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Dubai's Nakheel wins IT certification in 'record time'

Nakheel has received ISO 27001 recertification, which means it has strong internet security systems

Nakheels chief information officer, Ahmed Ebrahim Al Ahmad.
Nakheels chief information officer, Ahmed Ebrahim Al Ahmad.

Dubai-based property developer Nakheel has become one of the government’s first IT divisions in the medium and high-risk category to receive recertification for keeping information assets secure.

Nakheel’s IT team received  ISO 27001 re-certification from the Dubai Accreditation Centre, becoming one of the first in the government’s medium and high-risk category group to secure the IT security certificate.

Recertification proves that the company can protect sensitive information by assessing risks and implementing a range of controls to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets.

READ: Industrial firms lack cyber-security tools

For the layman, ISO 27001 is an international standard that describes how to manage and control information security in an organisation. The standard is managed by the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), and it has become one of the most widely-used standards in internet security management in the world.

Nakheel’s in-house IT team managed to secure the accreditation in “a record time of just two months”, according to Dubai’s Media Office.

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Nakheel’s chief information officer, Ahmed Ebrahim Al Ahmad, said: “It took tremendous effort, dedication and teamwork to achieve ISO 27001, which benefits all of our stakeholders and reinforces our commitment to best practices. I am immensely proud of the teams – from IT and other departments – who worked together to make this happen so quickly and smoothly.”

Nakheel’s recertification comes a day after the property developer released a tender for ground works on its Palm 360 project and confirmed a construction tender would also be realised this year.

The twin-tower luxury mixed-use development on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah will be home to the world’s largest sky pool, which is reportedly set to connect both towers 170m above ground.

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