Smartworld and The Kernel have announced the launch of UAE’s first-of-its-kind “Cyber Security Centre”, which will train UAE nationals in cyber security and provide round-the-clock advanced security monitoring along with cyber threat management to companies across the government and private sector in the UAE.
A strategic partnership for setting up the center was signed between the two companies by Abdulqader Ali, CEO of Smartworld, and Dr. Mounes Kayyali, CEO of The Kernel.
The initiative is in line with the vision and development strategies of the UAE and Dubai especially toward technological advancements in all areas and supports the most critical component of security for organizations.
Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Smartworld, said: “Smartworld is proud to partner with The Kernel for this unique initiative, which will cater to the rapidly-rising demand for cyber security and local talent in this area. With this initiative we re-affirm our commitment to support the UAE leadership’s vision to excel in every sphere.”
Advisor Dr. Saif Al Ketbi said: “UAE and Dubai are making tremendous progress in adopting the world’s latest smart technologies. These advancements bring with them the responsibility to ensure safety from external threats. Particularly as we witness the launch of several mega projects and hosting the Expo 2020, the progress in the area of smart technology is set to be massive. The Cyber Security Centre rightly caters to the growing need for protection and threat monitoring as it adopts a holistic approach of developing local talent in the area of cyber security along with identifying and protecting organizations against external threats.”
Worldwide, cyber threats have been increasing in sophistication as well as in number of attacks, exposing organizations to threats of losing sensitive information as well as competitive advantage.
Al Ketbi said: “Most organizations pay greater attention to developing and implementing projects. However, they need to include security right at the planning stage of a project. A security breach could jeopardize all their efforts. With the opening of the Cyber Security Centre within the UAE, companies across the government and private sector can rest assured as the center will monitor and respond to any form of threats to their security round the clock, alert them about any potential risks they could be exposed to and also help them secure from those.”
“To cater to the rapidly-rising need for cyber security, we also need to ensure a sufficient availability of local pool of talent. The Cyber Security Centre, for the first ever time in this region, will be offering sophisticated training in this arena, with special focus on UAE nationals,” Al Ketbi added.
Dr. Mounes Kayyali, CEO of The Kernel, said: “We have been specializing in the software and security industry since 1987. When we established The Kernel in 2008 in Dubai, the UAE became our home and the base for our permanent HQ.”