The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the launch of the UAE National Cybersecurity Strategy.
The new strategy aims to create safe and resilient cyber infrastructure in the UAE that enables citizens to fulfil their aspirations and empowers businesses to thrive.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA director-general, said the UAE is rapidly advancing its artificial intelligence, big data, and fourth industrial revolution tracks, driven by the strong momentum generated by a history of leadership and major achievements.
In comments published by state news agency WAM, he emphasised on the need for a national cybersecurity strategy as a main element in risk prevention and preparedness for security challenges in cyber space.
“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,” he said.
He added: “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 launch comes as the number of reported data security breaches increased by 42 percent, while the annual cost of cybercrime reached $608 billion globally between 2014 and 2017.
The UAE National Cybersecurity Strategy aims to deliver 60 initiatives across five pillars, including enhancing cyber security laws and regulations, securing existing and emerging technologies and supporting the protection of SMEs.
It will also work on developing capabilities of over 40,000 professionals by encouraging students to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
The strategy will also reward excellence in cybersecurity through a national awards programme.