23rd – 24th November, 2021

Conference Overview

The British Embassy in Kuwait and the UK Science & Innovation Network, in partnership with Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), Kuwait University, Kuwait College of Science & Technology and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences announce the third annual UK/Kuwait Cyber Security Education and Research Conference, CERC2021.This year’s event will be hosted at Kuwait University College of Life Sciences (Sabah Al-Salem University City) and will be streamed online for virtual audiences. The conference is scheduled to be on 23rd – 24th of November 2021.

The theme for this year’s conference is:

Cybersecurity Awareness and Capacity Building

Schedule

11:00 – 11:30 (KWT)
08:00 – 08:30 (GMT)

Preparation and Check-In

Opening Session: Capacity Building and Awareness

11:30 – 12:00 (KWT)
08:30 – 09:00 (GMT)

Welcome Addresses

12:00 – 12:30 (KWT)
09:00 – 09:30 (GMT)

Keynote 1: Trends in Cyber Security from a UK perspective

Dr. Henry Pearson, UK Cyber Ambassador, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), UK (Virtual)

12:30 – 13:00 (KWT)
09:30 – 10:00 (GMT)

Keynote 2: Cybersecurity in Kuwait

Eng. Meshal Alzayed, CITRA, Kuwait

13:00 – 13:30 (KWT)
10:00 – 10:30 (GMT)

Break

Session 1: Securing Critical Infrastructure

13:30 – 13:50 (KWT)
10:30 – 10:50 (GMT)

Cybersecurity Models for Critical Infrastructure

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

Securing Critical Infrastructure

Mr. Ahmad Alsharif, Diyar United Company, Kuwait

14:10 – 14:30 (KWT)
11:10 – 11:30 (GMT)

Improving Cyber Security Resilience Through Cyber Awareness

14:30 – 15:00 (KWT)
11:30 – 12:00 (GMT)

Discussion Panel: Building Critical Infrastructure with Security in the Forefront

15:00 – 16:00 (KWT)
12:00– 13:00 (GMT)

Lunch Break

Session 2: Raising Public Awareness for Security and Privacy

16:00 – 16:20 (KWT)
13:00 – 13:20 (GMT)

Examining Healthcare Professionals’ Cybersecurity Awareness and Behaviors: Lessons and Recommendations

Dr. Dari Alhuwail, Kuwait University, Kuwait

16:20 – 16:40 (KWT)
13:20 – 13:40 (GMT)

Public Awareness for Security and Privacy

Dr. Basil Alothman, KCST, Kuwait

16:40 – 17:00 (KWT)
13:40 – 14:00 (GMT)

Securing the Weakest Link

Eng. Layth AlKhalaf, IDRAK Training and Consultancy Services, Kuwait

17:00 – 18:00 (KWT)
14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)

Networking Panel

11:00 – 12:00 (KWT)
08:00 – 09:00 (GMT)

Preparation and Check-In

Session 3: Cybersecurity Education in Schools and Cybercrime Law

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

Kuwait Cybersecurity Legal Challenges

Dr. Hebah Alkhaldi, University of Leeds, UK (Virtual)

12:20 – 12:40 (KWT)
09:20 – 09:40 (GMT)

The Legal Implications of Cyberattacks

Dr. Fawaz Alkhateeb, Taher Group Law Firm and KILAW, Kuwait

12:40 – 13:00 (KWT)
09:40 – 10:00 (GMT)

Engaging Schools and Students with Cyber Privacy using Practical Gamified Learning

Dr. Sarah Morris, Cranfield University, UK (Virtual)

13:00 – 13:20 (KWT)
10:00 – 10:20 (GMT)

An Alternative Cybersecurity Educational Model for A Qualified Workforce

Eng. Aya Hassouneh, Kuwait Technical College, Kuwait

13:20 – 14:30 (KWT)
10:20 – 11:30 (GMT)

Lunch Break

Session 4: Cybersecurity Education in Schools and Cybercrime Law II

14:30 – 14:50 (KWT)
11:30 – 11:50 (GMT)

Cybersecurity Education in Schools

Dr. Virginia Franqueira, University of Kent, UK (Virtual)

14:50 – 15:10 (KWT)
11:50 – 12:10 (GMT)

Cybersecurity, Education, and KFAS

Dr. Lobna Okashah, KFAS, Kuwait

15:10 – 15:30 (KWT)
12:10 – 12:30 (GMT)

Cybersecurity Education in Schools

Mr. Ali Almatouq, Boubyan Bank and Kuwait Banking Association (KBA), Kuwait

15:30 – 16:00 (KWT)
12:30 – 13:00 (GMT)

Discussion Panel: Investing in Cybersecurity Education

Moderator:
Prof. Kassem Saleh

16:00 – 16:30 (KWT)
13:00 – 13:30 (GMT)

Break

Session 5: New Research for Cybersecurity in Emerging Technologies

16:30 – 16:50 (KWT)
13:30 – 13:50 (GMT)

Measuring Cyber Security Threats Using Machine Learning Techniques

Mr. Dawood Behbehani, City University London / KCST, UK/Kuwait (Virtual)

16:50 – 17:10 (KWT)
13:50 – 14:10 (GMT)

Scaling Blockchains for Internet of Things & Edge Computing

Prof. Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK (Virtual)

17:10 – 17:30 (KWT)
14:10 – 14:30 (GMT)

Securing Supply Chains with a Blockchain-based Framework

Dr. Ahmad Ashkanani, Kuwait University, Kuwait

17:30 – 17:50 (KWT)
14:30 – 14:50 (GMT)

Adversarially Robust Machine Learning for Critical Applications

Mr. Ziad Ali, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait

17:50 – 18:00 (KWT)
14:50 – 15:00 (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)

Conference Venue

Sabah Al-Salem Kuwait University City (Alshadadiya), College of Life Sciences, 2nd Floor, Roman Theater.

Sabah Alsalem University City
College of Life Sciences
College of Life Sciences
Sabah Alsalem University City

Recording

Day 1
Day 2

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.