ABU DHABI, September 27, 20201 (WAM) – As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embraces an ‘artificial intelligence (AI) government’ and an ‘AI economy’, the country is fully equipped to deal with associated cybersecurity challenges, a senior official said, adding that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility too.
In an exclusive interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Dr Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, UAE government cybersecurity officer, said: “When we talk about digital transformation, the UAE really they have moved from ordinary government to smart government and are now moving to artificial intelligence government [et une économie de l’IA] as planned by the leaders. We are fully equipped to meet the associated challenges. We are able to detect and protect [de toute cyberattaque] “, He claimed.
“The UAE has achieved high ranks in many global cybersecurity indices,” the official noted.
“Before the UAE’s transformation into an artificial intelligence government and economy, a ‘cyber pandemic’ triggered a faster digital transformation in society as children use digital devices full time to do so. ‘Online learning and adults to work from home since the onset of COVID-19,’ Al Kuwait noted.
“People have gone directly to the digital realms because of the pandemic. We call it a “cyber pandemic.” However, a culture of cybersecurity [prise de conscience adéquate] it is still under development, ”he explained in an interview on the sidelines of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) in Sharjah.
“There is a cybersecurity gap and we would like to address it by raising awareness through this forum, similar platforms and cybersecurity exercises, etc. Said the official.
“Every digital device must be used with care to ensure cybersecurity and that is everyone’s responsibility,” he said.
“It is a collaborative effort of all relevant government entities, as well as social entities that work with us in different communities,” he reiterated.
“Technology is part of everything we do. It is part of our way of life. Therefore, we must use this technology in a respectable and vigilant manner, ”he continued.
Entering an AI government / economy implies sectoral perspectives. “Therefore, the financial sector will definitely switch to AI. In this transparent process, AI will be used to ensure cybersecurity. This huge data traffic in transformation is overwhelming, but it will be filtered through artificial intelligence, ”said the director of cybersecurity.
“While the government is using AI for defensive cybersecurity measures, other elements may use it for offensive measures,” Al Kuwaiti said of the challenges associated with the government and the economy of AI.
He cited examples of hackers using ransomware for cyberattacks.
“It’s a cat and mouse dilemma. We are fully equipped [dans cette bataille attendue de la cybersécurité] and we will achieve it with the support of our partners in the government and the private sector ”, he assured.
Al Kuwaiti will speak on cybersecurity at the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) on Monday morning.
The 2021 edition of the Forum was launched yesterday at the Sharjah Exhibition Center, under the patronage of the Member of the Supreme Council and Governor of Sharjah, HH Dr. Sheikh Sultane ben Mohamed Al Qassimi.
The 10th edition of the prestigious two-day forum welcomes 79 communication experts from around the world to assess the historical experience of government communication, discuss innovative crisis management mechanisms and determine the future of public communication.
Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.