27 Oct Cybersecurity standards launched
The United Arab Emirates has announced the adoption of cybersecurity standards for government agencies. The budget for 2022-2026 has a total expenditure of 290 billion dirhams ($79 billion) and is the largest in the history of the Gulf state.
Writing on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, announced the budget and said: “Our borders in cyberspace are sovereign borders that we always need to protect and consolidate their defences.”
The budget announcement comes just 10 months after the UAE Cyber Security Council was founded which focuses on enhancing current cybersecurity provisions. Back in 2019 the UAE unveiled its National Cybersecurity strategy designed to create strong cyber-infrastructure with 60 initiatives.
It’s a well timed announcement, as the UAE has seen a rapid increase in cyberattacks, as organisations have been forced to work remotely due to the Covid pandemic.