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18 September, 2016

du Cyber Security Conference to address cyber security concerns in a hyper connected world

· Support UAE transformative agenda and educate UAE business leaders about developments in cyber security

· du joins hands with partner sponsors Huawei, Cisco, Oracle and HP for this year's event

18 September 2016
Dubai, UAE - du is pleased to announce its third Cyber Security Conference, which will be held on October 9, 2016 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.  The event this year will bring together eminent national, regional and international personalities and businesses, and will address cyber security threats as an incumbent urgency in emerging markets. The primary aim of the event is to support the UAE government in its transformation to a smart government by highlighting information security challenges in smart cities and other national initiatives, among others. Partner sponsors of the event include Huawei and presenting sponsors will include Cisco, HP, IBM, Nokia and Oracle.

A panel of international experts will speak at the Cyber Security Conference, including Governor Tom Ridge, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Wesam Lootah. Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Smart Government, David Francis, Huawei CSO in Europe, Giuseppe Targia, VP Application & Analytics Security and IoT, Nokia and more.

This year, the event will once again host the popular hackathon with the aim of encouraging youth participation in the cyber security arena by encouraging Ethical Hacking. The event will provide a safe learning environment for young hackers, test their skills and challenge them in a competitive environment, and encourage them with a AED20,000 cash prize.

Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer, du, said: "At du, we have always seen security as a top priority, and we invest heavily in our security operations and people to ensure that we offer our customers superlative capability. Our commitment to this cause is underscored by our partnerships with leading security vendors to develop our own managed security services, in order to enable organisations achieve their business objectives confidently. As a trusted partner, we ensure that our customer experience is delivered securely with the assurance that their personal and protected information remain confidential."

"Our government's transformative agenda brings with it much excitement; however, the technology proliferation and the rate at which it is going brings about many challenges when it comes to meeting cyber security requirements. As a telecom, we see it as our responsibility to build a coalition with government and non-government partners and educate as many entities as we can about cyber security threats and how to mitigate them," he added.

During the conference, key security issues such as Cognitive Security, Security for 5G, Internet of Things, Cloud Security, and Security in the Digital Economy will be addressed. In the spirit of fostering innovation and nurturing collaboration among public private entities, du event partners, including Blue Coat, Cisco, Fortinet, Huawei, HP, IBM, Nokia, Oracle, Symantec and Wipro will all be on hand to deliver invaluable insights into new technologies and procedures.

The du Cyber Security Conference promotes the sharing information about the latest developments in cyber security, including information security risks, threats, vulnerabilities and safeguards. During its last two editions, Cyber Security Conference hosted a group of local, regional and global keynote speakers representing leading names in various key sectors. Main topics discussed varied from 'Drone Hacking' to 'Envisioning Smart City Security Challenges' and 'Security Strategies for 2020' among others. To see more information on the event and agenda, see the website www.du.ae/cybersecurity.

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About du
We started operating in 2007, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services. Today, we serve more than 8 million individual customers and over 80,000 businesses in the UAE. We also provide carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters.

We won the Gallup Great Workplace Award. Our recruitment strategy aims to provide fulfilling opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment where more than 60 nationalities work 35% of which are Emiratis. We are the first telecom company in the world to release a Sustainability Report based on GRI-G4 comprehensive guidelines. Among our other laurels, we also have the credit of being the first in the UAE to be awarded with prestigious LEED Platinum certification for 2 of our green retail outlet.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 19.75 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates International Telecommunications Company LLC and the remaining by public shareholders. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company trades under the name 'du'.

For further information, please contact:
Saugat Chatterjee
Brand & Communications
du
Mobile: +971559367045
Email: Saugat.Chatterjee@du.ae

Layal Dalal
Communications Manager
MSLGROUP
Email: layal.dalal@mslgroup.com 

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