UAE boosts security of government entities against APTs

UAE boosts security of government entities against APTs
Upgraded security system is effective in protecting against Zero Day Attacks.
Published: 13 August 2017 - 4:57 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

TRA UAE has completed the upgrade of the Federal Network (FEDNet) security systems aiming at protecting more than 35 federal entities against Advanced Persistent Threats in their various forms, whether through e-mail or internet browsing. 

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: "Cyber risks and threats are persistently finding ways to reach their goals. Therefore, the provision of electronic security and protection needs to keep pace with these risks by using the latest cyber protection technologies. It is know that a new generation of advanced cyber-attacks (Advanced Persistent Threats) has been formed in recent years, TRA monitors these risks, and protect against them through advanced procedures, including the provision of protection to the federal government entities involved in the FEDNet, without loading them any additional financial or administrative burdens."

The upgraded security system will verify the pattern of any e-content, whether email or website, and assess if the pattern is acting suspiciously in dealing with data or communicating with suspicious external websites. This method is effective in protecting against Zero Day Attacks. 

Engineer Saeed Belhoul, Director of eGovernment Operations in TRA, said: "This project is part of our ongoing effort to provide security for government entities connected to the network, and we have started working on these updates early this year. The first step was examining and testing the devices by TRA’s Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), and coordination with all connected government entities to highlight the importance of these security solutions and the internal changes required by each side to make the best use of them. In later stages, we conducted comparative studies and tests, and then activated the service after ensuring its readiness."


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