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14 Jun 2023

The Polytechnic Challenge in Information Security Skills in partnership with the UAE Cyber Security Council

The first edition of the Polytechnic Cybersecurity Skills Challenge was organized by Abu Dhabi Polytechnic in collaboration with the UAE Cyber Security Council, with the participation of 223 students from Polytechnic. The aim of this challenge is to develop national competencies in the field of cybersecurity and prepare them to provide the necessary security services to protect the vital data and information of the United Arab Emirates. This challenge is one of the leading initiatives in supporting digital transformation and technological development in the country and enhancing the capabilities of specialists in the field of cybersecurity.

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of the Cyber Security Council of the UAE Government, said: The UAE has made significant progress in the field of cybersecurity, as it recently ranked fifth in the world, and our goal is to manufacture national cadres who are able to continue the country's efforts in achieving distinguished qualitative leaps, explaining the importance of this challenge in achieving the goals of the Council in the cybersecurity sector.

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti emphasized that the Cyber Security Council is keen on collaborating with all relevant entities, including the Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Center, and seeks to enhance and create a secure and trusted digital environment in the United Arab Emirates, amidst the increasing cyber threats. He explained that the goal is to make cybersecurity a general and daily culture that includes everyone.

Dr. Ali Hilal Al-Nuaimi, the Director of Abu Dhabi Polytechnic , explained that this challenge put the cybersecurity students at Polytechnic Abu Dhabi to real tests, expressing his confidence in the specialized abilities of the Polytechnic students, who represent distinguished national competencies capable of achieving cybersecurity in institutions according to the highest international standards. He pointed out that the performance evaluation committee, which included international experts, selected eight students to win prizes in the four tracks, with two students in each track, reflecting the high-quality specialized abilities of the Polytechnic students.

This challenge is considered one of the most important tests that reveal students' capabilities and readiness in the field of cybersecurity and information security, as the Cyber Security Council seeks to progress and develop in order to prevent cyberattacks and risks and to spread the culture of cybersecurity in all segments of Emirati society.