Mitigating cyber threats, and ensuring the development of a secure national information and communications infrastructure, and cyberspace, is a strategic priority for the UAE. To this end, SIA, formerly NESA developed the UAE Information Assurance (IA) Standards as a critical element of the National Information Assurance Framework (NIAF) to provide requirements for elevating the level of Information Assurance across all implementing entities in the UAE.
Compliance with NESA, SIA will raise the level of national Information Assurance and help the UAE progress towards a more resilient national information and communication infrastructure, and cyberspace. All UAE government entities and other entities identified as critical by NESA, SIA are obligated to implement these Standards. However, NESA highly recommends all entities in the UAE to adopt these Standards on a voluntary basis, as applicable, in order to participate in raising the nation minimum-security levels.
At AHAD our comprehensive approach solution and services offering for UAE Federal entities help them establish, implement, maintain, and continuously improve information assurance as per NESA, SIA compliance requirements.
NESA designates the critical entities, as per the UAE Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) Policy, mandated to implement the UAE Information Assurance and apply its requirements to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data, and the systems and processes used for those purposes. This includes information in physical or electronic form that may be owned, leased, or otherwise in the possession, custody, or control of the entities.
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