DarkMatter CEO confirmed speaker at .GOV Awards

The .Gov Dubai & Northern Emirates Awards 2016 will be held at Conrad Hotel on 18 May

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DarkMatter CEO confirmed speaker at .GOV Awards DarkMatter’s Faisal Al Bannai: “Given the central role played by digitisation in delivering prosperity to modern societies, safeguarding this infrastructure and the data transmitted over it is one of the single most important undertakings of our time.”
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 15, 2016

DarkMatter's CEO Faisal Al Bannai will address the requirement to add resilience to digital infrastructure in order for Dubai to achieve the ambition of becoming the smartest city in the world by 2017.

During his feature speech at the .GOV Awards on 18 May, Bannai will emphasise the absolute necessity for robust cyber security defences in order to permit the normal functioning and ultimate prosperity of nations, businesses and individuals.

Bannai commented: "If information and data is the life-blood of modern, digitised societies, then government agencies and digital network infrastructure providers are its physicians and pharmacists. That is to say, we are very much the custodians of whether digitisation may be used to uplift the quality of life for all stakeholders, or alternatively witness it resulting in a calamitous system failure that threatens our way of life."

Faisal Al Bannai added: "Given the central role played by digitisation in delivering prosperity to modern societies, safeguarding this infrastructure and the data transmitted over it is one of the single most important undertakings of our time. An end-to-end, perpetual, pro-active, and informed approach to cyber security is imperative, and I am in no doubt that the key differentiator between cities and nations that succeed in the future compared to those that do not will be their level of cyber security resilience."

According to Juniper Research, from 2013 to 2015 cyber-crime costs quadrupled, and it is predicted there will be another quadrupling from 2015 to 2019. Last year the research company predicted that the rapid digitisation of consumers' lives and enterprise records will increase the cost of data breaches to US$2.1 trillion globally by 2019, increasing to almost four times the estimated cost of breaches in 2015.

The UAE has received global recognition for having cities that are amongst the ‘smartest' in the world, and Dubai is seeking to become the smartest city on the planet by next year. What lies at the heart of this massive effort is the attainment of happiness for the country's citizens, residents and visitors and the role of the government in converting aspirations into actuality cannot be overstated. Digitisation is a key enabler in achieving this goal and needs to be made resilient to cyber-attack.

The awards are designed to recognise best practice in smart government and the .Gov publication aims to provide its readers with both the inspiration and information they require to realise governments' vision of creating an e-society.

The .Gov Dubai & Northern Emirates Awards 2016 will be held at Conrad Hotel, Dubai on Wednesday 18 May.

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