We are on a mission to defend the nation: Rabih Dabboussi

New VP at DarkMatter reflects on new role in security

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We are on a mission to defend the nation: Rabih Dabboussi Dabboussi says security standards today have been developed for IT, not digital era.
By  David Ndichu Published  May 22, 2016

One of the more recognisable faces in UAE’s IT sector embarks on a new, if immediate, role of as VP at cyber security firm DarkMatter.

Ex-Cisco veteran Rabih Dabboussi was recently appointed senior VP of Sales, Marketing & Business Development at DarkMatter.

The cyber security firm has emerged as a key partner for the UAE government, tasked with multiple projects of critical importance to the nation. This includes laying the groundwork for a national Public Key Infrastrcture (PKI) roll out, a first for the country.

To drive its ambitious agenda, a team of global experts in areas of Cyber Defence cryptography, PKIs, governance & compliance have joined DarkMatter’s growing ranks.

Dabboussi himself has a long and distinguished career at Cisco, rising through the firm to lead its operations in the UAE.

Further, DarkMatter is investing significantly in R&D, undertaken here in the UAE, and supported by an R&D centre in Toronto, Canada.

This rare combination of top talent, government trust and investment in R&D is setting the company on a different path in the region.

“If you put these three differentiators together, you get to an intersection point that is absolutely unique to DarkMatter,” says Dabboussi.

Dabboussi says the security standards in existence today have been developed for IT. This is clearly inadequate in safeguarding the era of digitisation we are entering.

“We are here on a mission to secure the nation and because there’s no standard way of doing it, we require leading thought leaders to define what that model is,” Dabboussi asserts.

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