Thales to open cyber security hub in the UAE

Centre will help customers to protect their organisations from growing cyber threats

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Thales to open cyber security hub in the UAE Thales will establish a cyber security centre for the Middle East.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 12, 2018

Thales has announced the launch of a cybersecurity hub which will service the UAE and wider Middle East.

The new hub will support customers and partners with best practice and consulting on cybersecurity.

The centre is being established as businesses in the region embrace digitisation across the entire value chain, increasing their potential vulnerability and the attack surface. Thales says that organisations must take a more proactive and robust approach to secure critical data and futureproof businesses for success, and the centre will support that mission.

The hub will also partner with local start-ups and leading academics, to share best practices for customers and businesses in the region. Together, they will offer complementary capabilities to offer customers legal and technical audits and consultancy services as part of a comprehensive set of services.

The Cyber Hub will harness Thales's local expertise and use established world-class methodologies as well as training, simulation and threat intelligence.

"GCC countries, and in particular the UAE, are at the heart of digital transformation. As the value chain becomes increasingly digitised, the risk of cyberattacks is also on the rise. The stakes are high and cybersecurity is the critical component in the equation; it must be built into applications to protect businesses and critical infrastructure from the very beginning of the process. Through our Cyber Hub, we will work with our customers to bolster their organisations against vulnerabilities and deliver world-class digital transformation safely and securely," said Pascale Sourisse, Senior Executive Vice-President, International Development, Thales.

Thales has invested over €1 billion over the past three years in key digital technologies, including IoT, big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. These competencies will be brought to bear at the Dubai Cyber Hub, where the group's expertise in safety and security critical markets, will be leveraged against Thales's region-specific expertise and footprint. The strategy aims at helping customers in the region deliver successful business and digital transformation, both safely and securely.

Through a consultancy-led approach, the Cyber Hub will utilise established methodologies developed by the group, including, cyber health checks, cyber vulnerability investigations, industrial control and SCADA specific risk assessment, as well as cyber training and simulation and threat intelligence. These methodologies, will be leveraged with the products and services from Thales's diverse portfolio, and tailored to local needs by using local expertise, with the ultimate aim of enabling local businesses to adopt a more agile and proactive response to customer needs.

The Hub will seek to improve customers' competitive advantage by providing them more robust cyber security protocols, and develop opportunities to upskill and build strategic partnerships with other established cyber businesses across the Middle East. Thales will also build partnerships with SME's, startups, and leading academics in the cybersecurity field.

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