More Emirati cyber-security experts are needed for the country to take full advantage of available technology, experts say.
“We don’t have enough experts in all of the areas we need them,” said Noura Al Suwaidi, manager at the National Electronic Security Authority.
Ms Al Suwaidi said that until that need was met, the UAE’s efforts to become a leader in technology leave it more exposed to a growing “threat landscape”.
“Adoption of the latest technological trends – like cloud computing, wearable devices, automating systems and processes – they bring risks,” she said.
“We don’t want to stop the adoption of technology. We want to make sure our cyber-security experts and critical sectors are taking a risk-based approach.”
Raytheon’s UAE leader Chris Davis said producing homegrown experts would not be easy.
“If the US, with 300 million people, is having a problem finding qualified individuals, what does that mean for the UAE and what decisions will that force them to make in the future?” Mr Davis asked.
“The demographics and the maths will be very challenging for the UAE.”
They were speaking on Sunday at an industry forum in Abu Dhabi titled Bridging the Cyber-security Talent Gap, hosted by the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and US defence and commercial electronics company Raytheon.
The conference brought together industry, government and education officials to assess the issue.
Courtesy: The National