Cyber Operations Centre at Khalifa University

Centre to research cyber security critical to energy infrastructure


Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi has teamed up with Cassidan and Emiraje systems to open a new on-campus Cyber Operations Centre of Excellence.

The centre will focus on researching the security of industrial control systems critical to energy infrastructure, encryption and digital forensics, encouraging the development of intellectual property in the field of cyber operations.

Prof. Tod Laursen, President of Khalifa University, said: “The opening of the Cyber Operations Centre of Excellence fits perfectly with Khalifa University’s strategic goal, which is building capacity to support Abu Dhabi’s vision 2030 to build a knowledge-based economy. Additionally, we have developed a number of academic programs and research initiatives that together work towards achieving that strategic goal.”

The centre will also be designed to enhance research capability in specified cyber technology areas, including networking security, mobility security, cryptology, forensics and embedded devices such as industrial control systems.

Emiraje Systems MD Abdulaziz Al Khaili said: “The students who will successfully undergo these courses will be invaluable resources for the country’s development. National expertise on such sensitive topics is key to secure the fast-expanding information infrastructure of the UAE, whether for private ventures or for the nation’s defence and security.”


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