The Minister Delegate in charge of National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, said that Morocco has been engaged in digitization workshops for two decades, highlighting the need for a secure cyberspace to support the country’s digital transformation and ensure its digital sovereignty.
In a speech on the occasion of the opening of the fifth edition of the International Cybersecurity Forum, Loudier stressed that Morocco seeks to move to maximum speed in the process of modernizing and digitizing its administrative, economic and societal structures, without neglecting to ensure a secure cyberspace.
To achieve this goal, the Minister stressed the need to bring in the spread of new technologies and techniques, such as large databases and artificial intelligence, which provide great capabilities for data processing and can be used as a weapon in protecting information systems.
In the face of this situation, Loudier adds, since 2011, Morocco has been keen to establish the basic building blocks for an integrated and effective national system for information systems security, noting that, at the organizational level, an appropriate institutional framework has been developed by appointing the General Directorate for Information Systems Security as a national authority in charge of cybersecurity. As well as the establishment of the Strategic Committee for Cybersecurity, in addition to a center for monitoring and responding to information attacks.
He pointed out that, in order to strengthen this institutional framework, the Moroccan legislator was keen to support the Kingdom’s legal arsenal in the field of information systems security, by issuing the law related to cybersecurity, as well as its implementing texts.
He added, “In recognition of the importance of the human element in the success of public policies as it is the first line of defence, we have focused in parallel on developing the capabilities of human resources and raising their level of awareness of cyber threats, by programming training and awareness-raising courses and workshops, as well as organizing simulation exercises for the benefit of various actors in the field of systems security.” Information, within the framework of partnerships with leading national and international bodies in this field.”
As for international cooperation, Lodi notes, several bilateral cooperation agreements have been concluded with friendly and brotherly countries in the field of cybersecurity, and the Kingdom is also keen to participate and contribute to the various stations and initiatives that are launched at the level of international and regional organizations, which aim primarily to establish a framework for responsible behavior. It is safe for countries in cyberspace, as well as establishing international mechanisms for coordination in this field.
He pointed out that the General Directorate of Information Systems Security is currently preparing the new version of the National Cybersecurity Strategy, which places at the core of its priorities enhancing national digital security and strengthening the immunity and resilience of cyberspace.
He noted that all stakeholders, whether government actors or experts, must place under the microscope of analysis the problem of resorting to cloud services, which has become almost inevitable, and the resulting discussions centered around the protection of data of a sensitive nature and the concept of digital sovereignty in its comprehensive sense.
Moreover, the Minister adds that, “Given the pivotal role that sensitive infrastructure plays in securing vital state functions, we must continue efforts to enhance and strengthen the immunity and resilience of the information systems supporting these functions by enacting a set of appropriate security controls, in order to make them immune to all danger.” A potential cyber threat that could pose a threat to the continuity of providing its services.”
He said that these problems and challenges necessitate concerted efforts to establish a secure cyberspace, and also require all parties, including governments, the private sector, and international and regional institutions, to engage seriously and responsibly in various initiatives aimed at enhancing cooperation and coordination and developing joint mechanisms for sharing information, as well as exchanging experiences. Experience and competency building in this field.
In this context, Loudier stressed that Morocco is proud of its African and Arab affiliation to engage in constructive partnerships in the field of cybersecurity, expressing the Kingdom’s readiness, in implementation of the High Royal Directives, to give the necessary importance to programs of cooperation and exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries and to mobilize its human competencies at the disposal of these programs.
This forum, organized by the General Directorate of Information Systems Security of the National Defense Administration in partnership with the UAE Cybersecurity Council, which brings together over two days 350 decision-makers, business managers, officials and professionals in the field of cybersecurity, highlights the paramount importance of cooperation in the field of cybersecurity. ,
It aims to strengthen the cyber capabilities of human resources, by discussing modern technologies used to confront cyber attacks, in addition to strengthening digital sovereignty in view of technological developments, such as artificial intelligence, big data, block chain, and the Internet of Things.