MBRF, DarkMatter team up to develop UAE cybersecurity talent

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation first to sign up to the Associate Talent Programme by DarkMatter

The partnership seeks to develop a steady stream of local professionals capable of taking on the challenges of cybersecurity.
The partnership seeks to develop a steady stream of local professionals capable of taking on the challenges of cybersecurity.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and DarkMatter Group will collaborate to develop digital talent for the UAE’s cyber security sector.

DarkMatter Group has created the Associate Talent Programme (ATP), an initiative that will see the cybersecurity company partner with universities and government organisations in the UAE to jointly develop and employ local cybersecurity talent. The MBRF is the first signatory to the new programme. An MoU was signed by HE Jamal bin Huwaireb, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai & CEO of MBRF, and Dr Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group, at the Knowledge Summit.

“The agreement we’ve signed today seeks to support the UAE in achieving the Vision 2021 agenda and we are committed to investing in a competitive knowledge economy, which is crucial not only for Dubai and MBRF, but the entire nation,” said HE bin Huwaireb.

“The growth of the cyber security industry and the investment made by companies such as DarkMatter Group has been significant and we want to ensure it remains a thriving and sustainable sector within the national economy for decades to come,” he added.

DarkMatter’s Sabbagh said the long-term success of the company is contingent on developing a pipeline of UAE experts and innovators in the digital technology and cyber security domains.

“We focus on attracting talented and creative Emirati employees to our business. Moreover, we must do so by engaging with the elite educational institutions, as together we can create a framework where we can identify and incubate these talents. We expect our engagement to start while these exceptional young minds are completing their studies and to continue as they graduate and build their professional careers,” Sabbagh said.

“Today’s partnership announcement with MBRF will be an important step in the future development of the industry across the UAE. We need to ensure there is a steady stream of local professionals taking on the challenges of cyber security and delivering solutions that keep the wider digitisation of the economy on track,” he added.

The ATP programme will see a series of collaborations between the public and private sectors on research and the publication of data. It will be focused on the acquisition of talent, promoting research and IP while supporting wider moves towards digitisation for the whole of the country.

Under this initiative, DarkMatter Group will hire and develop talented individuals currently studying in the fields of computer science, software development, data science, cyber security and STEM fields. MBRF will support by recruiting top graduates from across its network and partners, which includes the Ministry of Youth, Emirates Scientists Council, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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