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Oman enhances cybersecurity amidst rising online incidents

Oman enhances cybersecurity amidst rising online incidents
Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology effectively managed over 460 cybersecurity incidents in 2023.

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Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) in Oman effectively managed over 460 cybersecurity incidents in 2023, highlighting the sultanate’s efforts to safeguard digital infrastructure. The annual report also showed that the National Digital Forensic Laboratory resolved 241 cybercrime cases and the Threats Notification and Alert Service issued 86 alerts on potential security threats. The digital landscape of Oman saw significant activity with over 30mn electronic transactions processed and over 3.5mn electronic certificates issued, reflecting a growing reliance on digital solutions. The telecommunications sector reported investments totalling about RO227mn and revenues of approximately RO805mn, with an Omanisation rate of 94%. Artificial Intelligence (AI) also received a notable push with investments exceeding RO31.2mn, and the burgeoning startup ecosystem saw 48 new registrations. Oman’s foray into space technology marked another leap forward, with investments reaching US$155mn in 2021, promising a future of innovative exploration. Infrastructure development moves forward with the deployment of 4,566 5G stations nationwide, enhancing connectivity and supporting the rollout of next-generation network services. Muscat leads this expansion with 1,680 stations.

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