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UOB,  AOCS  Sign Agreement

Balamand signed an agreement with the Arab Observatory for Cyber Security (AOCS), making the University a full partner in this pioneering and first-of-a-kind initiative that underlines the growing role of the cyber world in our daily lives and the necessity to highlight relevant security issues.
The Balamand delegation, headed by Dr. Jihad Attieh, dean of the Faculty of Sciences, signed the agreement on October 8 at the headquarters of the Order of Lawyers in Beirut in the presence of former Minister of Justice Ibrahim Najjar, representing AOCS.
In his welcoming speech, President of the Bar Association Georges Greige stressed the need to develop regulations that control the cyber space and that protect personal data from any fraud.  Mr. Greige said that there was an urgent need for a national strategy to deal with cyber security, involving both  the public and private sectors through cooperation between the government and the telecommunications industry. "This is what we are seeking from this initiative between Balamand, the Bar Association, and the Arab Observatory for Cyber Security.”

Speaking on behalf of the University, Dr. Attieh said that the cooperation with AOCS stems from the stated mission of Balamand, particularly as it relates to serving the community, and the recognition of the growing need for cyber security. 
Dr. Attieh said that, to date, Lebanon lacks a cyber-security strategy, adding that the collaboration with AOCS is meant to support the state and its institutions. Balamand, he said, will seek to play a leadership role in helping the state develop a national cyber security strategy. In turn, Balamand’s Coordinator of the Instructional Technology Unit and Associate Professor of Computer Science Father Antoine Melki  stressed the need for education on cyber security through the transfer of expertise in the educational curricula.
Among other speakers at the meeting were General Anwar Yahya, who showcased the advantages of e-government in that it will promote transparency, and “save time and reduce corruption;”  and Minister Najjar  who warned that “cyber security in Lebanon is now threatened” underlining the need for “laws and regulatory frameworks that deal with these challenges.”
This agreement, Dr. Najjar concluded, “will allow us to work together on developing laws and regulations that will strengthen cyber security”.​​​
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