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ISAC to guard banks from cyber attacks
September 15, 2017
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DUBAI: As part of nationwide efforts to ensure full protection for the country’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats, the UAE Banks Federation (UBF), on Thursday launched its first Information Sharing and Analysis Centre, ISAC, powered by Anomali, provider of market-leading threat intelligence platforms.

It will initially bring together 13 banks’ cyber security data in Anomali’s ThreatStream platform. This will aggregate, correlate, and analyse threat data from multiple sources in real-time to support defensive actions. Founding members include HSBC, CBD, ADCB, Barclays, CBI, Citibank, ENBD, FAB, Mashreq, Noorbank, SCB, ADIB, and NBF. Professional body UBF and the ISAC are set to grow in a phased approach to encompass all of UBF’s member banks.

“We are proud to bring the 2017 Cyber Threat Intelligence Initiative into implementation; our partnership with Anomali to build this platform will allow banks to get quipped with the tools and intelligence to better identify, protect, detect and respond to cyber-attacks. It will help to establish the importance and value of seamlessly collecting, sharing and analysing data, while allowing for anonymous reporting. Together, we can then reduce sensitive data exposure and make more informed decisions and investment strategies,” said Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of UBF.

At a press conference marking the launch, Al Ghurair further clarified that commencing with a membership of 13 banks for the platform, UBF expects this number will grow to include all 48 banks in the UAE, members of the Dubai International Financial Centre as well as the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and then on to other financial institutions that wish to join and perhaps much later, look at the possibility to partner with others in the region.

The new UBF-ISAC lays the foundations for a fruitful relationship, and aims to enhance the understanding of threat intelligence, showcase the value of collaboration, and provide ongoing training.

The ISAC is powered by Anomali’s ThreatStream platform, which helps to order and interpret the ever growing amount of threat data available to organisations from internal and third-party sources.


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