Dubai Electronic Security Centre in collaboration with Thales Group launch the Cyber Node initiative

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Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), part of Digital Dubai, has launched the Cyber Node initiative, in partnership with Thales Group, a global leader in cybersecurity technologies and data protection.

The new initiative aims to develop an advanced and specialised cyber-workforce that fosters innovation, supports digital economic growth and contributes to the development of new technologies. Cyber Node is the first initiative under the Dubai Cyber Innovation Park, which was launched earlier this year during GISEC 2022.

The Dubai Cyber Security Innovation Park (DCIP) is the research and knowledge arm of the Dubai Electronic Security Centre. It was recently launched, in line with Dubai’s vision to achieve economic prosperity that supports the emirate’s digital transformation, consolidating the security of its cyberspace and protecting it from risks and threats. DCIP provides an integrated system of cybersecurity innovations and aims to empower the next generation of cyber security experts.

The launch of Cyber Node comes as a result of DESC’s continuous efforts to achieve the objectives of Dubai’s Cyber Security Strategy, which focuses on building a cyber-smart society, the organisation said.

Cyber Node, a hub for cyber experts

Cyber Node provides the necessary ecosystem for increasing the skills of the cyber workforce, in addition to protecting Dubai’s critical information infrastructure from ever-changing cyber risks. Cyber Node will become a hub for cyber experts from the public and private sectors, as well as academic institutions.

“DESC’s latest initiative, Cybernode, is in line with the objectives of the Dubai government and the aspirations of the wise leadership for Dubai to be a global model for a digital lifestyle. Nowadays, cybersecurity emerges as one of the challenges we seek to include in the comprehensive digital life we aspire for,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of Digital Dubai.

He further added that the Cyber Node initiative is important in this regard. Everyone at DDA is proud to join efforts with DESC and foresee a future full of digital transformations. Cyber Node, the result of a strategic partnership with an international company like Thales, is now in full readiness to welcome cybersecurity experts, academics, and graduates aspiring to be part of an advanced cybersecurity hub.

“This partnership with Thales comes as part of our efforts to equip Dubai’s cyber professionals and citizens with the right skills and provide training programs that meet the highest international standards. It will help develop specialised competencies, at the local and national level, to ensure the security of cyberspace in the Emirate of Dubai and support the process of digital transformation across the emirate,” said Yousef Al Shaibani, Director General of the Dubai Electronic Security Centre.

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