News November 10th, 2023
DefSec: a groundbreaking partnership for cybersecurity innovation
Defence and Security Middle East (DefSec), the authoritative news source for the Middle East defence and homeland security decision-makers, covered a groundbreaking partnership between Nortal, CYBRTEK and the Harrisburg University of Science & Technology for the creation of the state-of-the-art cyber competence center in Dubai.
DefSec highlighted that the partnership coincided with the global observance of Cyber Security Awareness Month and was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at GITEX. Honorable Ms. Kristina Kallas, the Minister of Education and Research for the Republic of Estonia, graced the ceremony, making it a historic milestone in the UAE’s endeavor to establish a secure and resilient cyberspace.
Located within the Harrisburg University campus at Dubai Knowledge Park, the competence center is poised to become a premier training facility for cybersecurity professionals hailing from both the public and private sectors. The facility is equipped with Nortal’s renowned Coliseum Cyber Range and adopts a comprehensive curriculum steered by Harrisburg University. Training programs offered at this center will place a strong emphasis on bolstering cybersecurity and preparedness for cyber incidents. This will be achieved through the utilization of cutting-edge educational technology and the integration of next-generation training capabilities.
Martin Ruubel, Director of Cyber Resilience, Nortal
In an era where digitalization is the cornerstone of all aspects of society and cybersecurity threats evolve at an unprecedented pace, it’s partnerships like these that hold the key to safeguarding our digital future.
Reflecting on Estonia’s unique experience, Kristina Kallas, the Minister of Education and Research for the Republic of Estonia, commented in the article, “Estonia’s unique experience as the first nation to face a large-scale cyber-attack in 2007, alongside our successful adoption of e-government solutions, has positioned us as global leaders in cybersecurity for nearly two decades. The establishment of partnerships across both public and private sectors emphasizes our capability and commitment to delivering top-tier international solutions and study programmes.”
Martin Ruubel, Director of Cyber Resilience at Nortal, highlighted to DefSec the importance of this collaborative effort, stating, “In an era where digitalization is the cornerstone of all aspects of society and cybersecurity threats evolve at an unprecedented pace, it’s partnerships like these that hold the key to safeguarding our digital future. By uniting with Harrisburg University and CYBRTEK, we’re not just pooling resources but merging visions. This collaboration amplifies our capacity to innovate, train, and address the global talent shortage in cybersecurity and digitalization. It’s more than an alliance; it’s a testament to our shared commitment to forge ahead, ensuring a secure cyber-digital realm for businesses, governments, and individuals alike.”
The article concluded that this strategic MoU leverages Nortal’s extensive global expertise in cybersecurity and capitalizes on Harrisburg University’s academic prowess, providing strong support for the UAE’s commitment to technological growth and readiness. The partnership is poised to bolster the UAE’s position as a regional cybersecurity hub, stimulate economic growth, attract international expertise, and enrich the local talent pool.
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