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Bahrain regulates critical telecoms infrastructure

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a resolution on a regulation on critical telecoms infrastructure risk management. TRA conducted a preliminary study in 2015 where it assessed the security risks posed on critical telecoms infrastructure (CTI) in Bahrain. “This is a major step forward for Bahrain as no such legislation existed previously in the Kingdom, or even the region,” says TRA’s director of cybersecurity, Khalid bin Duaij Al Khalifa. “With this regulatory measure, we can evaluate and determine how key telecoms infrastructure measures up against international cybersecurity best practices and address any gaps, in addition to ensuring that service providers of public telecoms networks take reasonable steps to mitigate the rising cyber risks associated with the use of telecoms devices and services.” TRA intends to work with licensees to make certain infrastructure is safeguarded and that business continuity and disaster recovery plans are put into place. It also aims to impose a minimum set of obligations on key telecoms infrastructure owners and service providers. TRA will also establish procedures for reporting data breaches to the authority. This regulation will assist in the implementation of the Fourth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4). Read more

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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