TRA signs cyber security pact with Microsoft

TRA plans to bolster ICT security through initiative

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TRA signs cyber security pact with Microsoft Our goal is to build a secure and safe cyber culture in the UAE, says Mohammed Al Nasser Al Ghanim, director of TRA. (Val Handumon/ITP Images)
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  August 19, 2010

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed an agreement with Microsoft Gulf's Security Cooperation Program (SCP) to jointly promote the security of information systems and networks in the country.

The TRA signed the deal through aeCERT, its initiative to improve ICT security in the UAE.

The SCP is a no-fee program that helps companies and individuals to improve their ICT security by promoting "cooperative projects" and information sharing to help organisations reduce incidents of security breaches and minimise the impact of attacks.

H.E. Mohammed Al Nasser Al Ghanim, director of TRA, said: "The SCP is aligned with our goal to build a secure and safe cyber culture in the UAE. We value such initiatives and are glad to partner with Microsoft, which will help us build a sustainable and secure environment for all ICT users in the emirate. The SCP will allow us to better address and raise awareness about cyber security for individuals and businesses in the emirate."

Charbel Fakhoury, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf, said: "National security is imperative and government bodies must place security at the forefront of their information technology requirements."

As part of the agreement, aeCERT and Microsoft will also be working together to exchange information including ICT vulnerabilities, security updates, and security incident metrics.

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