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Dubai Digital Certificates to secure government processes

Initiative from Smart Dubai Office and DESC to create certification scheme for government

Dubai Digital Certificates to secure government processes
The MoU between Smart Dubai Office and DESC was signed in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed.

A new program to implement digital certification for government and semi-government entities has been launched in Dubai.

The Dubai Digital Certificates initiative, was officially launched with the signing of an MoU between Smart Dubai Office and Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC). The agreement was signed in the presence of by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the program, Dubai Government and semi-government entities in Dubai will be authorised to issue reliable digital certificates, allowing them to exchange information securely through their digital services, as well as other applications. Digital certificates will be used to establish and verify identity, authenticate transactions and improve cybersecurity. The Certificates facilitate many other functions, including file encryption and securing communication channels for data exchange.

In the agreement, Smart Dubai and DESC pledge to collaborate and exchange administrative and technical know-how, in addition to harmonising their efforts to achieve Smart Dubai's goals and objectives, and to outline common ICT-based smart policies, strategies and initiatives.

The MoU outlines procedures to exchange information that is of common interest to joint projects - throughout the planning, implementation and follow-up stages - as well as to regulate the use and reuse of published information, such as cybersecurity standards and smart-tech expertise covering Blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data and other cutting-edge technologies.

In addition, the two parties are set to cooperate on joint government projects, including the development and implementation of nationwide security standards, security audits of electronic service systems and the development of security policies and strategies.

Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), said: "The landmark Dubai Digital Wealth initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, marks the beginning of a new and historic phase in Smart Dubai's mission. This agreement we've signed today is fundamental to implementing HH's directives to make the Dubai Digital Certificates a foremost tool in maintaining data security and digital wealth in the emirate, which, in turn, is one of the most important tenets of Smart Dubai's strategic plans to spearhead the emirate's smart transformation.

"The seamless and secure flow of information is the bedrock on which all smart-tech strategies are based," Dr Aisha said. "Smart Dubai's approach to transforming the emirate into the happiest and smartest city in the world calls for all its government and public-sector partners to cooperate and aim for the highest standards of quality and transparency. This partnership with the Dubai Electronic Security Center amplifies our cybersecurity efforts and allows us to better identify and address challenges, as well as propose solutions."

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of DESC, said: "Our close cooperation with Smart Dubai provides us with the support we need to fend off cyber-threats and make Dubai the smartest and most secure city from a digital standpoint. Exchanging knowledge and expertise is essential for joint projects, as it enables the participating entities to secure their systems and remain in line with the highest international standards, as well as Dubai's cyber-security requirements."

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