DarkMatter secures global business
DarkMatter is proving that a UAE-based company can compete at a global level
Cybersecurity specialist DarkMatter is proving that a UAE-based company can compete at a global level, with its presence at GITEX Technology Week.
The company, which was only formed three years ago, has attracted global attention with its highly secure ‘Katim' mobile phone, says CEO Faisal Al Bannai, and is now looking to stake its claim to a global market.
DarkMatter now has 600 staff from around the globe, with offices in the UAE, Canada, Finland and China. Al Bannai explains that the quality and expertise of its solutions and services are growing DarkMatter's business in the region and in international markets.
"When we grow globally, we stand purely on what we do - we are a trusted player in the UAE as a part of the ecosystem, but the company is set up to be a global player," he says. "We are developing our own IP here and solutions here, and I am extremely confident that our products can match any others globally."
The Katim phone is intended to provide a highly secure mobile communications solution, including the handset and cloud-based Cyber Command Center management system. The phone is intended to provide complete security for very high level VIP users such as heads of state and corporate leaders.
A working prototype of the Katim phone is on show at GITEX, and the company expects to begin shipping by Q1 next year, Al Bannai says, with the first production batch already sold.
Also on show is the company's testing and validation labs, Zenith Labs, which offering high level testing for hardware, software, and other cybersecurity aspects.
"We are testing products for security, backdoors, and other vulnerabilities, and we go extremely deep - we can go all the way down to the silicon level," says Al Bannai. "It is the most advanced lab in the region in this regard for this type of testing."
DarkMatter's business approach, which includes launching solutions for big data analytics, consulting and solutions, reflects the need for a holistic approach to security, Al Bannai says: "One thing that I think that we all realise is that trying to address security with small solutions, and scattered decisions, doesn't work. Unless you approach security holistically, you are not going to be secure. That is why our model is to be a cybersecurity company which is focused on approaching security holistically."