Researchers in Abu Dhabi build first national crypto library for the UAE
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Researchers in Abu Dhabi build first national crypto library for the UAE

Researchers in Abu Dhabi build first national crypto library for the UAE

Library to safeguard vital and confidential sources of information

The UAE has set up the first national crypto library to enable the country to safeguard vital and confidential sources of information.

The library is an initiative of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) through its Cryptography Research Centre.

Researchers at Cryptography Research Centre, one of ATRC’s initial seven dedicated research centres, have already released multiple versions of the crypto library and are working on its integration into the UAE’s critical digital infrastructure, according to a statement from the centre.

Cryptography Research Centre currently employs and collaborates with scientists in multiple fields of cryptography such as post-quantum cryptography (PQC), hardware-based cryptography, lightweight cryptography, cryptanalysis, cryptographic protocols, and cloud encryption schemes, amongst others.

“The ever-evolving sophistication of cyberattacks should not be taken for granted,” Faisal Al Bannai, secretary-general of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) said.

“By developing a national crypto library in the UAE and integrating this within critical digital infrastructure, we can increase our security levels and build sovereign capability simultaneously.”

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The library encompasses a collection of algorithms that cryptographers use in a specific order to safeguard confidential and high-security information.

“The integration of the National Crypto Library with live systems will enable a more fluid security strategy across critical data-sensitive sectors such as finance, health-care, and telecommunications,” said Dr. Najwa Aaraj, chief researcher at Cryptography Research Centre.

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