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UAE’s first crypto library at Abu Dhabi TII

UAE’s first national and sovereign crypto library.

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UAE’s first crypto library at Abu Dhabi TII

Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), announced on Tuesday that its Cryptography Research Centre (CRC) had built the UAE’s first national and sovereign crypto library.

The milestone is set to enable the country to safeguard vital and confidential sources of information.

The development follows a series of rapid announcements at the TII since the first Advanced Technology Research Council board meeting in August 2020.

Researchers at the CRC, one of Technology Innovation Institute’s initial seven dedicated research centres, have already released multiple versions of the crypto library and are working on its seamless integration into the UAE’s critical digital infrastructure.

The CRC currently employs and collaborates with scientists in multiple crucial cryptography fields such as post-quantum cryptography (PQC), hardware-based cryptography, lightweight cryptography, cryptanalysis, cryptographic protocols, and cloud encryption schemes, amongst others. It is also a few global centres that bring together theoretical and applied cryptographers in a research-oriented setting for innovative outcomes.

Making the announcement, Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary-General of the ATRC, said, “The ever-evolving sophistication of cyberattacks should not be taken for granted. By developing a national crypto library in the UAE and integrating this within critical digital infrastructure, we can increase our security levels and build sovereign capability simultaneously.”

By leveraging a combination of custom symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic primitives, the national crypto library is designed, developed and tested to protect sensitive data and information. The library is a collection of algorithms that cryptographers use in a specific order to safeguard confidential and high-security information.

Dr Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher at the CRC, stated, “The integration of the National Crypto Library with live systems will enable a more fluid security strategy across critical data-sensitive sectors such as finance, healthcare, and telecommunications.”

The TII is a pioneering global research and development centre that focuses on applied research and new-age technology capabilities. It has seven initial dedicated research centres in quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems. By working with exceptional talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners from all over the world, the institute connects an intellectual community and contributes to building a research and development ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.-WAM

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