STAFF REPORT IBD: Speakers at a recently held five-day workshop have stressed the need for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the large amount of critical information on the networking infrastructures worldwide.

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) had organized  the workshop held in Amman, Jordan, says a message received here. The workshop was the Royal Scientific Society (RSS).

Purpose of the event was to discuss the increased need for privacy and security issues due to ever-growing commercial, social and personal activities over the computer networks.

On the occasion, Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Vice President RSS, Prof. Jayyousi said that through smart use of ICTs we can envision a very transparent society that actively and critically participates in problem solving and decision making, and is secure and capable of better responding to emerging threats and risks.

In his message read out on the occasion, Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, opined that in the absence of secure computers and networked systems, individuals and organizations are vulnerable to cyber crimes, computer frauds, telecommunications abuse, and the unauthorized access, disclosure, modification or destruction of information.

The five-day workshop comprised five modules and included technical presentations, tutorials and hands-on training sessions by experts from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia; and CIIT, Pakistan.

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