Abu Dhabi Digital Authority launches campaign to boost cybersecurity awareness 
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Abu Dhabi Digital Authority launches campaign to boost cybersecurity awareness 

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority launches campaign to boost cybersecurity awareness 

The awareness will enable ADDA to spread the culture of cybersecurity among Abu Dhabi government employees and the general public

Neesha Salian
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The Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) has launched a cybersecurity awareness campaign in cooperation with the Cyber Security Council.

This campaign is one among several initiatives that ADDA is working on as part of the pillars and objectives of the Abu Dhabi Government cybersecurity strategy, which aims to reduce cyber threats and risks, promote a culture of cybersecurity, and spread awareness as an effective means to confront cybercrimes.

The awareness campaign was launched last month, highlighting the importance of engaging all users of cyberspace in efforts to protect it from rising digital threats and attacks.

In September, the campaign is focusing on the importance of safeguarding passwords to protect users in cyberspace.

In October, the campaign will shift the focus to data privacy and spreading awareness about the importance of protecting personal data and avoiding sharing it with others to evade exposure to hacking attempts, which may cause users material, financial, personal or social harm.

The campaign will conclude in November where it will highlight ways to avoid social engineering attacks, which include a series of techniques that are used to trick users into taking certain steps or revealing confidential and personal information that may make them vulnerable to hackers.

Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid Al Askar, director general of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, pointed out that the awareness campaign is an essential component of the cybersecurity strategy in Abu Dhabi, which aims to create a secure digital environment according to the best global practices in this field.

Al Askar said: “This campaign is very significant because it will enable us to spread the culture of cybersecurity among Abu Dhabi government employees and the general public, and raise the level of their cyber maturity, by promoting safe and correct cybersecurity practices within and outside the work environment as well as emphasise the importance of their role in protecting cyberspace.”

Amna Al Blooki, the director of Cyber Security Regulation and Compliance at the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, said: “We must work to develop the sense of cyber responsibility among government employees in particular, and members of society in general, to protect the country’s resources and ensure the security of governmental and non-governmental data to ward off the risks of cyber-attacks and the reduction of losses that may be caused by hackers.”

Al Blooki pointed out that the authority has prepared toolkits containing flyers, videos and awareness content to be shared with Abu Dhabi government employees, in addition to emailers, wallpapers and email signature designs to ensure that the campaign has a widespread reach.

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