The Public Authority for Privatization & Partnership (PAPP) has signed a Tawazun Oman Project agreement with Thales to deliver advanced cyber range solutions and training at the country’s Advanced Cybersecurity Academy (ACA). The agreement was signed by Dr. Dhafir bin Awadh Al Shanfari, PAPP's CEO and Mr. Pierre Jeanne, vice president of Thales Group for cybersecurity technologies and solutions.
Thales will provide cyber range platforms ( a sophisticated cybersecurity training and testing facility) to the ACA in addition to a complete cyber training program. This program will be led by Thales cyber experts who will be based in Oman for two years and train 16 Omani trainers at the academy.
Furthermore, it will leverage its expertise to develop five comprehensive cyber curricula and grant a license to perform them in the country for the academy. All course materials including scenarios and topologies to develop strong cyber security skills will be provided. Thales' cyber range platforms, developed and powered by its partner DIATEM, will include their advanced training tools for the academy. Trainees will learn how to protect and defend their networks against cyber-attacks with the cyber range platforms, virtualizing all possible scenarios and solutions.
Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al Shanfari welcomed the singing of the agreement by saying “The Advanced Cybersecurity Academy is one of our key projects under the Tawazun Oman Program that is in line with Oman’s vision. This is a significant step forward for the enhancement of the Sultanate’s security capabilities. Through our international strategic partner, Thales, we have a partner with deep knowledge and proven capabilities in cyber security, which will benefit Omani professionals through the bespoke cyber range and training solutions offered at the academy.”
Oman already ranks third in the world, next to only the USA and Canada in cyber-attack readiness according to the global cybersecurity index. For the Middle East region, it is ranked second for protecting its national infrastructure.