UAE Reaffirms Cooperation with the US and Global Partners to Counter Ransomware

November 4, 2022

Washington, DC (4 November, 2022) – A UAE delegation led by HE Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cyber Security Council, participated in the 2022 International Counter Ransomware Initiative (CRI) Summit hosted by the White House in Washington, DC. The UAE underscored its commitment to working with CRI and private sector partners around the world to counter the spread and impact of ransomware.

HE Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti said, “At the CRI Summit, members reaffirmed the joint commitment to building collective resilience to ransomware, cooperating to disrupt ransomware and pursue the actors responsible, countering illicit finance that underpins the ransomware ecosystem, working with the private sector to defend against ransomware attacks, and continuing to cooperate internationally across all elements of the ransomware threat.”

During the Summit, HE Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti and Aviram Atzaba, Executive Director for International Cooperation at the Israel National Cyber Directorate, led a presentation on a concept to establish an international ransomware observatory to enhance information sharing among CRI members and improve response time to enable more effective disruption.

The UAE collaborates with the US and other global partners to enhance strategies and implement best practices aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. Among other initiatives, the UAE contributed to the establishment of a data exchange platform between CRI members to facilitate information sharing and proactive readiness for ransomware-related cyber threats.

In addition to the UAE and the US, the CRI is comprised of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, and the EU.