Dubai Municipality officially endorses the 10th Cyber Defence Summit

Dubai Municipality officially endorses the 10th Cyber Defence Summit

Innovation and technology have become key enablers of economic growth for any nation in today’s world. The United Arab Emirates knows this very well and is at the forefront of innovation. Particularly, powered by digital transformation, Dubai is well positioned to be the smartest, safest and happiest city in the world.

However, with the sudden rise in cyber threats across the globe and in the region, addressing cyber security and ensuring adequate safety measures have become imperative to the government. The government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure residents and businesses in the UAE do not suffer from cyber-attacks by raising awareness, implementing strategies and fostering collaboration between regional and international partners.

As part of the mission to achieve the axes of UAE’s national agenda to transform UAE into a cyber-smart society, Dubai Municipality is officially endorsing the 10th Cyber Defence Summit, organised by business facilitator Naseba. Taking place on September 20th in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the summit is a private platform for up to 120 cyber security decision makers from the UAE to address and find practical solutions for ever-growing cyber-threats.

The summit is being held under the theme ‘Catalyzing change for a cyber smart society’ and will feature keynote addresses from industry thought leaders, as well as pre-scheduled business meetings between leading cyber security solution providers and decision makers seeking solutions to protect their organisations.

Ahmed Kajoor, the IT Director of Dubai Municipality said, “collaboration between public and private organisations is crucial to address and mitigate cyber threats and attacks. Endorsing the 10th Cyber Defence Summit is one of our many steps towards enabling the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make Dubai the safest electronic city in the world and the UAE a cyber-safe nation. ”

Ahmed Kajoor also noted: “part of the Dubai Smart City initiative is to lead in all fields of technology and way of living. Dubai Municipality is managing several city infrastructures, planning, municipal development and a lot of e-correlated systems that facilitate the quality of living in Dubai. It is our obligation to keep our city virtualization and digitalisation safe as nowadays Cyber security is not just about systems (hardware and software), it is more about “people, processes, and procedures” where failure is not an option”

“With our growing reliance on information and communication technology, protection of critical infrastructure systems and sensitive information has become more crucial than ever. Through the 10th Cyber Defence Summit, we will reiterate that cyber security is a national and global priority, and help bridge the industry with the government’s cyber security vision”, said Ahmad Al Emadi, the Chief Information Security Officer of Dubai Municipality.

Naseba’s Production Director Naveen Bharadwaj said, “Since 2011, we have been collaborating with different countries and governments across the region to address their cyber security challenges and help find tangible, practical and measurable solutions. Endorsement of the government of Dubai for the upcoming summit underlines the fact that the UAE and Dubai are not just embracing the latest technologies and innovations, but are also putting sufficient security measures in place, to ensure continuity.”

Some of the cyber security experts speaking at the summit include Sultan Al-Owais, Information and Cyber Security Director of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; Meshal Abdulla Bin Hussain, VP – Information Security, Dubai Holding; Dr. Bushra AlBlooshi, Manager – Research & Innovation, Dubai Electronic Security Center; Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi, Director – Center for Cyber Security, New York University – Abu Dhabi; Eng. Nasser Al-Blooshi, CISO, Dubai Health Authority, just to name a few.

The 10th Cyber Defence Summit will take place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on September 20, 2017. Over 120 cyber security decision makers from various public and private enterprises from across the UAE will meet privately.