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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received the ISO 27001:2013 certification from the British Standards Institute for secure management of information.

The standard is the highest in the management of data at a global scale, according to a statement.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said:  “DEWA launched its security strategy 2021 in line with the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, which was launched to provide integrated cyberspace protection and support innovation in cyberspace.

This ensures the Emirate’s position as a world leader in innovation, safety, security, and excellence. At DEWA, we are committed to providing electricity and water services according to the highest levels of availability, efficiency, and reliability.”

The CEO says his utility firm received the standard following various efforts to adopt latest and resilient cybersecurity solutions, which would make Dubai a model smart city.

He said cybersecurity is key to unlocking smart city services in this age of the 4th industrial revolution characterised by an increase in the use of smart technologies including IoT.

“We adopt the latest global cybersecurity standards and are constantly examining all the possibilities and risks that may affect the operational processes or the quality of services. We have preventive measures to manage any potential threats to information security by implementing an effective information security corporate policy based on the highest international standards and practices.”

The development follows DEWA being certified with the ISO 27001:2005 in 2010, which was updated to the ISO 27001:2013 in 2014.

The latest standard enables the cybersecurity solution to cover 30 locations, 13 sectors, and over 11,000 employees.

Enhancing its cybesecurity through cooperation with regional and international organisations, DEWA says it will be able to tackle different current and future challenges.