DIEZ partners with Thales, DESC to host high-level session on cybersecurity

DIEZ partners with Thales, DESC to host high-level session on cybersecurity

Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), in collaboration with Thales, a global leader in cybersecurity technologies and data protection, and the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), part of Digital Dubai, hosted an awareness session on cybersecurity at Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ).

The session brought together professionals to discuss the way forward for achieving the highest levels of resilience and the utmost security protection against cyber threats to safeguard the digital ambitions of tomorrow.

This is in line with DIEZ’s continuous efforts to support the objectives of Dubai’s Cybersecurity Strategy, which focuses on providing integrated protection against the dangers of cyberspace and strengthening Dubai’s position as a world leader in innovation, safety, and security.

Transforming Dubai into smart city

DIEZ is committed to collaborating with major players in the public and private sectors to yield new opportunities across different industries to promote sustainable development and the move towards transforming Dubai into a smart city that can keep pace with the latest technologies and meet the growing needs of the local community and global businesses.

Amna Lootah, DAFZ Director-General, said,

“Our rapidly evolving world demands a more intentional and coordinated approach to cyber defence, thus DIEZ is committed to building strong partnerships with leading entities from the private sector to support and strengthen cybersecurity efforts, explore global best practices, promote joint development of innovative solutions, and effectively train our executives on key cybersecurity developments.

This aligns with our ambitions to build a modern, secure, and agile digital infrastructure that is geared to responding to evolving cyber threats and that empowers businesses to embrace digital transformation and supports them in becoming future-proof.”

World leader in innovation, cybersecurity

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, DESC Director-General, said,

“As the government entity tasked with spearheading the emirate’s efforts to protect its valuable data and advanced systems from cyber threats, the Dubai Electronic Security Centre is committed to embracing technological progress and smart transformation, and strives to position Dubai as a world leader in innovation and cybersecurity.”
“We are always searching for opportunities to raise awareness about cybersecurity and the best ways to achieve it, and with that in mind, we are delighted to be joining hands with the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones and other partners to share our insight with industry professionals and enable them to play their part in implementing the Dubai Cybersecurity Strategy,”

he added.

Badr Buhannad, Chief Corporate Support Officer of DIEZ, said,

“Cyber risk has become one of the most pressing issues faced by organisations as the scale, sophistication, and frequency of cyber-attacks continue to grow at an exponential rate. That is why we are proud to host this valuable session today, which outlined key actions to reduce risks and secure the benefits of a trusted cyberspace for organisations and individuals operating our free zones. At DIEZ, we are keen to prioritise cybersecurity initiatives and raise cybersecurity awareness to tackle threats in all vital sectors, as part of our efforts to ensure operational efficiency for businesses in our free zones.”

Evolving information security threats

Dr. Waël Kanoun, Director of Cyber Defence Solutions at Thales Middle East, said,

“Businesses and professional services have become increasingly digital, however, we rarely keep up with the evolving information security threats that we face. This is something that we absolutely must do, through both, advanced technologies and training.

While technology plays an important role in mitigating the risk, businesses are ultimately reliant on employees to use them appropriately and to avoid errors that undermine the security practices you have in place. Cyber security awareness and training is the most effective way of preparing employees and first line of defence for organisations. We are proud to have partnered with DIEZ and DESC to bring attention to this important topic.”

Offering unparalleled solutions for global companies, attractive incentives, digital connectivity, and holistic business support services, DIEZ is the perfect platform to take advantage of the high-growth opportunities available in Dubai, the Middle East region, and beyond.

As a supporter and enabler of three leading free zones in Dubai, namely, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Dubai CommerCity, DIEZ aims to enhance Dubai’s global reputation and competitiveness by providing cutting-edge capabilities, competitive smart solutions, and a wide global network to support the accelerated transition of businesses to a digital environment.

News Source: Emirates News Agency

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