ADSIC and Cisco hold workshop on cybersecurity

Workshop discusses latest threats and best practice in security

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ADSIC and Cisco hold workshop on cybersecurity The workshop sessions briefed Abu Dhabi government IT security personnel on cybersecurity trends.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 22, 2017

Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) has held a security workshop with Cisco to brief Abu Dhabi government departments on the latest security innovations.

Cisco presented insights into industry trends, the latest security threats and best practices. Cisco's security experts also shared their experience on holistic, integrated approaches to security.

The workshop is part of ongoing collaboration between Cisco and ADSIC to address growing demand for technology and networking skills and develop digital capabilities across government entities. Cisco and ADSIC have also been working to expand the Cisco Networking Academy Program throughout the Abu Dhabi Educational system. Cisco's Networking Academy Program enables UAE graduates to pursue successful ICT careers in a wide range of industries and also enables others to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge they acquired in Networking Academy to start their own businesses and create new jobs.

The initiative has helped ADSIC achieve its goal of developing ICT education opportunities throughout Abu Dhabi, in line with the UAE National Career Development Plan, wherein the government is committed to investing in educational programs that will provide career development, access to world-class facilities and training for citizens throughout the Emirate.

HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, director general of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) said: "Cybersecurity has become a critical issue for governments and organisations across all sectors, from transport and healthcare to critical infrastructure and utilities. With fast-paced changes impacting how government organisations engage with citizens, businesses, and each other, public-private partnerships are able to advance the cybersecurity agenda by facilitating information sharing and elevating security operations, standards and processes. This workshop is part of our long-standing relationship with Cisco aimed at leveraging best practices and building digital capabilities and trust."

"We are extremely proud of our association with ADSIC and support their efforts to highlight the importance of security, and the most effective strategies to prevent, detect, and mitigate threats," said Shukri Eid, managing director - East Region, Cisco Middle East. "Cloud, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT) and social media technologies, combined with growing digital business practices, have helped countless organizations transform how they operate, but they have also increased the attack surface. As ICT systems are extended and merged, there is growing fear that sensitive data that is collected and held by public entities will be vulnerable to criminal hackers or other types of unauthorised disclosure. Public sector organisations and service providers are especially vulnerable because their operations are tied so closely to the public's trust. Security must be integrated into the very fabric of an organisation, and it takes a security-conscious approach to ensure that every level of cyber protection is met."

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