Brief Insight on what is NESA Compliance

Published on : 07 Jul 2020

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Advancement in the field of Information Technology has radically transformed the way businesses today operate globally. With the digitization of businesses, exposure to online threats and vulnerabilities have also significantly increased. Cybersecurity attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, leading businesses to constantly take precautionary measures to ensure their systems, operations, and data are protected from potential cyber threats. To improve the standards of Information Security and protect the IT Infrastructure, Regulatory & Governing Bodies have set standard guidelines and frameworks for companies to follow.  The National Electronic Security Authority which is a government body in the UAE is tasked with the responsibility of securing critical information infrastructure and improving national cybersecurity. To achieve this, they developed NESA IAS, a set of standards and guidelines applicable to government entities in critical sectors.  Compliance with these standards is mandatory.

What is NESA?

The National Electronic Security Authority which is a UAE federal authority is responsible for overlooking and protecting UAE’s Critical Information Infrastructure.  The Governing body is responsible for strengthening cybersecurity in the country.  In order to achieve their objectives, NESA developed a new set of guidelines and standards for all government entities and other entities identified as critical national service by NESA. So, Compliance with NESA is mandatory for all entities who are identified as critical national service providers. The new standard set by NESA comes from a number of existing nation-wide security standards and guidance including NIST and ISO 27001

Who Should Comply with NESA IAS?

NESA Compliance is mandatory for all UAE government entities and other entities identified as critical national service by NESA. Compliance with the set guidelines will be mandatory for all entities and stakeholders who support and deal with critical national information or provide such services. However, NESA recommends other entities to follow the guidelines voluntarily, and proactively be a part of the initiative to safeguard nation Information Infrastructure. 

You should Read:- NESA’s IAS Standards & Security Controls

Areas of Compliance

In a technology-driven world, cybercrimes are largely prevalent and organizations face a huge challenge in securing their Information Infrastructure from the continual threat of critical data loss. Critical data includes sensitive customer data, relevant legal and statutory data, financial and operational data that are necessary for business operations. Intending to protect business-critical data, NESA introduced and implemented IAS compliance requirements which majorly cover three distinct areas of ISO 27001, PCI DSS, and Cyber Essentials.

VISTA InfoSec services for NESA Compliance

We at VISTA InfoSec offer Compliance and Consulting services that provide a framework for organizations to attain cybersecurity and achieve NESA Compliance. We cater our services to organizations across the UAE and help them advance their cybersecurity efforts efficiently. Our highly experienced team of consulting experts have the relevant knowledge and skills to provide direction to organizations in achieving NESA Compliance. Our consulting and implementation services help organizations reduce complexities and improve the integration of the company’s Information Security. You can gain in-depth consulting, advisory, and management expertise from us by collaborating with our team for achieving Compliance. 

Narendra Sahoo
Narendra Sahoo

Narendra Sahoo (PCI QPA, PCI QSA, PCI SSF ASSESSOR, CISSP, CISA, CRISC, 27001 LA) is the Founder and Director of VISTA InfoSec, a global Information Security Consulting firm, based in the US, Singapore & India. Mr. Sahoo holds more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry, with expertise in Information Risk Consulting, Assessment, & Compliance services. VISTA InfoSec specializes in Information Security audit, consulting and certification services which include GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, NESA, MAS-TRM, PCI DSS Compliance & Audit, PCI PIN, SOC2 Compliance & Audit, PDPA, PDPB to name a few. The company has for years (since 2004) worked with organizations across the globe to address the Regulatory and Information Security challenges in their industry. VISTA InfoSec has been instrumental in helping top multinational companies achieve compliance and secure their IT infrastructure.