Dubai cybersecurity centre to grow Emirati workforce
The Dubai Electronics Security Centre aims to tackle cybersecurity issues in the region
The Dubai Electronics Security Centre (DESC) has revealed it aims to expand its Emirati-only workforce by 50% this year, according to Bloomberg.
To achieve its expansion plans, DESC will hire 30 more people to its workforce reaching 90 people in total.
Amer Sharaf, director of compliance support and alliances at DESC, said: "We want to look for UAE nationals because we believe in the national resource.
Foreigners will only work in a consultant capacity, he added. "It's 100% UAE nationals. We are proud of that and want to keep it like that."
Despite this, Sharaf stressed that there is a skill-set shortage and finding the right workforce may be difficult. "There is kind of a shortage. Graduates are coming, but they don't have hands-on experience," he added.
To tackle this the centre is working with universities and Dubai's Knowledge Park and Human Development Authority to put together a curriculum on cybersecurity concepts.
DESC aims to launch a cybersecurity strategy for Dubai this month and continues to research technologies which lack regulation, including cloud computing, autonomous vehicles and Blockchain.