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Dubai Electronic Security Center hosts workshop introducing Cyber Force Program for the private sector

His Excellency Yousuf Al Shaibani , CEO of the Dubai Electronic Security Center

The workshop focused primarily on certification of penetration testing and incident response individuals

The Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC), part of Digital Dubai, hosted a workshop for the private sector to discuss the Cyber Force Program, launched as a collaboration between DESC and CREST an international not-for-profit, membership body representing the global cyber security industry.

The workshop focused primarily on certification of penetration testing and incident response individuals, in addition to introducing the criteria DESC identified in collaboration with CREST to approve cybersecurity companies to provide their services to the Dubai Government.

The Dubai Electronic Security Center is committed to supporting the Dubai Government in its ambitious plans to establish the Emirate as a world leader in innovation, digital transformation, and cybersecurity.

His Excellency Yousuf Al Shaibani , CEO of the Dubai Electronic Security Center

To obtain DESC’s approval, service providers must have the necessary skills and competencies required and must be in compliance with Dubai laws. Approval from the Dubai Electronic Security Center will provide a higher level of assurance and confidence in these companies that are providing services to the government.

His Excellency Yousuf Al Shaibani , CEO of the Dubai Electronic Security Center, said, “The Dubai Electronic Security Center is committed to supporting the Dubai Government in its ambitious plans to establish the Emirate as a world leader in innovation, digital transformation, and cybersecurity. We strive to play our part in positioning Dubai as one of the safest cities in cyberspace, as the Emirate moves forward with its plans to digitalize every aspect of life for its citizens, residents, and visitors.”

“Dubai Electronic Security Center’s collaboration with CREST to introduce the Cyber Force Program – and our role in setting criteria for companies looking to engage with Dubai Government entities – was a notable milestone in implementing the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, where international collaboration is outlined as a key guiding principle,” Al Shaibani addeed.”

Mr. Rowland Johnson, the President of CREST International, said: “CREST is proud to support the introduction of the Dubai Cyber Force program alongside our partners at DESC, which has already stimulated considerable interest amongst our member companies with a number starting the process to have their cyber professionals approved to the program with the opportunity to extend their ability to offer services in Dubai. 

The program allows DESC to assess and accredit service providers delivering cybersecurity services to Dubai Government entities, semi-government entities and Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). It focuses on three key areas: Skills and Competence, where individuals and companies providing services under the program are required to hold DESC-approved qualifications and have suitable experience; Methodologies, where services must be conducted using DESC-recognized methods and approaches; and Reporting, mandating that reports and recommendations are produced in accordance with a recognized standard.

The workshop hosted by DESC targeted local and international cybersecurity companies, bringing together cybersecurity professionals, industry experts, and key stakeholders. Over 100 experts from the cybersecurity industry attended the workshop in-person and virtually, representing their companies and showing great interest in the program.

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