du finalises partnership agreement with Thales to enhance data security processes and meet evolving regulatory compliance in the UAE

The leading data protection specialist will work with du to enhance the telco provider's Digital Trust portfolio and Cybersecurity Defense Centre

du finalises partnership agreement with Thales to enhance data security processes and meet evolving regulatory compliance in the UAE
  • Data security will be enhanced on-premises and in all cloud environments to support UAE enterprises and government entities
  • The partnership became official with a signing ceremony at GITEX Technology Week 2021

Dubai: du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today announced details of a new partnership agreement with Thales, a worldwide leader in data protection, that will ensure the leading UAE telecommunications provider leverages Thales’ technology to enhance the du Cybersecurity Defense Centre and Digital Trust portfolio. With data breaches increasing in frequency throughout the digital landscape and regulatory requirements mandating related compliance becomes more stringent, du has prioritised its focus on enhancing sensitive data security, both on-premises and in cloud environments. The partnership was made official with a signing ceremony at GITEX Technology Week 2021, which is currently taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until October 21st.

Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Technology Officer , du, said: “Now more than ever, the telecommunications and ICT arenas demand advanced data security solutions that deliver the best possible outcomes continuously. du has always engaged with external partners to combat threats and prevent potential digital discrepancies from presenting themselves and negatively impacting clients and communities. And as such, we are delighted to make our collaboration with Thales official under the banner of GITEX 2021. The enterprises and government entities we support can rest assured that every data security component will become even more enhanced in due course. Related activities will ultimately be beneficial for all, subsequently upgrading security postures, securing in-country data, and elevating our process-driven and defense-in-depth approach.”

As a result of the new partnership, data will be more protected against evolving threats, with Thales data protection products providing welcome confidentiality, integrity. Organisational security and compliance will become more robust and the total cost of ownership will be reduced. du will avail lower operational costs and capital expenditures, as well as optimised staff efficiency and productivity, by leveraging integrated Thales services. 

These benefits will ultimately come to fruition via several key products. Thales CipherTrust Data Discovery and Classification will broaden sensitive data visibility with efficient data discovery, classification, and risk analysis across heterogeneous data stores, such as the cloud, big data, and traditional environments. At the same time, Thales Key Management will streamline and strengthen key management processes in cloud and enterprise environments over a diverse set of applications. Furthermore, critical data and digital identities will be protected in high-assurance, FIPS 140-2-verified, tamper-resistant Thales Luna hardware security modules (HSMs).

Sebastien Pavie, VP Sales Southern EMEA, Data Protection solutions, Thales, added: “We are proud to be providing businesses with the necessary capabilities to protect and manage essential data through encryption, advanced key management, tokenisation, and authentication and access management through this collaboration. We look forward to supporting du moving forward, and GITEX 2021 marks the beginning of what promises to be an effective and successful partnership.”

du provides cybersecurity solutions that enable organisations to manage risk, take a proactive approach to security, adopt digital solutions with confidence, and build cybersecurity postures that continually provide protection in a rapidly changing threat landscape. Supported by Wipro, du’s Cybersecurity Defense Center comprises a set of proven processes, leading technologies, and a global team of trusted security researchers and analysts to enable efficient incident detection, analysis, and response. The new partnership will drive efforts to refine and expand cybersecurity capabilities to ensure the best possible protection against cyber-attacks.


About du

Operating under the steadfast umbrella of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), du is an integral driver of the UAE’s economic, social and digital transformation. Thriving on digitally innovating all facets of the contemporary telecom experience, we touch the lives of millions of customers everyday as a dedicated enabler of connectivity, continuity and growth across consumer and enterprise segments. Whether delivering state-of-the-art Smart City infrastructure, bespoke enterprise ICT solutions, government communications, secure data solutions, or the very best in home entertainment and value, we are a reliable telco and ICT player shaping the future of communication for a more connected tomorrow.


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