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Dubai’s latest initiative to combat cybercrime



With companies around the world finding themselves victims of malicious cyberattacks, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a new online security initiative that aims to keep Dubai’s data safe.

The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy aims to provide integrated protection against the dangers of cyberspace, support for innovation in cyberspace as well as support the growth of the emirate and its economy.

The initiative has five main pillars: cyber smart nation, innovation, cyber security, cyber resilience and national and international collaboration.

Cyber smart nation will focus on raising awareness on the importance of cyber security. It will ensure residents are aware of the dangers associated with cybercrime and it will also focus on developing the skills required to manage security risks in both government and private institutions in Dubai.

All aspects of innovation and scientific research within the field of electronic security will fall under the innovation domain. Whereas all fields relating to security such as confidentiality, credibility, availability and privacy of data will be managed by the strategy’s cyber security domain.

Cyber resilience will focus on maintaining the flexibility of cyberspace. It will also ensure that IT systems are available in the event of a cyberattack and it will also focus on providing a platform for exchanging information. While the local and international collaboration domain aims to do just that – promote local and international teamwork with regards to cyber safety.

Speaking on the initiative, Sheikh Mohammed revealed that the need for cybersecurity is now greater than ever and that more people than ever are now at risk of cybercrime.

“We have set ourselves firmly on a path of excellence and creativity in the UAE, and today with the launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy we are adding a new achievement to the list of the government’s many accomplishments,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“This proves to the world that the more challenges we face, the more determined we are to achieve the highest excellence.”

Aside from launch the initiative, the 67-year-old Dubai ruler urged for members of the government and private sector to work together to make Dubai the safest digital space in the world.

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