ARCC History

In December 2012, the ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Center (ITU-ARCC) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology with a vision of creating a safer and cooperative cybersecurity environment in the Arab Region and strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies in the region. In line with the objectives of the ITU Global Cyber security Agenda (GCA), ITU-ARCC acts as ITU’s cybersecurity hub in the region localizing and coordinating cybersecurity initiatives. ITU-ARCC is hosted, managed and operated by Oman National CERT (OCERT). The Centre was officially launched on the 3rd of March 2013, at the Oman National CERT in Muscat, Oman.

Our Objective

Driving the adoption of ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda across the Arab region.

Assisting/responding to the cybersecurity needs of least developed countries in the region.

Being a management center and execution platform for regional cybersecurity objectives.

Providing a consolidation center for Member States to manage regional cybersecurity programs and initiatives.

Developing a regional or national information security frameworks and policies studies through regional studies and workshops.

About ARCC

What Do We Offer

Cybersecurity Strategy and Governance

ITU-ARCC experts work closely with governments and public sectors to develop national cybersecurity strategies with clear accountabilities and responsibilities. The cybersecurity strategy includes robust programs to enhance cybersecurity capabilities and to fill the gaps in the cybersecurity environment.

Cybersecurity Technical and Assurance

Cybersecurity Technical and assurance services aim to offer cybersecurity Technical and compliance measures. ITU-ARCC experts use the best of technical benchmarks and international standards such as ISO 27001 to support ITU member states for determining areas for enhancement.

Cybersecurity Capacity Building

The cybersecurity capacity building can help constituencies to build institutional cybersecurity capabilities and to develop programmatic and effective culture solutions. Also, this service will raise awareness campaigns in the community, forums and at national level and providing cybersecurity training and development programs.

Incident Management

ITU-ARCC work team with their partners to assist and encourage ITU member states to establish its national CIRT (Computer Incident Response Team) with nationwide responsibility and to serve as a trusted, central coordination point of contact for cybersecurity. Besides, the computer incident response service is designed to assess governments and public sectors CIRTs capabilities to identify the gaps and propose roadmap to improve their CIRTs.