Global Abu Dhabi Declaration on Cyber-Terrorism

Cyber defence centre launched in Dubai

ABU DHABI 17 May 2017: The International Conference for Criminalisation of Cyber-Terrorism, held in Abu Dhabi, concluded with the ‘Abu Dhabi Declaration for Criminalising Cyber-Terrorism’, which was read by Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee.

The Abu Dhabi Declaration includes three clauses, to be co-ordinated and rapidly executed by UN member countries to combat the global threat of cyber-terrorism, reported Wam.

Patterns of Threats

The declaration’s first clause highlights the the increasing pattern of terrorist threats in cyberspace and the dangers to individuals, communities and countries, as well as the co-ordination between terrorist groups with the aim of exchanging information and planning to execute terrorist crimes.

It also highlights the spread of extremist speech with the goal of recruiting, committing and praising terrorist acts, as well as the spread of hate speech, violence and discrimination based on national, racial, religious or sectarian factors.

Coordinated Rapid Counter

Its second clause highlights the principles and aims of United Nations, UN, charters and international agreements and treaties related to respecting, protecting and strengthening human rights, guided by the decisions of the international Security Council, the UN General Assembly and regional organisations and international authorities where there is a pressing need for co-ordinated and rapid movements by UN member countries, to combat the threat and dangers of cyber-terrorism.

This will be done by adopting a binding international agreement prohibiting all forms of cyber-terrorism, including attempts to promote, praise, recruit for and not report terrorist activities, as well as promoting violence, hate, racial and religious discrimination.

Legal Structure

UN member countries are also obliged to adopt the requirements of this binding agreement and the details of its principles, to integrate them in their internal laws, place a special law related to cyber-crimes and establish national authorities for cyber information, freedom and security, to put in place policies and strategies under the rule of law to monitor and deal with digital content with the threat of terrorism.

The UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, hosted the International Conference for the Criminalisation of Cyber-Terrorism on 15th and 16th May, 2017 with the participation of an elite of international academics, legal experts and specialised experts, and international and regional organisations and civil community organisations.

Cyber defence centre launched in Dubai

eHosting DataFort, eHDF, a leading managed hosting and cloud infrastructure services provider in the region, has launched its Cyber Defense Centre (CDC), in Dubai Internet City.

“eHDF’s CDC deploys advanced security intelligence and automation tools to help identify threats more quickly and with greater accuracy and precision. Our CDC teams deliver threat hunting services using a combination of Threat Intelligence and end-point technologies that allow us to detect more complex threats that may be dormant in a customer’s environment,” said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort.

The CDC services assist customers in the complete security lifecycle, which starts with log collection, network access control, advanced sandboxing, remediation and incident response. Incident management offers a single dashboard of a customer’s security posture, attacks, and incidents.

eHDF recently launched Real Time Threat Monitoring, RTTM, services, which collects and directs customer data to the Security Information and Event Management, SIEM, solution. The data is then analysed by experts and, based on findings, customers are appraised of and provided with short and long term remedial solutions.

“Security is a key focus area for most enterprises today. In fact, many of our customers have shown interest in Managed Security Services and this led us to launch the CDC. Our CDC is manned 24×7 by a highly-qualified team of security experts. As a leading Managed Services Provider in the UAE, the launch of the CDC was a natural extension of our services and we aim to serve customers from government, media, construction and real estate, electronics and communications, banking and finance, automotive and retail sectors,” Zeineldin added.

By Sheena Amos