Eng. Abdulrahman Almarzouqi
Director of Cybersecurity
Eng. Abdulrahman Almarzouqi has over 13 years’ experience in telecommunication, Cybersecurity, IT, networking and Internet industry. Abdulrahman is currently Director of Cybersecurity within the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). TRA is the government body overseeing the ICT and Telecommunication sector in the UAE. His main role is to oversee and coordinate Cybersecurity Regulations as well as Internet policy issues within the UAE and manage initiatives and projects that develop the Cybersecurity ecosystem in accordance with best practices and international standards. His role also involves setting and adherence of UAE Government and Critical National Infrastructure to Cybersecurity standards.
He was the key person in establishing the UAE Internet Exchange (UAE-IX) with collaboration of industry players; UAE-IX is currently the largest Internet Exchange in Arab World. He oversee the transformation of Domain Name industry in the UAE from monopoly to Registry Registrar model, revamp the policy and establish world-class registry which grow up domains 600%.
Abdulrahman has also been involved in development of various ICT policy and regulations within the UAE including Internet, Public Wi-Fi initiatives and policy, Over the Top (OTTs) and Internet access management regulations.
Abdulrahman has also contributed toward the establishment of the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) in 2007, which currently provide various Nationwide IT security services from Incident response, to awareness and security advice.
Abdulrahman has extensive experience in Domain Name System (DNS), Internet governance issues and currently serves the representative of UAE to ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC). He is the key person looking after ICANN and Domain Name public policy issues in the UAE. Abdulrahman led the introduction and successful launch of one of the world’s first non-latin domain name top level domains on the Internet (also called IDNs) .امارات (dotemarat), the country national country code. He is also a member of League of Arab States committee for Internet Matters and Steering Committee for .arab TLD.
Abdulrahman also has experience in Public Key Infrastructure regulations and policies. He currently manages licensing of Certificate Services Providers (CSPs) which supports the trust framework required for e-transactions and e-commerce.