Cyber and digital crimes are among the top new security challenges, Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said yesterday.

These emerging crimes are also an economic challenge as they threaten national national and e-platforms, he told a meeting of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunisia.

They are targeting children and youth. In addition to the emergence of different types of drones to attack vital interests, he said.

“I want to highlight that dealing with security threats isn’t limited to combating efforts and security responses but requires proactive procedures to face, prevent or limit these threats through the drafting of laws to tackle challenges and set firm technical regulations to control the use of electronic devices, in addition, to reinforce international consensus to maintain the security of societies.”

Within this context, the Interior Ministry has formed the Child Protection Cyberspace Unit to implement the National Cybersecurity Strategy related to children’s protection.

Tunisian President Kais Saied met the Arab ministers on the sidelines of their session and highlighted the importance of auch meetings in reinforcing regional security co-operation and joint Arab work.

He hoped for the session’s success.

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