His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the ‘Dubai Cyber Security Strategy’ that aims to strengthen Dubai’s position as a world leader in innovation, safety and security, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
The Strategy was launched in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, and Major General Talal Humaid Belhoul.
On the launch of the Strategy, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highlighted the UAE’s high ranking at both regional and international levels in providing security for individuals and organizations in the country, a result of the efforts of both federal and local governments in the UAE to build a safe and secure environment, which ensures the success of development goals.
His Highness said that cyber security has become an essential requirement in the digital era as the world has become more connected with the spread of smart technologies while stressing the importance of developing strategies that enable the UAE to maximize the benefits of technology and ensure the nation’s readiness to face any challenges it may bring.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed said: “We have set ourselves firmly on a path of excellence and creativity in the UAE, and today with the launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, we are adding a new achievement to the list of the government’s many accomplishments. This proves to the world that the more challenges we face, the more determined we are to achieve the highest excellence.”
His Highness called for uniting the efforts of the government and private sector to ensure a secure cyberspace that makes Dubai digitally the safest city in the world.
“We want to harness technology to create a new reality in Dubai and a different life, a new model of development,” Sheikh Mohammed added.
The launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy comes in line with the technological progress witnessed by the world, the smart transformation witnessed by the emirate of Dubai, and the accompanying challenges and risks that require mobilization of energies to achieve the objectives of the plan.
The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy aims to provide integrated protection against the dangers of cyberspace, support for innovation in cyberspace and the growth of the emirate and its economic prosperity.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision for Dubai was the inspiration for the Dubai Plan 2021, a plan that maps out the targets for the next five years in the emirate. Two of the core components of the plan are to make Dubai the most secure place to live, while also creating a smart, integrated and connected city. In this regard, the strategic plan of the Dubai Electronic Security Center contributes to the accomplishment of these two objectives, but also to deal with electronic security threats, cyber attacks and all forms of cybercrime.
The plan addresses the aspirations of the wise leadership and ensures the electronic security of information and data systems in the emirate, and covers all government and private agencies, and individuals to enjoy the safe use of technology. Dubai Electronic Security Center cooperates with all government agencies in the Emirate to ensure that the level of electronic security is upgraded and that precautionary measures are taken to ensure that information security systems are in line with international standards.
The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy involves the implementation of five main domains, including the cyber smart nation, innovation, cyber security, cyber resilience, and national and international collaboration.