ABU DHABI- In order to promote the creation and evaluation of national level plans, policies, and standards for the cybersecurity of the UAE energy sector, The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the UAE Cyber Security Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The agreement was signed at ENEC Head Quarters in Abu Dhabi by His Excellency Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government.
The partnership is a component of ENEC’s dedication to advancing cyber security in the clean energy industry of the UAE, boosting resilience, and implementing best-in-class technologies. Through the sharing of information, knowledge, and training support, the MoU will strengthen the strategic collaboration between the two organisations. ENEC will contribute experts to the creation of a Security Operations Center at the national level.
According To Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC,
“This is an important step in the journey to evolve the nation’s cyber strategies and further advance its intellectual wealth. Cybersecurity is a critical focus for ENEC as we work to ensure we are well-equipped to mitigate any potential cyber challenges. By working closely with the UAE Cyber Security Council, we are committed to share best practices and ensuring the UAE strengthens its position as a world leader in innovation with the most advanced cyber systems.”
Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security of the UAE Government, said:
“Reflecting the direction of our wise leadership, our mission is to strengthen the vital cyber sector to reduce risks, fortify confidence, enable growth for all sectors and raise response readiness. The MoU aims to unite efforts and capabilities in order to develop and disseminate modern technologies that enhance and contribute to the establishment of protected infrastructure.”
In the report of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2020 published by the International Telecommunication Union, the UAE ranked fifth globally in terms of its strong cyber infrastructure due to the qualitative shift of the world in the field of cybersecurity and the strengthening of the country’s leading position globally for the same.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, owned and developed by ENEC, is the first fully digitalised nuclear energy plant in the world. All its systems are aligned to the approved cyber standards in cooperation with the Cyber Security Council to ensure compliance.
The MoU expands on the recent first CyberEnergy Leadership Forum, which was organised by ENEC in association with the UAE Cyber Security Council and attended by prominent worldwide specialists as well as representatives from the US Departments of State and Energy. More than 117 experts shared their best practises at the forum to help the transition to renewable energy.
In order to highlight concerns related to cybersecurity strategy and implementation, the Cyber Security Council and ENEC will conduct another CyberEnergy Leadership Forum in 2023. The council and ENEC will work together to create and carry out recurring drills for the energy sector to prepare for potential cyber incidents, as per the conditions of the agreement.
The Cyber Security Council and ENEC will host another CyberEnergy Leadership Forum in 2023, to highlight issues linked to cybersecurity strategy and implementation.
Under the terms of the agreement, the council and ENEC will collaborate to develop and conduct periodic exercises for the energy sector to respond to any cyber incidents.