DEWA opens Cybersecurity Innovation Lab, the Waee Cybersecurity & Identity Intelligence Centre

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in collaboration with Moro Hub, a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, has inaugurated its Cyber Security Innovation Lab, the Waee Cybersecurity Centre and Identity Intelligence Centre.

This is part of its efforts to build a safe, solid and reliable digital environment and support innovation in cyberspace. This enhances the integrated protection for all stakeholders against cybersecurity risks and ensures secure access to DEWA’s cyberspace, especially with the acceleration of digital transformation at DEWA and its wide adoption of smart technologies.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, highlighted that this step comes in line with the organisation’s efforts to achieve the wise leadership’s vision to fully prepare for all the challenges that technology brings along with the opportunities it provides, and to enhance the growth and economic prosperity of Dubai and to continue DEWA’s journey of excellence and global leadership.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“In line with the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the National Cyber Security Strategy, we adopt the best, world-class policies and procedures to promote DEWA’s digital strong infrastructure and protect the data privacy of employees, customers and all stakeholders. DEWA is proactive in adopting the highest international standards in information security and agile governance. It strives to manage potential risks that threaten information security by following an effective corporate policy for information security.”

The Cybersecurity Innovation Lab was designed to enable and streamline DEWA’s digital transformation through research, exploration, innovation, design and testing of cybersecurity controls and deployment in its environment. The lab aims to save time and cost and increase DEWA’s return on investment in information and cyber security.

The Waee Cybersecurity Centre provides a virtual environment to run comprehensive technical training and exercises with scenarios and tools to simulate cybersecurity attacks and defence mechanisms to enhance employee skillsets and raise awareness through virtual experiences designed to improve national skills in cybersecurity.

The Identity Intelligence Centre is the first-of-its-kind in DEWA, with an adaptive intelligence capability that gathers identity-related data from various sources to proactively secure DEWA identities and enable advanced Identity & Access Management controls to leverage the user experience and ensure secure access to DEWA’s environment.

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