National Cybersecurity Strategy

Our Vision for National Cybersecurity Strategy

To create a safe and resilient cyber infrastructure in the UAE that enables citizens to fulfil their aspirations and empowers businesses to thrive

Our Aspirations

  • Provide confidence to citizens to securely participate in the digital world
  • Enable SMEs to safeguard themselves against most common cyber attacks
  • Celebrate contributions to innovation in cybersecurity
  • Protect critical information infrastructure assets of the country
  • Build a world-class cybersecurity workforce in the UAE
  • Foster a culture of entrepreneurship in cybersecurity

Strategy Pillars

To achieve these aspirations, we will mobilize the whole ecosystem to deliver ~60 initiatives across 5 pillars

  • 1

    Cybersecurity laws & Regulations

    • Address all types of cybercrimes
    • Secure existing and emerging technologies
    • Support protection of SMEs
  • 2

    Vibrant Cybersecurity ecosystem

    • Support startups and promote R&D in cybersecurity
    • Develop cybersecurity capabilities
    • Drive citizen cybersecurity awareness
    • Encourage excellence in cybersecurity
  • 3

    National Incident Response plan

    • Single point of contact for victims of cyber incidents
    • Standardized severity assessment and agency mobilization plan
    • Cross-agency information sharing
  • 4

    CIIP program

    • Identify critical assets in the UAE
    • Establish world-class risk management standards
    • Create robust processes for reporting, compliance and response
  • 5

    Partnerships

    • National Committees
    • Local Partnerships
    • Global Partnerships

Governance

For successful implementation of the National Cybersecurity strategy, we will establish multiple governance vehicles

  • 9 sector committees to implement the CIIP program…
  • And 2 vehicles for the National Incident Response plan
    • Energy
    • ICT
    • Government
    • Electricty & Water
    • Finance & Insurance
    • Emergency Services
    • Health Services
    • Transportation
    • Food & Agriculture
  • National Incident Response Committee (NRC)

    Take strategic decisions

    related to the National Incident Response program

    Cyber Intelligence Unit (CIU)

    Enable intelligence sharing

    between agencies for better visibility over cybersecurity threats

TRA will monitor progress and impact of the National Cybersecurity strategy through ~20 clearly defined key performance metrics

  • Collate data from multiple sources
  • Will enable TRA to track the progress of the strategy
    • Internal TRA data – Data outputs from TRA initiative teams, aeCERT, etc.
    • Ecosystem data - CIIP sector committees, NRC, CIU, law enforcement agencies, etc.
    • Global data - E.g., Reports, threat intelligence, etc.
    • National Cybersecurity strategy Progress update
    • 2 Strategic KPIs
    • 17 Operational KPIs
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