UAE plans big info security move
Dubai, December 23, 2013
Leading government, semi-government, education, and private establishments in the UAE laid the groundwork for the establishment of a formalised national Information Security Awareness (ISA) committee.
The initiative, spearheaded by regional IT security solutions and consultancy specialist Help AG and Computer Science and Information Security facility members at the HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s College (ADWC), is aimed at setting up a centralised body that will address security risks related to a lack of online security awareness in the UAE.
It also aims to develop standards, guidelines, and best practices for effective implementation of information security awareness programs and workshops across the country.
Mona Nasser Almansoori, principal Information Security Engineer, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, said: “Creating a committee that educates children, students, parents, employees and generally the people of our society, is a big responsibility that should be taken by all of us. It needs developing from all the organisations and the private companies in the UAE to create an unbeatable success.”
Last year, losses caused due to cyber crime in the UAE totalled $420 million, according to Symantec, a Help AG vendor partner.
Ali Alamadi, manager Strategic Consulting at Help AG stressed that awareness would be the key to effectively addressing this growing phenomenon.
“Getting the country's leading organisations involved will give us keen insight into what needs to be done to improve awareness. Our combined effort will help build a security-aware nation,” he said.
During the initial meeting, Help AG laid out the objectives of the ISA committee, highlighted the roles and responsibilities of members, and outlined the roadmap and timelines for the proposed initiatives and undertakings.
On the role of students in raising awareness, Alamadi said: “Involvement of the nation's youth is vital to the success of the ISA initiative and we intend to foster their development into the 'awareness champions' of the future.”
The committee will comprise four working groups – ISAC, ISAP, ISAL and ISAST, that will focus on information security awareness concerns for children and teenagers; parents; judges and legal institutions; and universities and colleges respectively, he added.
These four divisions will be governed and managed by the ISA Leadership committee which will facilitate interoperation between the workgroups and overlook the general administration of the programme. - TradeArabia News Service