Etisalat Academy gears up for security show

Etisalat Academy is gearing up for the upcoming Middle East IT Security Conference (MEITSEC) by highlighting various threats to regional businesses’ IT and telecoms systems at Gitex this year.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 6, 2004

Etisalat Academy is gearing up for the upcoming Middle East IT Security Conference (MEITSEC) by highlighting various threats to regional businesses’ IT and telecoms systems at Gitex this year. The academy is showcasing its iPrint identification tool at Etisalat’s stand and providing demonstrations of the latest techniques that hackers are using to compromise networks and databases — to alter information such as exam results and medical records, for example. In its sixth year at the show, the institution has also opened a forensics lab to demonstrate security software and hardware solutions, and has set up a challenge which allows companies’ IT staff to pit their wits against technical foes. “We have hackers trying to get into a make-shift company’s network while security managers are trying to establish their own measures to protect it,” explains Dr. Doaa Fares, general manager, Etisalat Academy. MEITSEC, which will take place in Dubai during December and bring end-users together with leading manufacturers of security solutions, forms a major part of the Academy’s effort to place itself at the forefront of threat prevention initiatives in the Middle East. Several international, regional and local IT companies will take part in the three-day conference including Cisco Systems, Symantec, Internet Security Systems, Mcafee International, Computer Associates and the European Consortium for IT Security Professionals. The academy also plans to run several interactive demonstrations and presentations at the conference. A special session will be dedicated to a virtual competition between two groups, the white hat and black hat, and a number of workshops will take place. “MEITSEC is no longer an event where people only come to listen — it’s now full of activities,” says Dr. Fares. Etisalat Academy has been cooperating with international bodies to run courses that keep industry professionals abreast of the latest threats, and has been offering training programmes as part of its role as a regional representative of the International Institution of Professional Level Documentation. The Academy has also launched a two-year professional Diploma, created in the UK, to raise the level of knowledge among graduates. Meanwhile, Etisalat’s mobile service division has also focused heavily on security applications at the exhibition. It has been demonstrating general packet radio service (GPRS) based wireless ATMs for banks and a solution that allows the police to use handheld units to access their traffic and vehicle databases and query licence or car registration numbers. Stand E7-1, www.eacademy.co.ae

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