UAE promotes cybersecurity


United Arab Emirates company Majid Al Futtaim Retail, among the top supermarket retailers in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa, earned top honors for following best practices in cybersecurity. 

During Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), a consumer trade show in Dubai in October 2021, Majid Al Futtaim was singled out by Trend Micro Inc. for its efforts at securing its chain of hundreds of grocery stores. Majid is franchisee and operator for the French-based Carrefour chain. 

Trend Micro said Majid is responsible for protecting more than 10,000 computers, laptops and mobile devices and 2,500 servers from intrusions by hackers and criminals. 

“These last five years have been nothing
short of spectacular in protecting Majid Al Futtaim Retail’s digital transformation journey. … We
are honored to be part of this journey,” said
Dr. Moataz bin Ali, vice president and managing director for Trend Micro.

Established by Majid Al Futtaim in 1992 and named after him, the company is a Dubai-based Emirati holding company that operates shopping malls and leisure establishments in addition to the deal with Carrefour.   

Trend Micro Inc. is a U.S.-Japanese multinational cybersecurity software corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and Irving, Texas, United States.

Aware of growing cyber threats worldwide, the UAE exerts considerable efforts to stay ahead of the curve in addressing potential cybersecurity threats. Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, advisor to the Emirati government on cybersecurity, urged vigilance during the International Government Communication Forum 2021 held in Sharjah in September 2021.

Al-Kuwaiti advocated information sharing among national cybersecurity task forces to raise awareness of the need to protect devices in the governmental and private sectors. 

Attended by 79 experts from 11 countries, the two-day International Government Communication Forum 2021 promoted the exchange of expertise and strategies on protecting rapidly evolving global communications. 
Sources: Emirates News Agency, Al Ittihad,

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