Mar 21 2012
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Protection of vital information assets to be explored at inaugural HCT-VCU cyber security workshop
Abu Dhabi, March 21, 2012: The importance of safeguarding vital corporate and personal information will be scrutinized at today's inaugural HCT -VCU cyber security workshop, held at the CERT Technology Park Abu Dhabi.
The one-day workshop, entitled Cyber Security: Meeting the Challenge, is jointly hosted by the UAE's largest higher education institution, the Higher Colleges of Technology ( HCT ), and the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business (VCU), based in the USA.
Workshop participants will interact with some of the world's leading exponents on cyber information security - Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon, Dr. Ian Angell and Dr. Karin Hedstrom. The Dean of the VCU School of Business, Ed Grier, will also address the audience, while H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology will deliver the keynote speech.
Dr. Ian Angell is Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics and is an expert on Information Systems. He is an advisor to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO, the European Security Forum and to the UK's House of Commons Parliamentary Information Technology Committee. For the past ten years he has concentrated on the issues of strategic information systems, organizational and IT policies.
The workshop is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two institutions in November 2011, which provides for the parties to explore the possibilities of a jointly offering a Master of Science in Information Systems (Cyber Security Concentration) program and establishing a joint center of excellence in information security to help train employees in local institutions. Once accredited the Master degree will be the Middle East's first information security academic program.
According to a global survey of executives on information security this year by PricewaterhouseCoopers, only 20% of Middle East companies have an information security strategy for either cloud computing, mobile devices, or social media. Additionally, over a quarter of survey respondents did not know what data privacy safeguards their organization had in place.
Ed Grier, Dean of the VCU School of Business said the workshop was an integral aspect of the two institutions' partnership which is focusing on strengthening information security in the region.
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology said the workshop would play an important role in engaging with, and educating the corporate, governmental and community sectors about the needs for protecting information assets.
"We are very pleased to be working collaboratively with the University to produce this vital workshop, which will help to meet the specific needs of the local industry and the community at large, bringing a greater awareness of information security principles to the region," Dr Kamali said.
"It will also assist in helping to encourage the development of the next generation of highly skilled information security experts in this growing field," he added.
Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon said the security of information and data was vital in the growing Middle East economies in order to thwart "info criminals" interested in computer-stored and generated data.
"Companies and governments must have the necessary people and knowledge to protect their information, which is an incredibly valuable commodity in our digitally-connected society," Dr. Dhillon said.
The collaboration with HCT has enhanced VCU's educational commitment to the Gulf region. In 1998, it established a campus in Qatar, which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic, interior design and painting & printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies.
Higher Colleges of Technology
Founded in 1988 with four colleges, The Higher Colleges of Technology has grown to be the largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative learning. More than 19,000 students attend 17 modern men's and women's campuses in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and the western region of Madinat Zayed and Ruwais.
HCT offers more than 90 different, English-taught programs in Applied Communications, Business, Education, Engineering Technology, Computer & Information Sciences, General Education and Health Sciences. These programs are all relevant to the UAE's fast growing and evolving economic sectors. All programs are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure that the skills students learn are job-relevant and to high standards. They are constantly monitored to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry standards and technological change. Visit www.hct.ac.ae
About VCU and the VCU School of Business
Located in Richmond, Virginia, a city consistently ranked one of the nation's best places for business and careers, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 211 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU's 13 schools and one college.
The VCU School of Business offers a tradition of forward-thinking academic excellence and connections with businesses in our region and around the globe. It ranks in the top 100 best undergraduate business programs according to U.S. News & World Report (2011). The part-time M.B.A. program is ranked nationally at No. 51 by Bloomberg Businessweek (2011). The Princeton Review includes VCU in its Best Business Schools guide. VCU Business maintains the distinction of being one of only 637 business schools, or less than 5 percent worldwide, to have earned accreditation by the prestigious AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and one of just 176 schools to hold specialized accreditation by AACSB for its accounting programs.
The school's undergraduate program in information systems was among the first to be accredited by the leading engineering and technology board, ABET Inc. VCU Business boasts more than 25,000 graduates and offers students an extensive selection of degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, certificate and doctoral levels.
For more information visit www.vcu.edu
For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
HCT Corporate Communications Executive,
Office of the Vice Chancellor.
Phone: 02 404 8543. Mobile: 050 616 0964
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