UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude this week met with senior Qatar officials to discuss, amongst other things, cyber-security at the FIFA 2022 World Cup, which is to be held in the country.
“I chaired the cabinet committee in Britain on the 2012 Olympics and cyber-security was a big concern,” Maude told the Gulf Times.
“We want to work very closely with the Qatar government in preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The lessons of how and what we did and all of that, we are very keen to share it with our friends.”
He added that Qatar and the UK have “a huge amount of common ground”, something evidenced by the countries' security pact which sees the security agencies share intelligence on threats.
As a follow-up from the meeting, a senior Qatar official was due to meet with cyber-security experts in London this week in order to map out a “digital defence” preparations for the World Cup, which is due to be held in December 2022.