TRA launches UAE's National Cybersecurity Strategy

Strategy will help secure the UAE as it moves into connected smart city future, says DG

The strategy will include tougher cybersecurity laws, support and standards for SMEs, and certification for government suppliers, Al Mansoori said.
The strategy will include tougher cybersecurity laws, support and standards for SMEs, and certification for government suppliers, Al Mansoori said.

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched the National Cybersecurity Strategy.

The strategy will deliver 60 initiatives across five pillars, including tougher cybersecurity laws, support and standards for SMEs, and certification for government suppliers.

HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said that the new strategy will support the UAE as it moves towards smart cities in future.

“If we want to draw a future perception of the UAE, years from now, we would see the features of the smart city where millions of devices and platforms are connected, producing massive amounts of data, many of which will be at risk of piracy or privacy violation,” Al Mansoori said.

“The cybersecurity strategy is based on a well-known reality, that cyberspace provides vast horizons and endless opportunities for well-being, happiness and sustainable development. However, it also provides a gateway for hackers and phishers. It is obvious that the battle between the two sides is a battle of knowledge and technology, a battle of intelligence, perseverance and patience. Yet, in essence, it is a manifestation of the eternal conflict between good and evil.”

The TRA added that the new certification will improve citizen’s confidence and digital participation, and will also encourage growth of the cybersecurity economy.

A national cybersecurity awards program will also be launched by the TRA as part of the strategy.

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