Huawei’s chief security officer for the UAE Mr. Aloysius Cheang has stated that the company is collaborating with a number of government agencies in order to develop the UAE as a “globally-trusted digital oasis” that is safe from potential cyber threats.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in October, the Shenzhen-based company has created a new position of CSO to assist the UAE in achieving its aims of smart cities and e-governments while “keeping the nation’s critical infrastructure safe.”
“At the recent Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference in Dubai, Huawei was also appointed co-chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team’s (OIC- CERT’s) 5G security working group. It is mandated to ensure end-to-end cybersecurity for OIC member states,” as per the reports.
“In the UAE, the company is working to train local talent in cybersecurity and enter into public-private partnerships to create a “robust security system”. The cyber threat landscape is continuously changing, it knows no borders. Every day is a new challenge, it will hit you without you even knowing it, like what happened with [the] SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline breaches. Therefore, to build [the] local capacity and to enable a foolproof environment, we aim to have more cybersecurity professionals on the ground. Huawei has adjusted to the local conditions and drafted a tailor-made strategy to address the regional requirements.”
Cyber threats to firms and individuals have increased as a result of rapid digitalization and the growing number of connected devices, notably in the Middle East.
According to a report from IBM Security, the average cost of a data breach in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s two largest economies, climbed 9.4 percent last year to $6.53 million per breach. The figure is greater than the global average of $3.86 million per breach and ranks second among the 17 areas surveyed.