Cyber security vital to Dubai's sustained progress: Sheikh Hamdan
Dubai - 'In many ways, protecting our electronic borders is similar to protecting our maritime and land borders,' Dubai Crown Prince says.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said that Dubai has become a global leader in digital transformation over the last few years, guided by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed's vision to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world has steered its transformation from e-government to Smart Government and eventually to a Smart City, Sheikh Hamdan said.
The Dubai Crown Prince said Dubai places high priority on cyber security in its drive to shape the future.
Raising the quality of its electronic infrastructure to increase its preparedness to deal with cyber risks is a strong focus for the emirate.
His Highness's remarks came as he chaired a meeting of the Strategic Affairs Council of the Executive Council in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Second Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.
About 60 officials representing various entities of the Dubai Government also attended the meeting.
"Digital infrastructure and smart services are key pillars of our future. Strong cyber security is crucial to ensure we can deal with all threats and risks proactively and efficiently. In many ways, protecting our electronic borders is similar to protecting our maritime and land borders.
"Rapid technological advancement brings with it growing risks. As Dubai speeds up the pace of its digital transformation, reinforcing cyber security is vital to our sustained progress," Sheikh Hamdan said.
"Dealing with challenges associated with cyber security is a common responsibility. To provide individuals and society a high degree of protection from cyber threats, we need to consolidate and synergise the efforts of various stakeholders. The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy and Dubai Cyber Index seek to create comprehensive protection from security risks, which is a critical element in bolstering Dubai's leadership in the digital arena. We will continue our journey of innovation and development to make Dubai the world's safest city in the digital world," His Highness further said.
The recently launched Dubai Cyber Index seeks to raise the security and safety standards of Dubai's electronic infrastructure by enhancing the readiness of government entities in dealing with cyber crises and emergency scenarios. The initiative will use advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies and Big Data analysis to help organisations anticipate potential cyber threats.