MANAMA: Synergies between public and private security forces in the region need to be activated to tackle contemporary security challenges, Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has said.
The minister told delegates at ASIS Eighth Middle East Security Conference and Exhibition yesterday that modern technology had a key role to play in increasing efficiency and performance in industrial security for the oil and gas, petrochemicals and other strategic sectors for the GCC countries.
Organised by ASIS International, a global community of security practitioners, the two-day conference themed Securing Economic Diversification is being held under the patronage of Interior Minister Lt Gen Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.
Opening the conference and exhibition, Shaikh Mohammed urged industrial security specialists in government departments and private sector companies to join specialised societies to acquire expertise from modern applications and latest regional and international developments, affirming the significance of compliance with standards, procedures and strategies.
“Such events are important as they help to focus attention on rising threats like cyber attacks that companies in the region have to be prepared to tackle in order to protect their infrastructure, information systems and intellectual property so that they can compete in the world and achieve the highest profitability,” he said.
Speaking during the opening session, Saudi Aramco’s senior vice-president for operations and business services Muhammad Al Saggaf spoke about a number of strategic axes of industrial security and the importance of standardising the security system in enterprises.
This assumes greater significance as industrial investments get diversified, and the participation of private sector in new areas of economy increases, he added.
ASIS International president Thomas Langer said industrial security needs to be upgraded globally in light of increasing threat of terror attacks, protection of human resources and intellectual property.
Mr Langer also joined Public Security chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan, European Space Agency head of the health, safety and security section Eduard Emde and Saudi Aramco general manager of Industrial Security Ali Al Zahrani for a panel discussion on Securing Economic Diversification in the GCC.