TRA, DFSA join forces to promote online security

The partnership will address risks and provide guidance to protect systems from cyberspace threats

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TRA, DFSA join forces to promote online security The partnership will provide companies with measures to avert all forms of attacks in cyberspace
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 7, 2016

The Telecommunications Authority's (TRA) Computer Emergency Readiness team (aeCERT) and the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) have signed an agreement to jointly encourage information security.

The partnership will provide companies with measures to avert all forms of attacks in cyberspace. TRA will provide guidance, education and awareness about online threats, apart from assisting DFSA in protecting their information systems against intrusion, as well as consultation and coordination with all relevant authorities. aeCERT will be responsible for the research and risk analysis, in addition to assessing the level of information security in DFSA.

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general at TRA, said: "In the era of smart cities and free flow of information across the digital space, safety becomes of utmost concern for many people. The UAE has entered into this era with full understanding of its prospects and challenges and armed with determination to increase the benefits and limit the challenges and risks.

"We should unify the efforts to achieve this target, with all concerned. We thank the DFSA staff for their work and efforts to achieve this agreement to promote the collaboration between the two parties and for TRA to be able to provide full support through aeCERT in the form of technical assistance and providing protection and cyber-security against virus attacks and intrusion attempts. We hope to ensure a safe e-environment where data flow is protected and secured against any risks from cyberspace."

H.E. Al Mansoori added: "aeCERT is fully aware and responsible to ensure the safety of the country's virtual borders. The team works to address and prevent all risks and threats, in line with the TRA's mandate to provide the highest form of protection and safety for all government entities and thereby enable them to meet the country's strategic goal of promoting e-lifestyle."

Mr Waleed Saeed Al Awadhi, chief operating officer of the DFSA said: "This step comes in line with the UAE's Government continuous efforts to raise awareness in the field of cyber security; furthermore the DFSA is very keen to collaborate with prominent federal authorities such as the TRA in the field of cutting edge cyber-security and to be part of the UAEs success by ensuring a sustainable and safe electronic environment in the financial services sector."

The aeCERT was established as a national team by Decree 5/89 of 2008 issued by the Ministerial Council for Services. Its goal is to improve the standards and practices of information security, and protect IT infrastructures from risks and violations, in conformity with the TRA's strategy and goal to ensure a safer cyberspace, both for UAE Nationals and residents.

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