Telecom regulatory body updates Federal Network security systems

DUBAI: The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the completion of the upgradation of the Federal Network (FEDNet) security systems.

This is a step aimed at protecting more than 35 federal entities against Advanced Persistent Threats in their various forms, whether through e-mail or internet browsing.

This step comes in line with TRA’s efforts to enhance protection against cyber-breaches, as well as protecting the digital environment of smart transformation in the UAE.

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 FEDNet serves as a common infrastructure for federal entities. It allows interconnection and data exchange between all local and federal government entities. Under these security modifications, 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.

In turn, 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.

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