THE UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) discussed the most important cyber security issues such as attacking phone privacy, international cyber jurisdiction and child exploitation via Internet, with Black Hat, a global leader in IT security systems.
The three-day event was held in Abu Dhabi where experts discussed the latest in IT security issues, trends and solutions including how to identify vulnerabilities within radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. The event took place at Emirates Palace from Monday to Thursday.
TRA, in the discussion, was represented by the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), in cooperation with Khalifa University of Science and Technology with UBM. The event was first of its kind in the Middle East.
Of all of the topics covered at Black Hat Abu Dhabi, the one that impacts on the most industries is probably RFID, affecting everything from hospitals and transport companies to hotels and airports.
Insecure RFID implementation on Passports and Government ID Documents for Automatic Immigration (E-Gates) is perhaps one of the most serious and can result in faked documents and stolen identities.
Director General of TRA Mohammed Al Ghanim said, “During the first two days, many important topics were discussed covering critical issues such as cyber network defence, designing secure protocol and the method-based hacker thinking, skills and techniques.”
The digital world is evolving and changing at lightning speed; it has become critically important for all of us to be aware of latest updates and necessary procedures to protect our data.
“This is the reason behind our meeting - pursuing a safer cyber environment,” Ghanim added.
He said that safety for normal users, governmental bodies, and the private sector is one of the TRA priorities; therefore, they had decided to establish the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), which is a TRA initiative aiming at enhancing information security awareness across our country.
“One of our goals was to develop national expertise in the fields of information security, incident management and computer forensics. The team aims to provide a central point of contact for cyber security incident reporting in the UAE.”
“Coordination with international Computer Security Incident Response Teams has always been part of our plans, which represents a very useful tool to exchange expertise, while benefiting from the experience of industry experts,” he noted.
According to Ghanim, “the importance of the Abu Dhabi Black Hat springs from the grave impact of online threats. Protecting our data and networks is no longer an easy task in light of the diversity of sophisticated threats that have spread on the Internet. We need to make more efforts and to keep on looking for the latest technologies.”
Lukas Grunwald, CTO of DN-Systems Enterprise Internet Solutions GmbH, spoke on ‘RFID Enabled Passports and Government ID Documents,’ a presentation showcasing the risks of “Insecure” RFID implementation on Passports and Government ID Documents for Automatic Immigration (E-Gates), as well how easily an identity could be stolen.
Adam Laurie, a freelance security consultant working in the field of electronic communications, discussed ‘RFID Security’ in a presentation focusing on how RFID is being heralded as the answer to many security problems, such as access control, vending, and biometric identification and how effective it really is.