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UAE central bank to set up a dedicated department to deal with cyber attacks

UAE Central Bank is taking measures to mitigate risks arising out of cyber-attacks and is planning to set up a dedicated department to deal with the issue, its governor said in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

“Cyber risks go hand in hand with digitalization of financial services,” said Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of UAE Central Bank, while speaking at Middle East Banking Forum.

“The UAE central bank has taken a coordinated effort with the UAE National Electronic Security Authority to set up minimum required standards for financial institutions under our jurisdiction and a dedicated department will be set up at the central bank to make sure that these standards are implemented,” he added.

He also said a joint working group with UAE Banks Federation was set up to follow up progress on the developments and make recommendation on cyber risks.

UAE central bank is also coordinating with stakeholders to increase awareness among users on cyber risks and how to mitigate them.

Speaking on the fintech industry, he said it is lagging in the Middle East region due to lack of competition, limited funding of research and development and inappropriate regulatory frameworks.

“There is a need to improve cooperation between regulatory institutions so that financial institutions have the right incentives to adapt to digital platform and other cost effective innovation solutions.”

Source: Gulf News

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