The UAE authority for regulating the telecommunications sector (TRA) has announced through the Centre of Digital Innovation (CoDI), the ‘mGovernment Secure Coding Guidelines’ training program. The program comes as part of CoDI’s objectives to drive critical knowledge and establish a culture of innovation and creativity within a secure online environment, according to the UAE TRA.
The first version of the coding guidelines, which is created by developers for developers, focuses mainly on iOS and Android platforms. Divided into ten separate sections, this document will be constantly updated with the latest security information as well as updates in the field of data security.
The mGovernment Secure Coding Guidelines aims to allow developers to enhance the security of their mobile applications making sure that the user's application data is secure regardless of if the application is used over Wi-Fi, cellular or is idle, and ensuring the encryption of sensitive information, validating inputs, implementing appropriate authentication, ensuring user data protection, and ensuring correct settings are deployed when releasing an application.
His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, UAE TRA director general, said: "All developments within the mGovernment field must include security and safety dimensions both on an individual and general community level. From here stems the importance of giving cyber security the importance it deserves. We, at TRA and mGovernment, put this matter at the heart of our programs, particularly in light of the UAE leadership directives of increasing the use of smart services and enhancing their quality while raising the level of customer satisfaction."
"The Centre of Digital Innovation has put security issues at the forefront of its considerations to strengthen the competencies and launch training programs with multiple contents. The centre uses the highest standards to test the quality of smart applications in the security field and others, and offers consulting services that in line with partnerships with the private sector to cover the burdens of the full smart shift to cater to customers and their happiness,” Al Mansouri added.