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DEWA achieves highest information security certification

Comprehensive systems are in place to ensure maximum protection in line with leading-edge international governance

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has obtained ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the highest international standard in Information Security Management Systems. The accreditation is said to have followed rigorous evaluation and auditing processes by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

According to a statement from DEWA, it first obtained the ISO certificate (27001:2005) in 2010, which was then updated four years later. Following that, the scope of application of certification standards was expanded to include all sectors and operations of the Dubai utility in 2018. This helped in obtaining the ISO certificate (27001:2013) most recently, the firm noted.

Managing Director & CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said DEWA was in fact a pioneer in adopting the best international standards in information security and agile governance, studying all possibilities and risks that may affect its strategic plans, operations and the quality of its services.

In early January 2023, Digital DEWA launched the first AI-driven cyber security system and, the utility firm said over two million smart metres were installed across the city.

“We proactively seek to manage any risks that may threaten information security by implementing an effective organisational policy for information security. We also adopt the best solutions and technologies to ensure the security and reliability of DEWA’s services,” he stated.

The Dubai utility is said to have adopted a comprehensive system to ensure electronic security based on a governance framework, continuously developed in line with the Dubai Electronic Security Strategy and the National Cyber Security Strategy.

DEWA is also committed to introducing its employees and work teams to the latest security solutions, in order to be able to deal with the many current and future security challenges; it also co-operates with regional and international leaders in information security systems, the statement concluded.

Also in early January 2023, DEWA said 58.4% of works had been completed on its $387mn Hatta Hydroelectric Power Plant.

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