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Pact to secure online data confidentiality in UAE

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to leverage the expertise of the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) in enhancing joint co-operation to protect cyber-users and maintain confidentiality of online information.

The MoU is part of joint efforts to strengthen the socio-economic growth of the UAE in general and Dubai in particular.

Under the MoU, EIAST will provide aeCERT with its information technology infrastructure data. In turn, aeCERT will accord the highest priority to the confidentiality of such data and provide EIAST with any threat or vulnerability alert data.

Ahmad Obaid Al Mansouri, EIAST director-general, and Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem, TRA director-general, signed the MoU on the sidelines of Gitex 2009, the premier information technology expo being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sights on knowledge-based economy

“The MoU comes in line with EIAST’s objective to position Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub and comply with the 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,” said Al Mansouri.

Al Ganem said: “This MoU is considered a means to ensure that the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology will acquire all the services to protect the confidentiality and security of information. The aeCERT team will provide EIAST with the analysis related to national and international cyberspace security threats, in addition to coordination, consultancy, and educational and awareness services related to cyberspace security.”

“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.”

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