|14 October, 2019

UBF and SWIFT collaborate to combat cyberattacks and electronic fraud in the UAE's banking industry

Industry experts convened to discuss how the implementation of SWIFT's "Customer Security Programme" can support customers in combatting cybercrime in the UAE banking industry

UBF and SWIFT collaborate to combat cyberattacks and electronic fraud in the UAE's banking industry

Abu Dhabi: In a collective effort to promote a secure and stable financial landscape in the UAE, UAE Banks Federation (UBF), in partnership with SWIFT, the leading provider of secure financial messaging services, today hosted the ‘SWIFT Customer Security Programme (CSP)’ conference.  CSP conference, which took place in Abu Dhabi, witnessed industry experts come together to discuss how the widespread implementation of SWIFT CSP can support banks in combatting all types of threat of cyberattacks by equipping them with necessary information and tools to mitigate electronic financial frauds.

SWIFT CSP is an initiative aimed at reinforcing the overall security of the global banking system by improving information sharing throughout the community, enhancing SWIFT-related tools for customers, sharing best practices for fraud detection and enhancing support by third party providers. Through the program, SWIFT has also recently launched the Customer Security Control Framework (CSCF), which outlines a series of compulsory and advisory security controls for customers, which can help them strengthen and improve cyber security standards across the UAE.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E AbdulAziz Ghurair, Chairman of UBF, said: “On the back of accelerated technological innovation, the threat of cybercrime has significantly increased over the years, and the localized instances of payment fraud have reiterated the necessity for greater and more extensive partnerships to solve these issues. In line with our commitment to foster a safer and more protected banking environment across the UAE, we are delighted to collaborate with SWIFT to encourage the industry-wide adoption of the SWIFT CSP. Cybercriminals are becoming quickly smarter, and we are developing more sophisticated technologies that are becoming fundamental for banks to implement innovative platforms that promote improved transaction processes and provide relief and security for customers.”

Onur Ozan, Head of the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, SWIFT, said: “With the Customer Security Programme, SWIFT is reinforcing the security of the entire global banking system. Worldwide, financial institutions are adopting SWIFT’s CSP as attackers prove increasingly determined and cunning. The CSP is delivering tangible results, supporting institutions in stepping up to this growing threat.”

The conference included several discussions focusing on SWIFT CSP and CSCF initiatives and the profound impact that such could have on finance and banking environment, emphasizing the evolution of the payment landscape as a primary reason to adopt safer security measures.

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For further information, please contact:

Dr. Soha Emam

UAE Banks Federation

Tel No.:  +971 2 446 7706

e-mail: Soha@uaebf.ae 

Mary Khamasmieh

Weber Shandwick

Mobile No.: +971502731753

e-mail: MKhamasmieh@webershandwick.com 

Jonathan Fisher

Weber Shandwick

Mobile No.: +971529359464

email: JFisher@webershandwick.com 

Sara Abuhassira

Weber Shandwick

Mobile No.: +971504115226

e-mail: SAbuhassira@webershandwick.com 

About UAE Banks Federation:

Established in 1982, UAE Banks Federation is a professional representative body comprising 52-member banks operating in the UAE. The Federation advocates all banks' interests, and enhances cooperation and coordination among them, to promote and upgrade UAE's banking sector for the benefit of banks, customers, and the overall UAE economy.

UAE Banks Federation's mission and objectives are focused on representing its member banks and defending their interests and rights. The federation provides a platform for cooperation and exchange of ideas and expertise among member banks and plays a major role in raising public awareness around the beneficial role and distinctive financial, economic and social contribution of banks to the UAE.

The Federation has a CEOs Advisory Council that consists of 28 Banks' CEOs which oversees the implementation of UBF's policies, follows up on UBF's activities and makes necessary decisions, by the General Secretariat of UBF and its 20 specialized technical committees who discuss all relevant banking issues.

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