QCB Launches “Stay Aware” Campaign to Raise Information Security Awareness

Doha, July 07 (QNA) – Qatar Central Bank (QCB), in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Interior, the National Cyber Security Agency and Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, launched a large-scale national campaign to raise awareness of information security under the slogan “Stay Aware”.

QCB said that the launch of the campaign comes in line with Qatar’s efforts to enhance awareness of cybersecurity risks and its vision towards building a cyber-secure society that is aware enough to face future challenges that accompany the accelerating technological revolution.

The campaign aims to spread awareness among the public on the dangers of financial fraud, highlighting cyber threats that may arise in light of the rapid technological and digital development. The campaign also aims to provide people with practical strategies to avoid falling victim to such threats.

The campaign emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity, focusing on three main threats. First, phishing, in which scammers impersonate known entities to obtain important personal information from victims via email or text messages. Second, alerting to the threat of receiving fraudulent calls, and third, highlighting the importance of data privacy while directing individuals to be extremely careful when sharing their personal information.

As a continuation of the ongoing efforts in this regard, Qatar Central Bank and its partners in this campaign look forward to reaffirming cyber threats, providing the public with the basic information they need to protect themselves and their money, and educating them not to share their personal data on social media to reduce cybercrimes. In the field of information security, the awareness aspect is no less important than developing a secure operational system that adopts the latest advanced technological innovations, especially since any deficiency in one component of it represents a threat to the entire system.

By highlighting the general risks that are constantly emerging in the digital landscape, the campaign identifies the main channels of cyber fraud, such as phone calls, social media, emails, SMS messages and links.

Qatar Central Bank, along its partners in this campaign, emphasize the vital role of the ongoing awareness efforts in building a safer electronic society capable of avoiding these threats.

The rapid development of technology led to evolving cyber threats, which in turn requires ongoing educational efforts, increasing individuals’ awareness, and enhancing cyber security levels and procedures. From this standpoint, Qatar Central Bank and the campaign’s partners aim to empower and protect individuals and institutions, establish a culture of electronic vigilance, and protect citizens from cyber threats that take constantly changing forms and images. (QNA)