UAE's DarkMatter announced as official Expo 2020 Dubai cyber security provider

DarkMatter will be tasked with overseeing the Expo 2020 Dubai's entire digital platform, in addition to its applications and related-data
UAE's DarkMatter announced as official Expo 2020 Dubai cyber security provider
As Expo 2020 Dubai’s official cyber security provider, DarkMatter will be tasked with overseeing the event’s entire digital platform, in addition to its applications and related-data.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 04 Jul 2018 10:55 AM

Expo 2020 Dubai is teaming up with UAE-headquartered cyber security firm DarkMatter to protect the IT infrastructure and technologies of the Expo, it was announced on Wednesday.

As Expo 2020 Dubai’s official cyber security provider, DarkMatter will be tasked with overseeing the event’s entire digital platform, in addition to its applications and related-data.

The company will provide a range of services, ranging from security management and monitoring to risk assessments, incident response and technical forensics, before, during, and after the event.

“In today’s increasingly connected world, the need for innovative cyber security solutions cannot be overstated,” said Mohammed Alhashmi, senior vice president of innovation and future technology at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Finding the best ways to ensure we operate safely and securely – with the foresight of potential issues to prevent them occurring – is critical for the Expo 2020 experience and its success.”


Mohammed Alhashmi, senior vice president of innovation and future technology at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Alhashmi added that “Cyber security is a fast evolving field, so it is important that we collaborate with industry experts like DarkMatter to develop solutions that keep Expo 2020’s digital infrastructure safe and secure.”

Additionally, DarkMatter will work with various parts of the UAE’s government to share its expertise and help the country leverage cyber security technologies beyond the Expo site.

“With innovation and technology at the heart of Expo 2020, we are delighted to partner with Expo as its official provider,” said Rabih Dabboussi, senior vice president of business development, sales and marketing at DarkMatter.

“We look forward to providing Expo 2020 with a holistic cyber security framework delivered through continuous security monitoring, risk assessment and digital forensics, to ensure it is one of the safest and most technologically secure world expos in history.”


Rabih Dabboussi, senior vice president of business development, sales and marketing at DarkMatter.

Dabboussi added that “Expo 2020 is a project of national significance.”

“We feel very proud to be playing such an important role in helping to prepare for and deliver the biggest ever event in the region,” he said.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE and with research and development centres in Canada, Finland and China, DarkMatter provides cyber security services to clients around the world, including governments, corporates and major events. With the announcement, DarkMatter becomes the Expo’s first official provider.

Expo 2020 is also partnering with official premier partners Emirates, Accenture, Cisco, DP World, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, Nissan, PepsiCo, SAP and Siemens, as well as official partners DEWA, ENOC and UPS.

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