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In a significant step towards securing its digital space, Dubai Cyber Force (DCF) recently announced the first companies accredited under its new cybersecurity service provider program.

This initiative aims to strengthen Dubai’s cyber defenses by fostering collaboration with qualified security vendors and enhancing the overall preparedness of government entities and critical infrastructure. Let’s explore the initiative, its implications, and potential benefits for the region.

The Accreditation Process:

Launched in March 2024, the DCF program establishes a rigorous framework for selecting and accrediting cybersecurity service providers. The process involves:

  • Compliance with international standards: Adherence to recognized security frameworks like ISO 27001 and NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
  • Technical expertise evaluation: Demonstrating proficiency in specific areas like penetration testing, incident response, and forensics.
  • Robust security practices: Maintaining strong internal security controls and data protection measures.

The First Wave of Accredited Companies:

Eight companies, including international players like Crowe Indonesia Teknologi and regional names like Precursor Security, have achieved the coveted accreditation. This diverse group brings specialized expertise to the table, bolstering Dubai’s ability to address a wide range of cyber threats.

Implications and Benefits:

This initiative holds significant promise for Dubai and the wider region:

  • Enhanced cyber resilience: Improved access to qualified security services helps government and critical infrastructure operators strengthen their defenses.
  • Boosted innovation: Collaboration between DCF and private sector fosters innovation in cybersecurity solutions and talent development.
  • Regional leadership: Dubai sets an example for other countries in the region by prioritizing a proactive approach to cybersecurity.

Conclusion:

Dubai’s initiative to accredit cybersecurity companies is a commendable step towards a more secure digital future. However, it’s merely the first salvo in a continuous battle. By combining individual vigilance with robust security measures and ongoing program improvements, Dubai can forge a path towards becoming a truly cyber-resilient city. Remember, everyone plays a role in this digital defense, so stay informed, stay vigilant, and stay safe.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

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