Brigadier Hussein Ahmad Al Harthi
UAE firm seals cyber-security deal with TRA
Abu Dhabi, October 17, 2012
Saaed for Traffic Systems, a UAE-based private firm involved in traffic systems accident management, has signed an ambitious MoU with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) for greater cyber-security and help get rapid response to data threats.
The agreement was signed through TRA's cyber-security initiative, the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) during GITEX Technology Week 2012.
Under the specifications of the memorandum, TRA (aeCERT) will assist Saaed in five key areas related to cyber-security: consultancy & education; advisory services; monitoring & response; research & analysis and security quality.
The aeCERT will function as the advisory body to advise on all processes related to educating Saaed’s ICT personnel, liaising with national and international CERT organizations, issuing alerts on possible vulnerable areas, researching new technologies and measuring the quality of Saaed’s information system.
"Cyber-security is an issue which the TRA takes extremely seriously, so we applaud the stance taken by Saaed to safeguard their clients’ electronic records," said TRA deputy director general Majed Al Mesmar after signing the agreement with Saaed CEO Ibrahim Youssef Ramel in the presence of Brigadier Hussein Ahmad Al Harthi, the director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police and chairman of Saaed board of directors.
"We pursue international best practice in all our endeavors, and this is underlined by the fact that we have helped the UAE achieve the best ranking regionally and fourth best ranking globally for cyber-security," stated Al Mesmar.
"Hence the TRA will take all the necessary steps through our aeCERT initiative to facilitate a vigilant ICT infrastructure for the betterment of our nation’s cyberspace," he added.
Brigadier Hussein said: “As a police force, we value security - whether it is electronic, physical or otherwise. It is therefore gratifying to note that this partnership with the TRA (aeCERT) will aid Saaed in the prevention, detection and rapid response to cyber security threats, and transform its electronic infrastructure into an ironclad fortress.”
Commenting on the agreement, Ramel said, "Saaed has built a reputation for rapid response to traffic accidents, so we are delighted to have a partner to advise us in cyber-security breaches and troubleshooting."
"Therefore this collaboration will help preventing us from any security threats, thereby keeping our clients’ information completely safe and confidential," he added.-TradeArabia News Service