“ESTABLISHING DUBAI AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN INNOVATION, SAFETY AND SECURITY”

The growth of the internet and cyberspace has had a tremendous impact on all parts of society, from public and private sectors to individuals. Only a secure cyberspace can provide trust and confidence for anyone using it.

Having an open and free cyberspace provides value as it reduces barriers to trade, as well as barriers between countries, communities and citizens, and allows information sharing across the globe.

Therefore, Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) has created a strategy to help protect Dubai from cyber security risks with the aim of supporting the growth of Dubai and its economy, led by innovation.

Strategy Principles

COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS

All applicable laws and regulations should be applied to the cyber space in order
to achieve cyber security and enhance awareness of all society about the importance of compliance with legislation

FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION

The cyber space needs to remain open to innovation and free flow of ideas, information, and expression. It should be a competitive environment which ensures a fair return on investment in infrastructure, services and content.

COLLABORATION

The risks of cyber space are transnational. Dubai needs to seek partnerships with other regional and international cities and countries while seeking out information on initiatives; the risks cannot be managed through Dubai’s defense alone.

CONSIDERATION OF RISK

Individuals using the cyber space need to understand that absolute security cannot be achieved. This all-pervasive awareness contributes more to cyber security than any single organization can.

Strategy Domains

The Cyber Security Strategy has a set of main domains, which, together with the guiding principles above, will be established and implemented to achieve cyber security within the region.

CYBER SMART SOCIETY

achieving awareness, skills and capabilities to manage cyber security risks for Dubai’s public and private sectors, and individuals

CYBER SECURITY

putting controls in place to protect confidentiality, integrity and availability, as well as data privacy for Dubai’s public and private sectors, and individuals

INNOVATION

promoting research and development for cyber security, and establishing a free, fair and secure cyber space in Dubai

CYBER RESILIENCE

ensuring the continuity of IT systems and their availability in the cyber space

(INTER)NATIONAL COLLABORATION

establishing national and international collaboration to manage cyber risks

Architecture

Different stakeholders need to work together to implement the cyber security strategy and provide Dubai’s public and private sectors, and individuals with a safer cyber space.

The diagram illustrates the different responsibilities in the overall cyber security programme.

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