Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 10

NEWS QATAR Cybersecurity challenges targeted in collaboration with Turkey A model designed to drive public– private sector collaboration will be the cornerstone of a new programme developed by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and Turkey’s leading research agency, that is set to strengthen Qatar’s cyber resilience. The programme will focus on three themes addressing cybersecurity challenges that Qatar and Turkey share: cloud and big data security, security systems for mobile devices and applications, and critical infrastructure cybersecurity. It will be jointly funded by QNRF, part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). Academic and research institutes, industry, the private sector and government partners, from both nations will work side-by-side through the joint funding programme. The awarded projects will be announced in March 2018, with those comprising both a software and hardware element being funded for three years, and software-only projects being funded for two years. The programme has been developed following a December 2015 agreement between QNRF and TÜBİTAK to collaborate on projects in areas of mutual interest, recognising the role of technological innovation in economic and social development. Cybersecurity’s status as an issue of strategic pri ority for both countries led to the issue being targeted and the partnership has scope for further bilateral cooperation. Technology to enhance use of research data Discoveries and data produced by Qatar’s research community will be managed in a more streamlined fashion through a collaboration between Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) and Qatar National Library (QNL). The Research Data Project will establish a framework for ensuring the outcomes of projects supported by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) are stored, preserved, and communicated effectively. QNRF and QNL, will work together to build capacity for research data management through infrastructure development, while joint workshops with the research community will enhance data management skills. “The rapid acceleration in the level of Qatar’s research output in the decade since QNRF’s establishment has created the need for frameworks and processes that ensure the products of the nation’s vibrant R&D enterprise have the greatest, and most enduring, value and impact,” said Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF. “It will bring a cohesive approach to research data management that helps to ensure the fruits of Qatar’s R&D efforts are transparent, focused, accessible, and capable of benefiting the nation both now and into the future.” The project will collate data from past, current and future projects. An online planning tool will capture data, and QNL’s digital repository will be upgraded to support the curation and reuse of research data. 10 INTELLIGENTCIO