Dubai Electronic Security Centre rolls out new cybersecurity platform ‘TIRS’

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) has launched a new cybersecurity platform “TIRS” in order to scan Dubai government websites for threats and increase cybersecurity competitiveness between entities.

TIRS, which means “Shield”, is unveiled during the event of GISEC 2021, the 9th edition of the Middle East and Africa’s most influential and connected cybersecurity event at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Mr. Ghaith Alsuwaidi, Deputy Director at Security Systems for the DESC, has revealed the new platform, which analyzes Dubai government websites for vulnerabilities inside departments, offers top-line statistics and assigns a safety score out of five.

The platform also generates a threat report to alert participating entities on critical weaknesses, allowing them to take appropriate action to resolve any security gaps. DESC will verify the action taken within the TIRS system once the threat has been detected and handled.

 Ghaith Alsuwaidi
Ghaith Alsuwaidi
Deputy Director – Security Systems

“TIRS is one of the key pillars monitoring Dubai’s cyberspace, through the Dubai Cyber Index Platform. We continuously scan government websites and based on the security of the government entities we give them a score out of five. It ensures the security of government websites and introduces competitiveness in terms of website security, all the time making Dubai’s cyberspace safer. The TIRS scoring will be a parameter on the Dubai Cyber Index by the end of this year.”

Dr. Marwan Al-Zarouni, Director, Information Security Services at DESC said, “In Dubai, we are not isolated from the world when it comes to regulation, and we participate in global programs and contribute to policy-making. We are one of the first cities to mandate that all cloud providers to any government bodies need to be compliant to our security standards.”

Furthermore, Dr. Al-Zarouni has stressed that Dubai’s agility, emphasized by the launch of the TIRS platform, will enable Dubai to remain ahead of the curve in protecting its cyberspace.

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