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Dubai Smart Government to develop a shared disaster recovery site for 28 Dubai government entities

Dubai Smart Government (DSG) has announced a partnership with Etisalat to provide a unified shared disaster recovery site (SDRS) for 28 local government entities with the aim of managing a secure government information security environment, ensuring business continuity and contributing to the sustainable development of Dubai as ‘the world’s smartest city’.

H.E Ahmad Bin Humaidan, director general of Dubai Smart Government, said: “The launch of [the] SDRS comes in implementation of the decision issued by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council, on Dubai Government’s information security, which is aimed at devising an integrated strategy that would lead to a unified policy for protecting the government’s information and information systems and at providing a reliable environment for storing and recovering such information and information systems based on the world’s best practices.”

Bin Humaidan added: “The rapid developments and the nature of the current stage, which depends on the provision of government services through smart devices for our citizens’ happiness, necessitate us to ensure that these services and our back-end government ICT services are safe, protected and backed-up with the aim of gaining our customers’ satisfaction and trust. In this connection, we have been keen to comply with Dubai Government’s Information Security Regulation, particularly the 7th domain, which stipulates planning for continuity of work and activities and ensuring that IT services and infrastructure are capable of recovering from failures resulting from errors, planned attacks or disasters.”

The development of the SDRA follows recommendations made after a three month study by specialized DSG teams. The study was conducted between September and November 2013.

•Date: 21st October 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities


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