Thursday September 20, 2012
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources held a series of orientation workshops for its employees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on " Information Security Manual in Federal Government Entities", adopted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
The workshops, organized by the Department of Information Technology at the Authority, focused on measures and practical steps to be taken by the employees in order to ensure the highest standards of security when using the internet at work, and instructions how to use USB flash drives, desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones, e-mail protocols, and other means by which government information are shared.
The objective behind organizing the orientation workshops was to explain and clarify the technical items contained in the “Information Security Manual", which helps in determining the criteria for the optimum use of information assets, and ensuring the confidentiality and availability of information, information systems and network infrastructure in the Federal Government Entities and their protection from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or failure.
The workshops also sought to make sure that users are aware of their obligations, regarding the use of information assets, to familiarize them with the procedures adopted by the federal entities in charge of protecting users from illegal or harmful acts that may cause damage to information assets, and provide a legal framework for government to safeguard the security of information assets.
Discussions that took place during the workshops provided explanation to commitments, guidelines and procedures contained in the manual regarding the employees’ handling to e-mail, password management, the Internet, measures to combat viruses, commitment to original software, use of desktop and laptop computers, encryption, information classification, backup and restore software, wireless communications, and acceptable use of data storage media.