Thursday, June 24, 2021

Abu Dhabi’s innovation hub launches UAE’s first cloud security programme

With high-speed connectivity in place and availability of digital tools, cloud storage is a game-changer for businesses looking to boost online presence in the Middle East. But the heavy reliance on the virtual service also requires enhanced focus on data security through innovation.

Abu Dhabi’s tech hub TII has already made a mark by setting up a crypto library which focuses on helping cyber-security professionals to safeguard quantum computers. Using a similar approach to the current rise of cloud computing, the Technology Innovation Institute has launched the first Emirati initiative to fortify cloud security.

Going beyond development of tools to enhance privacy of individuals and entities, TII’s crypto research centre will also strengthen homomorphic encryption. This technology will allow users to work on files which are protected by encryption, without having to decrypt them first.

The programme will also focus on a system which will enable professionals to enter data for computations, while these inputs remain private the entire time. The team working on this initiative will also create hardware designed specifically for FHE, so that computations can be automated with state of the art security in place.

Although neighbouring emirates are adoption the best technology on offer with Dubai emerging as a hub of digitisation, Abu Dhabi has made a name for fostering futuristic innovation. The Emirati capital’s Technology Innovation Institute is also set to be home to UAE’s very own quantum computer, which is a big leap forward in terms of processing power.

In addition to these initiatives, the ecosystem is also enabling development of high speed public transport system hyperloop, which is expected to revolutionise the daily commute for Emiratis.

Considering the rapidly increasing role of machine learning in public services, smart homes and mobility in the region, Abu Dhabi is preparing local talent for the future with the world’s first AI university,

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