UAE NESA Compliance

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Complying With UAE NESA

A national authority for cybersecurity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), is making strides to protect critical sectors from cyberattacks. A mandatory set of standards has been developed by NESA for government organizations, semi-government groups, and business entities that are identified as critical infrastructure to follow.

However, not all of these organizations are capable of implementing the guidelines on their own. It is, fortunately, possible to solve many issues around meeting compliance by using Logit.io.

Interested in learning more about how Logit.io can help you meet the UAE NESA auditing criteria? Sign up for a free 14-day trial or book a call with one of our compliance specialists to find out how we can help you.

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What Is UAE NESA?

The National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) is a federal authority within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) whose main responsibility is to advance the country's cybersecurity policies and procedures.

There have been a number of standards produced by NESA for government entities in critical sectors, such as transport, energy, water, and education, in order to protect the UAE's critical data and information infrastructure. NESA's UAE regulations are designed to strengthen and reduce the risk levels associated with UAE cyber assets and improve cybersecurity threat awareness.

Who Needs To Meet UAE NESA Compliance?

All government organizations, semi-government organizations, and business organizations that are identified in the UAE as critical infrastructure organizations are required to comply with NESA standards.

Audit Logging For Compliance

According to the official NESA UAE Information Assurance Standards documentation, audit logs are mentioned as being an invaluable component of ensuring compliance with a variety of different criteria within the standards. Based on the analysis of audit logs, we can detect, prevent, and correct the use of systems and information in a way that could adversely affect an entity's security. Additionally, threat catalogues and statistics, as well as audit logs and incident records can also be used to determine the likelihood of a threat occurring.

It is important that the entity that is required to meet compliance requirements defines what events need to be recorded. They also need to determine how often the audit log must be examined, and how long these logs must be retained. It is also necessary for them to produce and keep audit logs containing details about user activities, exceptions, and events associated with information security.

Change management should also be implemented formally to ensure that all equipment, software, and procedures are adequately controlled. When changes are made, audit logs with all relevant information should be maintained. We provide a platform that lets you retain system audit logs and records so you can monitor, analyse, investigate and generate reports using our platform.

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Monitoring & Centralising Logs

As outlined in T3.6, monitoring and generating log files are crucial. Almost all operating systems, network services, and firewall technologies support logging. It is recommended to make sure such logging is enabled by default, and that logs are sent to a centralized logging system. In the event a follow-up investigation is needed, firewalls, proxies, and remote access systems (VPNs, dial-up, etc.) should all be configured for verbose logging. When you use a platform like Logit.io, you are able to access your logging records, audit logs, metrics, and traces in one centralised location.

In reviewing audit logs, NESA UAE recommends the use of analytical programs, such as SIM and SEM tools, in accordance with its Information Assurance Standards. However, it also suggests staff members perform a cursory manual review of the audit logs in question.

The use of observability tools is not a panacea, and they do not replace skilled information security personnel within an entity's organization. It is often necessary to use human expertise and intuition in addition to automated log analysis tools in order to identify and understand breaches.

Retaining Audit Log Information

Some audit logs may need to be archived as part of the record retention policy outlined by NESA UAE Information Assurance Standards. A possible reason may be the requirement to collect and retain evidence in the event of an attack.

For enterprises storing sensitive data for an extended period of time, Logit.io offers Amazon S3 cold storage. Data hosted within cold storage can then be easily retrieved during an audit by the UAE NESA to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.

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Mandatory Reporting

An entity must identify, collect, and protect any data related to an information security incident under T 8.2.7, Information Security Incident Documentation. This includes incident reports, audit monitoring reports, network monitoring dashboards, and user/administrator reports.

Besides creating audit monitoring reports, Logit.io can also create network monitoring dashboards. In addition, Logit.io can generate PDFs, PNGs, and CSV files that can be sent to any user within the system.

Demonstrate UAE NESA Compliance With The Following Controls:

  • T3.2.2
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  • T3.6.1
  • T3.6.2
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  • T3.6.5
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