Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), received the TRUST Cyber Security Award at the inaugural of the TRUST Forum for Information Security 2018 alongside1 5 government agencies who demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding IT infrastructure.
The Minister of Interior, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, presented the award to Chief Executive Officer of BAC, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Officer’s Club.
The forum, which was organized for the first time by the General Directorate of Information Security and Radio Communications, provided a platform for government agencies to discuss a variety of topics centered on the requirements and challenges associated with the safeguarding of IT infrastructure.
BAC received the award for successfully completing Level 1 of the Information & e-Government Authority (IGA) Cyber Trust Program (CTP), which aims to enhance the information security culture and practices of government agencies in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The program requirements include process implementation, self-assessment and an audit by IGA to ensure compliance.
“On behalf of BAC, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Minister of Interior for this honor and to the IGA for its support and guidance in establishing a strong technical framework which meets international cyber security standards,” Al Binfalah said.
“Whilst it is not compulsory for private companies to enroll in the CTP, BAC has chosen to do so as part of its proactive approach to enhance information security and is committed to improving its standards in line with international best practice,” he added.
“Cyber security is a key component for all airports and the Airport Modernization Program’s (AMP) ongoing digitization strategy is of top priority. The strategy will incorporate a master integration model, new interfaces to existing applications, revamped networks and data centers, cloud-based solutions, a site test facility and increased information security. These investments in the BIA ICT platform will help transform it into a smart, modern and sustainable airport in support of our partners operations in line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030,” Al Binfalah concluded.