Lebanese Expatriate trains 18 leaders from different units within the Lebanese Army on "Cyber Defense"


The TOKTEN project in cooperation with LAF Research and Strategic Studies Center organized three days seminar on Cyber defense: building blocks and challenges that was held from 23-25 June 2014. Funded by an expatriate Mr. Monzer Hourani., the seminar was attended by 18 trainees from the: Army HQ’s, Intelligence Directorate, Research and Strategic Studies Center, IT Directorate, MEDCOM IT and Telecom Reg.

The expert, Mr. Hadi El Khoury is a Lebanese expatriate, residing in France, with extensive experience in cyber security in the private and public sector expert was brought in by the UNDP TOKTEN project to train and provide guidelines and knowledge about the cyber defense.

Highlight

  • General Khaled Hamade, Director of Research & Strategic Studies Center said: “We have to provide leaders the information and tools to address today’s complex security challenges; Information assurance is a must to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our information and operations
  • "Winning the battle in the cyber security battlefield needs, beyond technical skills and tools, solid cross-silo cooperation, and an intimate belief in the power of transversality said Mr. Hadi El-Khoury Lebanese Expatriate

 The training aimed at understanding information security basics and building blocks, acquiring a security mindset, writing/Updating a Security Policy and exercising permanent control over the security policy. The trainees learned how to look for information on vulnerabilities, threats and emerging trends and designing a secured IT architecture “under fire”: thinking like an attacker

This of course will help trainees to evaluate the security of an existing IT network/system and reacting to an incident and resuming operation Information warfare is an emergent reality that states and institutions have to face Cyber security and Cyber defense measures and tools are essential to anticipate and stop hackers and protect crucial networks and information. Cyberspace offers challenges but also opportunities to profile suspects, track criminal activity and hackers and prevent destructive plans organized virtually from becoming a reality.

Based on continual improvement concept, the LAF Research and Strategic Studies Center seeks to conduct ongoing training as a strategically capacity building initiative and skills improvement in order to enhance the overall outcomes. Working with international organization like UNDP is one of the practical trails to achieve these objectives by receiving experts for skills improvements training missions.

 The TOKTEN project aims at reinforcing Government efforts to strengthen technical capacities in key sectors and institutions, and to establish a mechanism whereby the country can tap into the skills base of its expatriate nationals at the same time that expatriate nationals are afforded the opportunity to contribute at a relatively modest cost.

 General Khaled Hamade, Director of Research & Strategic Studies Center said: “We have to provide leaders the information and tools to address today’s complex security challenges; Information assurance is a must to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our information and operations.

It’s critical to our mission success and therefore it should be a part of the risk management process. It’s necessary to promote a culture that is risk aware and complies with practices that minimize vulnerabilities to army, networks, systems and information”

UNDP country director Mr. Luca Renda mentioned “UNDP is already collaborating with the Lebanese Armed forces in two projects namely mine action and Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC).  We hope that the Cyber Defense seminar is the first initiative in a extended cooperation with the Research and Strategic Studies Center of the Lebanese Armed Forces. We recognize the importance of such a center in acquiring knowledge and information and using it to build capacity, plan and develop operational strategies.

"Winning the battle in the cyber security battlefield needs, beyond technical skills and tools, solid cross-silo cooperation, and an intimate belief in the power of transversality said Mr. Hadi El-Khoury the trainer   The 18 trainees come from different units within the Lebanese Army and through the exchange of experience and points of view across the seminar, their great interaction and engagement constitute a very solid ground for building cyber defense capabilities."

"I seize the opportunity to thank the UNDP that gave me this opportunity through the TOKTEN program to share my experience with my fellow countrymen. It was an honor to spend these three fulfilling days with Lebanese Army trainees." Mr. El-Khoury added