The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Jordan brought together actors from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 12-13 December 2016 to discuss cybersecurity concerns confronting the region and the various means being used to tackle them.
The MENA Cybersecurity Forum, held in Amman, Jordan, related specific experiences at the national and regional level to the latest international developments that will have an impact on the cyber policies in the MENA. Discussions focused on such topics as addressing overlapping understandings of cyber terms and concepts, the building and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies, and, critical infrastructure and services protection. Representatives from the region also shared the priorities on their agenda and provided examples of good practices. The MENA Cybersecurity Forum in December in Amman was the first meeting of its kind and other opportunities will be sought to continue these timely discussions. For the GCSP, this initiative was held in the context of regular activities on cybersecurity on the one hand, and on the other the Centre’s experience designing and convening dialogue on international security topics that require fresh attention.