People from across the United Arab Emirates held a youth circle at Zayed Sports City on 19 November to discuss the future of cyber security.
The event attracted 2,574 participants, who were all under 30, making it the world’s largest youth circle.
Attendees discussed issues including cyber attacks and the safety and security of children on social media.
Another 2,500 people turned up who didn’t take part in the discussion, including Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, deputy commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, and Shamma Al Mazrui, the minister of state for youth affairs.
Online safety is a top priority
Commenting on the event, Major General Al Romaithi said that online safety is one of the top priorities for the Abu Dhabi Police.
“The Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council seeks to harness all potential resources and invest in young minds and empower them by adopting their ideas and initiatives aimed at solutions, which ensure the continuation of developing mechanisms that strengthen security.”
He added: “We are all one team, we are all one hand, and we need to work together.”
Al Mazrui said raising awareness among all those who use technology is imperative. “Cyber security is an issue which concerns us all. It is a concern to our future and a concern to our country.
“Technology lives with us all, so it is crucial that we learn the different ways that we can protect ourselves and our families from the dangers found online.”
How you can address the problem
It’s good to see people actively discussing cyber security, but this needs to be followed by good practice. Organisations and individuals need to invest in effective technological defences and keep up to date with cyber threats.
Organisations that want to improve cyber security throughout their company should take a look at our Security Awareness Programme.
This programme uses a variety of learning methods to help organisations create tangible and lasting improvements to their cyber security culture. It combines a learning needs assessment to identify the areas that your organisation should focus on with tools and services to address the problems that arise, including hands-on support from a specialist consultant, pocket guides and e-learning courses.