UAE’s Cyber Security Council selects external partners

06 June 2022 4 min. read

The UAE’s Cyber Security Council has over the past weeks signed multiple collaboration agreements with external service providers.

Established in November 2020, the Cyber Security Council is tasked with developing and overseeing a cyber security strategy for the UAE, and creating a safe and strong cyber infrastructure in the Emirates.

Working together with Cyber Protection X, Deloitte, Amazon Web Services, and Huawei, the Cyber Security Council aims to professionalise a range of its capabilities and services to public sector entities.

UAE’s Cyber Security Council selects external partners


The memorandum of understanding with Cyber Protection X (CPX), a recently launched cyber consultancy and technology firm based in Abu Dhabi (300 employees), focuses on building cyber capabilities of government and semi-government entities across the United Arab Emirates. UAE’s Cyber Security Council

CPX will help governments conduct a cyber assessment to establish the current cyber security posture, and then help with the implementation of cyber solutions to close any gaps.

Cyber Security Council and CPX

The CEO of CPX, Khaled Al Melhi, said: “Organisations that invest in improving their cyber maturity, do better. We are proud to partner with the NCSC and UAE government entities on this journey, limiting their exposure to cyber threats and increasing their exposure to opportunities to innovate and thrive.”


The partnership with Deloitte is aimed at building cyber capabilities within the UAE. The Big Four firm will support with CERT guidelines, cyber trainings, the realisation of the cyber security strategy, and ensuring that international best practices are introduced within the Cyber Security Council.

Cyber Security Council and Deloitte

Commenting on the project win, Tariq Ajmal, Cyber Leader at Deloitte in the Middle East, said: “We look forward to working with the Cyber Security Council in bringing their vision to life. Our Cybersecurity practice in the region brings forth a wide array of experience and industry knowledge, backed by the global Deloitte network.”

Ziad El Haddad, Partner in Deloitte’s Cyber practice, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Cyber Security Council in the UAE to further advance the cyber security agenda in the Emirates. The development of these initiatives will allow us to better protect citizens, organisations and nations against cyber threats that are increasingly prevalent in today’s geopolitical and economic landscape.”

Amazon Web Services

Working together with Amazon Web Services, the Cyber Security Council will support (semi-)government entities with accelerating their migration to the cloud (hosted on the AWS backbone).

Cyber Security Council and AWS

According to a joint press release, AWS’s cloud infrastructure will help public sector entities enhance their cyber operations in areas including storage, networking, database, analytics, machine learning, innovation, and incident prevention and tracking.

Under the memorandum of understanding, a steering committee will also be established with representation from the Cyber Security Council and Amazon Web Services to consult, cooperate, and share best practices in cloud cybersecurity.


The deal with Huawei, one of the world’s biggest makers of telecoms equipment, focuses on the development of research and thought leadership in the area of cybersecurity, to be led by a still to be formed independent joint think tank.

Cyber Security Council and Huawei

Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer at Huawei in the UAE, said: “We are honoured to be partnering with the National Cybersecurity Council. Huawei is committed to supporting the UAE’s efforts as the country accelerates its digital transformation journey. This partnership will also help recognise Huawei’s long-term commitment to sustainable development in the UAE.”

Commenting on the different memorandum of understandings, Mohammad Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity at the UAE Government, said: “We want to ensure that cyber security grows into a thriving and sustainable sector within the national economy for decades to come. We are excited to be signing these agreements in line with our mission of developing a comprehensive cybersecurity operation and creating a safe and strong cyber infrastructure.”