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Emirati competencies ensure the security of Dubai’s digital space

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In a step that contributes to enhancing Dubai’s position as the safest city in the digital space, the Dubai Electronic Security Center of the Dubai Digital Authority recently launched the “Truss” electronic system specialized in detecting security holes in websites, in line with the efforts of the UAE to provide a cyber environment Safe and flexible.

The system was designed and developed entirely by a team of young Emirati competencies, consisting of 6 engineers with an average age of 31 years, and their specializations range from programming and quality assurance, and they have a total experience of more than 60 years.

The new system is considered one of the main pillars that contribute to enhancing means of protecting cyberspace at the level of the Emirate of Dubai. It is part of the efforts to achieve the Dubai Cyber ​​Security Index, the first of its kind in the world, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council in mid-2020 to support the overall performance of electronic security in various government agencies in the emirate.

The development of the system took about a year, from design to testing, and ended with its launch at the Gulf Information Security Exhibition and Conference “GISEC 2021”, which was held at the Dubai World Trade Center, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In this regard, Hassan Abdullah, Director of the Security Systems Department at the Dubai Electronic Security Center, said: “The Tars system is an important addition to the electronic security system at the level of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE in general, due to its role in strengthening the means and mechanisms for detecting vulnerabilities in websites. The vital electronic systems of various government agencies and bodies and others participating in the system, which ensures the security and development of electronic security systems and their readiness to deal with emergency scenarios and electronic attacks.”

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He added, “The gear system is in line with the objectives of the Dubai Cyber ​​Security Strategy to protect the emirate from the dangers of cyberspace, and support innovation and economic growth efforts in light of technological progress and smart transformation that the emirate is witnessing.”

Ghaith Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director for Electronic Systems Affairs at the center, said, “The number of subscribers to the “Ters” system has reached more than 40 entities with 75 websites, and the system is scheduled to include 100 websites, and it will also be linked with the Dubai Electronic Security Index. The “Ters” system test witnessed the participation and cooperation of 48 entities and 75 websites, where the testing phase resulted in the discovery of more than 54 security vulnerabilities in the websites participating in the tests, and they were dealt with immediately.

He added: “The system’s working mechanism is to examine government websites and subscribers’ sites to detect security holes and other details of the entities registered in the system, in order to draw up a detailed report and inform the concerned authorities that may encounter security flaws so that appropriate action can be taken to deal with them after confirming the Effectiveness of the procedure by the Dubai Electronic Security Center.

It is noteworthy that the development of the system comes within the framework of the tasks of the Dubai Electronic Security Center specified under its founding law, which includes setting and implementing the government information security policy in the Emirate of Dubai and supervising the implementation of standards to ensure the achievement of electronic security in the emirate, as well as ensuring the effectiveness of the communications network security systems and information systems. At government agencies, and supervising the extent to which government agencies are committed to implementing the information security requirements issued by the center, following up on their implementation, providing technical and advisory support to them in terms of electronic security, establishing and operating security operations centers or taking advantage of the central system provided by the center, in a way that enhances the flexibility of cyberspace in emirate.

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The team includes Eng. Ghaith Al-Suwaidi, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management, Engineer Faraj Al Muhairi, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration, Eng. Shoaib Fouad, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and Engineer Khalifa Al Mazrouei, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Network Engineering, Eng. Khaled Al Mulla, who holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, and Engineer Ahmed Khoury, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications Engineering, and a Master of Science in Computing and Security.