Sun shines on Al Ain

Sun Microsystems has announced that its first centre of excellence in the region will focus on network security. The centre will be based at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) university’s College of Information Technology (CIT). The solution will roll-out out first at the Al Ain campus.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  June 26, 2004

Sun Microsystems has announced that its first centre of excellence in the region will focus on network security. The centre will be based at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) university’s College of Information Technology (CIT). The solution will roll-out out first at the Al Ain campus. CIT has chosen to focus the centre on network and information security to help meet the growing demand for security solutions in the region. “Information security is an area of vital importance to the information society, says HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. “The Sun Centre of Excellence will be a resource for the community at large and will help to produce better trained students that can address the needs of the country and the region in this important area,” he adds. Sun will provide its EduSoft range of software licence free to the university as part of the deal and has contributed approximately $105,000 as a hardware grant. The deal will also involve setting up a testing lab and training centre to tackle security issues. Topics will be decided closer to the expected opening of the centre in the third quarter of this year although the centre will be geared up to test and train on issues such as on identity management, intrusion detection and secure web services. It is envisaged that solutions developed at the centre will be applied to real world problems encountered by the region’s businesses and governmental organisations. “We anticipate that the Sun centre will foster a generation of network and information security experts,” says Dr Ali Alnoaimi, deputy vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the UAE University. “They in turn will contribute to the technological development of the region,” he explains.

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