The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has completed the upgrade of the Federal Network (FEDnet) security systems.
The upgrade is in line with the TRA's plan to enhance protection against cyber-breaches, in particular against Advanced Persistent Threats, whether through e-mail or internet browsing.
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.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA director general, said: "It is known 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."
Engineer Saeed Belhoul, Director of eGovernment Operations in TRA, explained: "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."
The FEDnet is an infrastructure for over 35 federal entities, enabling interconnection and data exchange between local and federal government.