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DP World signs MoU to defend against cyber attack

MoU will focus on information security and notification of threats

DP World, UAE Region needs computer applications that are 100% reliable and dependable round the clock.
DP World, UAE Region needs computer applications that are 100% reliable and dependable round the clock.

Port operator DP World, UAE Region has signed a MoU with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), to defend against cyber attacks on mission critical computer applications.

The agreement will focus on information security, covering the provision of early warning and notification of threats and vulnerabilities to detect, prevent and respond to cyber security threats such as hacking, viruses and corruption on the Internet.

The work will be carried out in phases. The first phase will involve an appraisal of DP World, UAE Region's current state of readiness against cyber attacks. The next phase will be to pull together the collective knowledge of CERT to strengthen the port operator's defences through the latest tools and firewalls.

"As the largest, busiest and technologically most advanced port operator in the Middle East, DP World, UAE Region needs computer applications that are 100% reliable and dependable round the clock,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior VP and managing director, DP World UAE Region.

“Consequently, the integrity and security of our information systems are of paramount importance. We are confident that the experience and expertise that CERT brings will help us address all our cyber security concerns and deliver the best service possible to our customers."

aeCERT was established by the TRA in 2008 as the cyber security coordination centre for the UAE.

The MoU defining key areas of cooperation was signed by Al Muallem and HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general, TRA.

"The TRA is eager to provide a fully-fledged cyber security infrastructure that safeguards the ICT sector in the UAE. In parallel with aeCERT, the Authority works on utilizing the latest technological advancements and field expertise,” said Al Ghanim.

“This MoU offers DP World the opportunity to benefit from the aeCERT services; delivering guidance, tutoring, awareness, responsive monitoring research and analysis.

"Dubai's ports are strategic national economic assets that need a resilient and vigilant IT infrastructure against cyber attacks. Our collaboration with DP World, UAE Region aims to find the ways and means to proactively combat any such incidents and protect the confidentiality and quality of their operations. This MoU is in line with the TRA's goal of building a secure and safe cyber culture in the UAE."

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