The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cyber Security Council, aimed at enhancing security of the UAE’s energy sector
The MoU aims to align the efforts of the DoE and the Cyber Security Council as they develop and disseminate innovative technologies that enhance the digital and cyber security capabilities of the energy sector in Abu Dhabi. Both parties will exchange expertise and data in fields related to information and communication technologies, cyber security risks, electronic espionage, hacking, cyber terrorism, and disinformation campaigns, among others, which are increasing in pace with the accelerated adoption of modern technologies.
Both parties are committed to cooperating and implementing cyber security standards in the energy sector in Abu Dhabi, in addition to developing national capabilities to deter and prevent cyber attacks and provide immediate response when a government facility is exposed to such attacks or hacking attempts.
The MoU includes information sharing about the spread of malware and promising solutions in the field of information security, as well as participation in awareness building, educational programmes and scientific research. The two parties will organise mutual workshops, conferences and educational visits, and cyber security training in diverse sectors.
His Excellency Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Al Rumaithi, undersecretary of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, said, “Information and communication technology is one of the key pillars of social and economic development in any country. However, with the acceleration of technological developments, digital attacks are becoming more diversified and vicious, posing serious threats to individuals and institutions. Therefore, we must work to ward off these risks in the digital space, and protect all sectors and industries, including the energy sector.”