“We have entered into partnership agreements with various international vendors in the areas of cyber security,” says Abdullah Al Neaimi, CEO, SecureTech. “This is necessary being a systems integrator. “Our goal is always to collaborate with these vendors to offer end-to-end cyber-security solutions to both public and private sector customers in the region in order to help them protect critical data and infrastructure.” In the past decade, SecureTech has delivered some of the largest and most complex physical security and ICT implementations in the region. It has an end-to-end delivery team of professionals and a very vast and unique range of international partnerships to deliver cutting edge technology regionally. The company’s portfolio of offerings includes a detailed range of solutions for cyber security, network forensics, digital forensics, mobile forensics and various technologies for correlation and analytics. “These international partners have a lot of experience in the development of solutions used in the protection of critical assets from cyber-threats while SecureTech has a lot of experience working with local enterprises,” Al Neaimi says. “To us, these are win-win arrangements where we work with well-known international brands to develop custom solutions that respond to the ever changing threat landscape of cyber-security.” Various e-government programmes in the UAE have resulted in an increasing level of services being offered to the public through the Internet. The integrity of the data and the information infrastructure on which they depend requires deliberate efforts for protection from various threats. As the threat landscape is everchanging, a process-based approach that quickly responds to real and potential threats is required, Al Neaimi notes.
“My experience is that UAE governments are not only at the forefront of providing protection to its own data and the infrastructures they run on,” he says, “but that they have developed frameworks by which even the private sectors are required to comply. “Best practice is always defencein-depth. This means implementing a layered approach to information security.” SecureTech highlights three best practices that all companies should carry out to keep protected. The first is practical policies in the use of information systems within the company. Policies must have “teeth” in them that act as deterrents to any non-compliance, Al Neaimi says, and procedures must also be put in place to provide the guide on how to respond should an attack occur. The second is training and awareness. According to Al Neaimi, all employees should be made aware of the threats, vulnerabilities and risks associated with cyber security, and these should be conducted and assessed periodically. Finally, software and hardwarebased technical solutions — from anti-virus to firewalls — should be implemented by qualified professionals, SecureTech advises. Being a strong system integrator means SecureTech can leverage the premium relationships it has with vendors to custom-make solutions for its customers, Al Neaimi says. “Our customers trust us to recommend the best solution for them,” he says. “We help our partners understand the requirements of our customers. This trust brings about confidence when we work with our clients to provide them with solutions.” “The partnerships are significant as issues of cyber security are bigger than just one company. It is for this reason that we have several vendors of information security products” As a 100-percent locally owned
CEO PROFILE Eng. Abdulla Al Neaimi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SecureTech LLC, a market leader in ICT and Physical Security Solutions. A seasoned professional with a prime focus on technology and deep knowledge in domains like finance, operations and human capital investment, Al Neaimi has been the visionary behind the success story of this organisation. In 12 years of leadership, he has led the company to successfully gain credit for the top three ICT integrations in the UAE and five of the major physical security projects in the region. His Bachelor degree is in Computer engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and he also holds a Masters in Business administration from UAE University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at UAE University. and operated company, SecureTech’s is able to offer customers a different approach, which has helped it grow from only 11 staff a decade ago to over 500 today. “We just do not integrate the products, we offer solutions,” Al Neaimi says. “We like to think of ourselves as client or customer driven. Our customers, whether government or enterprise, can depend on us to find the best solution wherever they might be and to tailor a solution that best meets their environment. “We do so by working with customers to identify their requirements and then matching these requirements to solutions that are out there. Our goal always is to offer a full portfolio of solutions to our clients.” Issue 03