Safeguarding the financial system against cyber breaches is a priority, experts say


Dubai-UAE: Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, hosted a free-of-charge webinar to assess the current cybersecurity challenges that might face the financial institutions and services in the UAE and the importance of having proactive steps to safeguard businesses from cyberattacks.

The virtual session titled ‘The Cybersecurity Challenges and the Protection of the Digital Revolution’ is part of the EIBFS conversational learning initiative, which aims to host periodic talks to cover timely banking and finance-related subjects as part of its community outreach goals.

The webinar drew over 100 participants and a panel of expert speakers including Praveen Vackayil, Senior Manager Digital Trust at PwC (Middle East), Sheikh Shadab Nawaz, Director of KPMG Lower Gulf Limited, Jayakaran Paul, SVP & Head of Cyber Security & IAM at FAB and was moderated by Chandran S, Director of Cyberfort Digisec Solutions, India.

During the session, the speakers shed the light on the challenges that have arisen due to the ongoing digital revolution characterized by the emergence of cutting-edge technologies such as e-government, e-commerce, blockchains, mobile payments services, online banking and cloud computing, among others.

Experts also discussed why Cyber security threats have been ranked among the top risks facing the world. Saying that intrusions, data breaches, ransomware, defacement, phishing and fraud proliferate, as organisations become more and more reliant on technology causing a surge in cyberattacks exposure. Advising businesses to be more proactive in implementing and testing their cyber defences.

Commenting on the session, Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS, said: “ Through this thought-provoking webinar, we aim to assist financial services participants in understanding and taking proactive steps to strengthen their cybersecurity in line with the UAE government strategies and initiatives that aim to create a secure and robust cyberinfrastructure to empower both individuals and businesses in the country.

He added: “Our webinar has also shed light on the cybersecurity challenges the financial service providers currently face and ways in which they can overcome them. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and we at EIBFS offer a number of programs that discuss the cyber security risks in the banking sector from intermediate to more specialised courses. We hope that our patrons benefit from the important insights that were shared in the session.”


The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) was founded in 1983. As a leading independent training center, it offers world-class education, training and allied services in the critical areas of banking and finance. Based in the UAE, EIBFS currently has three campuses for education and training services located in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Institute has made substantial contributions to the careers of thousands of students and working professionals in the financial services sector. EIBFS is also a strong supporter of Emiratization and has launched various initiatives that have greatly helped to promote the careers of Emiratis. All academic programs offered by EIBFS are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students who have successfully completed these programs have found productive employment at various levels in banks and financial institutions in the UAE and around the world.