2013-12-29 10:45:49 - Adoption of Symantec DeepSight System highlighted as means to access real-time information about emerging threats
[UAE, December 29, 2013] - Dubai Smart Government (DSG) has recently organized an introductory workshop to highlight its latest services and solutions complementing the Dubai Government’s Information Security Regulation (ISR). The workshop, which was attended by representatives of information security sector in all Dubai government entities, is aimed at boosting investments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure development, promoting government performance and achieving a high status within the global knowledge economy.
The workshop complements the efforts exerted by DSG to fulfil its obligations after the Information Security Committee has earlier this year adopted DSG’s Information Security Regulation in implementation of resolution No. 13 for 2012 on information security at Dubai Government which was issued by the Dubai Executive Council.
The aim was to enhance information security and protect its technical systems in line with an integrated framework and a unified strategy for information security that will ensure the creation of a secure and reliable environment to preserve government information efficiently as well as maintain customer data privacy.
H.E Ahmed Bin Humaidan, Director-General, Dubai Smart Government, said: “The introductory workshop addressed major strategic themes to create an integrated digital environment to process government transactions according to the highest standards of security, reliability and transparency. Spreading information security culture between local government entities and strengthening mechanisms for notification of emergency incidents affecting the security infrastructure are the top most agenda of DSG, which has recently adopted the ISR to accelerate the transition towards the smart government model.”
“Our co-operation with two major information security companies, Symantec and Zeroday comes as part of our commitment at DSG to enhance digital security and adopt proactive methodologies to reduce IT-related threats. On our part, we pledge to continue to implement the latest technologies to improve the level of information security within the framework of government entities in Dubai in support of the Dubai Smart City project in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” concluded Bin Humaidan.
Furthermore, the workshop shed light on the importance of spreading awareness about information security among government employees and clients and improving the mechanism of notification among government entities about emergency incidents that affect the privacy and confidentiality of data. DSG also highlighted the leading initiatives that will serve the efforts to provide government entities with the information and preventive measures to reduce the risk of information security violations, including the adoption of the Symantec DeepSight System as a unified and reliable source to access real-time information about all emerging threats and use such information for taking proactive standby measures with the aim of preserving the security infrastructure of DSG and Dubai government entities.
DSG representatives also discussed the security awareness programme and the spread of security information culture among the employees of government entities which is based on the Apprenticeship Training Programme and is to be implemented by early 2014 in co-operation with Zeroday, a leading information security service provider. The program includes training selected government groups in Dubai in various aspects relating to processing, management, updating, storing, and transferring of information available to them according to the highest standards of reliability and confidentiality. Trainees will receive accredited certificates upon successfully completing the training course, qualifying them to train and educate all the employees at the government entity, which the trainee belongs to. Further, DSG aims to carry out a comprehensive assessment to measure the efficiency and readiness of the awareness programmes in local government departments.