientific cooperation, knowledge exchange, capacity building, and interdisciplinary cybersecurity research between experts and practitioners in Kuwait.
Laws, Ethics, and Society
  • Synergize national and international efforts to cultivate cooperation and exchange experiences at various levels and in all sectors in cybersecurity.
  • Stimulate awareness campaigns towards the general public to raise awareness on cybersecurity issues, challenges, and education.
  • Advocate for more comprehensive cybersecurity laws that protect critical infrastructure while balancing the individuals’ privacy and freedoms.