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As AI makes inroads, UAE strives to foster cybersecurity culture, ISNR Abu Dhabi hears

As AI makes inroads, UAE strives to foster cybersecurity culture, ISNR Abu Dhabi hears
23 May 2024 08:17

SARA ALZAABI (ABU DHABI)

The UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 will aid in consolidating the nation’s position amid the advent of emerging technologies and the urgent need to keep pace with global advances, according to H.E. Salem Saeed Al Saeedi, Vice President of Rabdan Academy.

Al Saeedi’s remarks came during his address on day two of the International Exhibition for National Security & Resilience (ISNR) 2024 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

He underlined that Rabdan Academy is committed to the success of the exhibition and enhancing the national security system through collaboration locally and internationally.

During the keynote speech, H.E. Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee for ISNR Abu Dhabi 2024, discussed the challenges posed by technological advancements, such as fraud, lawbreaking, and privacy violations, while also highlighting the positive changes.

He further pointed out the importance of global cooperation, societal ethics, and flexible government policies for a positive future, highlighting the UAE’s success in global competitiveness, particularly in security, through its rational leadership model.

During a session titled “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Developing National Security Systems and International Cooperation”, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Chairman of the UAE Cyber Security Council, presented key points regarding today’s developments in artificial intelligence and its utilisation in various national security systems, particularly cybersecurity in the UAE, and the outlook of its wise leadership.

He outlined that the UAE has ranked first in numerous global competitive indicators. The country is focusing on artificial intelligence, to become an AI state by the centenary of the UAE in 2071. Additionally, it is prioritising transformation across all sectors, including in the field of cybersecurity.

Al Kuwaiti further highlighted that the UAE’s cybersecurity policy focuses on spreading a cybersecurity culture to all societal segments, especially young people. He noted that the Cyber Pulse initiative encourages community participation in cybersecurity efforts.

Speaking to Aletihad on the sidelines, Mohamed Alhosani, Conferences and Forum Branch Manager at Saif Bin Zayed Academy for Security and Policing Sciences at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, said that their participation at the event mainly focussed on 12 workshops regarding the adoption of AI technology in policing.

“Our participation was through the smart adaptive training rooms that we have already implemented in the police academy in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Alhosani stressed the importance of Abu Dhabi Police’s attendance at the conference to showcase their role in ensuring the city’s status as the world’s safest city.

“Many of our exhibits in this exhibition serve an educational purpose to benefit the community. For instance, ‘Chance of Hope,’ which is part of the Drugs Enforcement Directorate, aims to educate people and show them how they can prevent and treat any addiction-related issues they may encounter,” he said.

Artificial intelligence has contributed to developing the systems and procedures of Abu Dhabi Police and to adapting to international changes, the official said.

“We at Saif Bin Zayed Academy have developed the virtual training centre, which can create numerous scenarios in virtual reality. It can teach and develop itself based on the behaviour of the students and the trainees,” he noted.

In conversation with Aletihad, Laila Al Shimmari, Section Manager of Developing and Delivering VA Content at the Vocational Educational Affairs Division, spoke about Rabdan Academy’s participation in the conference as a strategic partner with Abu Dhabi Police and ADNEC.

“We aim at improving artificial intelligence and cybersecurity technology for defence, internal affairs, and community use. This involves acquiring specialised programmes for hands-on defence and security scenarios,” she said.

Al Shimmari added that Rabdan Academy, as part of ISNR 2024, is committed to presenting best technology practices and providing clients with valuable resources and tools for defence and security.
She further emphasised that ISNR 2024 presents a crucial opportunity for Rabdan Academy to tailor to the needs of the workforce and to meet the objectives forecast for 2030.

“We are exploring potential partnerships with existing exhibitors as well, in order for us to stay up to date with designing and developing programmes, and also providing methods that will enhance our workforce and improve the quality of training both in the classroom and in the field,” Al Shimmari stated.

Also speaking to Aletihad, Jay Malley, K9 Project Manager at Worldwide K9 Academy, expressed their keenness in integrating advanced security technology into K9 units to ensure safety and protect lives.

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