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TRA forges deal to boost security

The UAE is set to benefit from greater ICT security after the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST)

The UAE is set to benefit from greater ICT security after the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST). The deal will allow the TRA to leverage the expertise of the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) to help protect cyber-users and maintain confidentiality of online information.

Under the terms of the MOU, EIAST provides aeCERT with its information technology infrastructure data, while aeCERT will accord the highest priority to the confidentiality of such data and provide EIAST with any data relating to threats or vulnerability.

aeCERT will also provide EIAST with guidance, education and awareness services as well as counseling, monitoring and response, research and analysis services.

Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, EIAST, and Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, signed the MoU on the sidelines of GITEX 2009.

"The MoU comes in line with EIAST's objective to position Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub and complies with Dubai government's strategic plan to build a knowledge-based economy. The vast experience of the aeCERT team complements EIAST's aspirations to provide its stakeholders with high quality services," Al Mansoori says.

Al Ghanim adds: "Organisations must protect their information security, which aeCERT assures through the signing of this MoU to improve the security aspects of EIAST's IT infrastructure. This MoU is a main task in implementing TRA's strategy to ensure a safe cyberspace in the UAE."

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