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Cybercrime & Information Security

The Engineering Students Society recently organized a seminar on cybercrime and information security with the invited speaker Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne El Hajj, director of the Cybercrime Office at the Internal Security Forces. 

The seminar, titled “Cybercrime and Information Security” also included the participation of Dr. Walid Karam from the faculty of Engineering and advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications, and was attended by a number of faculty members and students.

In his welcoming speech, Dr. Karam showcased the regulations and principles under which the Ministry of Telecommunications operates, with the state currently acting as a regulator and an operator at the same time. Law 431, he explained, was issued in 2002 to provide a framework for governing the Lebanese Telecom sector and to set the rules for its transfer to the private sector.  However, said Dr. Karam, this law has not been implemented. If the Telecom sector is owned and operated by the private sector, he argued, this would facilitate its operation independently from any political interference.

In turn, Lieutenant Colonel El Hajj addressed the role of the cybercrime bureau in tracking hackers and illegal websites that promote illegal activities such as online poker, child pornography, cybersex and sextortion.  She also showcased the role of her office in fighting all cybercrime activities.

Lieutenant Colonel El Hajj also warned against Business Spear phishing that is related to the credit card fraud.
A cocktail hosted by the Engineering Students Society followed the event.
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