The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) concluded its participation in the annual Ministry of Defence Conference – "War in the 21st Century," held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The conference was held at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi on 6-7 November 2019.
During the conference, TRA presented a workshop on (National Readiness to Face Digital Threats and ICT security and resilience). The workshop reviewed TRA initiatives on sustainability, continuity, resilience and readiness of the UAE telecommunications sector for emergencies and crises, which result from studies, research, benchmarks, plans, exercises and trainings, as well as shared knowledge and future foresight process.
The workshop also discussed the importance of radio frequency management and protection from interference, its role in enabling technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, and the strategic role played by TRA in enhancing cybersecurity and protecting both infrastructure and emerging technologies.
The workshop addressed emerging technologies and new challenges (5G and Internet of Things) and the development of frequency spectrum strategy. The workshop also dealt with Radio Regulations and Radio Services, TRA's capabilities in international monitoring and coordination, and cooperation between TRA and the Ministry of Defence.
The workshop highlighted the National Cybersecurity Strategy, the first of its kind at the federal level, launched by TRA to support cybersecurity standards in the UAE through various mechanisms and pillars, while stimulating local startups in the sector and developing the cybersecurity environment in the UAE. The workshop also addressed the role of the National Cybersecurity Strategy in creating a smart cyber system based on innovation, creativity and digital culture, in addition to developing cooperation between various national entities including government institutions, private sector, armed forces and academia, as well as cooperation with international partners to protect cyberspace and achieve national security. The workshop was conducted by Eng. Saleh Al Masabi, Eng. Abdulrahman Al Naser, Eng. Mohammed Al Blooshi and Eng. Mohammed Bin Ali , from TRA.
It is worth to mention that TRA strives to create a safe and resilient cyber infrastructure in the UAE that enables the people to fulﬁl their aspirations and empowers businesses to thrive. TRA has issued The National Cybersecurity Strategy, which aims to support the country's cybersecurity standards through various mechanisms and pillars while stimulating the creation of local startups in the sector and developing a cybersecurity environment. TRA is working on designing and implementing a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for cybersecurity to address all types of cybercrime, building a regulatory framework to protect current and emerging technologies, developing supportive systems to enable and protect SMEs from cyberthreats, and enabling a vital cybersecurity system by leveraging the cybersecurity market, amounting to AED 8.1 billion in the UAE.