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Khalifa University and Raytheon partner for cybersecurity

Workshop held to teach students cyber defence skills

Khalifa University and Raytheon partner for cybersecurity
The partnership between Khalifa University and Raytheon includes a workshop run by University of Texas-San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS).

Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, and defence solutions provider Raytheon have formed a partnership to boost cyber security skills among students in the UAE.

As part of the partnership, which comes under Raytheon's global ‘Cyber Academy' initiative, the two are holding a cyber security workshop from 22nd-25th February. The workshop teaches students cybersecurity methods, and includes an exercise in protecting network security infrastructure.

"Raytheon has a special relationship with the UAE and this partnership further represents our shared interests in global security," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We are excited to share Raytheon's 30 years of cybersecurity expertise and essentially merge these competencies with the advanced research and innovation at Khalifa University as we partner to help build cybersecurity knowledge and skills in the Emirates."

Dr. Mohammed Al Mualla, Senior Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies at Khalifa University added: "It is very important for the UAE to continue to develop its cybersecurity infrastructure and talent. Cyber threats have no borders and, as a nation, we must have the capabilities to defend ourselves from threats in the cyber domain. This workshop marks the start of a new push to nurture and expand these skills. Khalifa University is very happy to welcome Raytheon's expertise to our efforts and we look forward to cooperating on many initiatives in the future."

The workshop is being conducted by another Raytheon academic partner, the the University of Texas-San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), one of the leading cybersecurity education programs in the US. The hacking competition is being conducted by students from CIAS, to teach teams how to protect critical infrastructure.

"Teaching cybersecurity is challenging, because it's a moving target," said CIAS director Dwayne Williams. "There's not one institution that has the complete curriculum on cybersecurity. Technology and the methods of attack change so quickly. Skills needed 10 years ago are obsolete today.

"We're always playing catchup with the bad guys, so universities need to evolve constantly to keep up," Williams added. "Khalifa University is a great partner in this effort because it is one of the leaders of cybersecurity training in the Middle East," Williams said.

Chris Davis, Raytheon's business executive in the UAE, said the company's partnership with Khalifa University creates the perfect blend of expertise to address the global cybersecurity challenge. "Through working directly with the university, together we can build a program to educate the next generation of cyber experts and, with that new talent, I'm confident we will help develop the cyber skills needed for continued security in the Emirates."

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