UK cyber security firm teams with Muscat University to deliver new courses

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London-based cyber security specialist Templar Executives has entered into a new partnership with Muscat University and Oman’s National Security Services Group.

According to a statement released by the university, the deal will lead to the establishment of a Cybersecurity Education Center in the sultanate, with Templar Executives providing accredited training courses.

A signing ceremony was held on the university’s campus to mark the occasion. In attendance were Professor Yusra bint Ali Al Mouzughi, vice-chancellor of Muscat University; the chief executive of the National Security Services Group and representatives of the British Embassy in Oman.

Awareness of the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looks set to form a key part of the training programme, in particular the implications for organisations that wish to continue working with bodies within the UK and the EU following the introduction of new rules governing the storage and handling of people's personal data.

Professor Mouzughi said: “Muscat University has the sound vision, fundamental requirements and facilities to host and present such important and modern courses in the Sultanate, thus the University in cooperation with its partners will design the various training programs in the field of cyber security to maximize the benefits of the Omani Society in particular and the region in general.

“It will contribute to increasing the level of awareness and full understanding of the cyber security concept.”

A statement from the National Security Services Group added: “We are proud of this partnership today, and we were able to build a successful constructive relationship with the relevant establishments and establish a specialised platform in this field that will provide the beneficiaries with the necessary skills and capabilities to meet potential challenges.”

Templar Executives said in a Tweet that it was looking forward to a “long and successful partnership”.