Understanding NESA Compliance

National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), now known as the Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA), is a UAE federal authority. It is responsible for strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the UAE. Hence, the administration aims to define cybersecurity guidelines for organizations for keeping their cybersecurity aligned with international best practices and avoid cybersecurity threats.

NESA has developed Information Assurance (IA) Standards that describe the guidelines to establish a minimum level of security across all critical organizations. NESA has mandated implementing the compliance requirements outlined in IA Standards.

Even the organizations that are not identified as critical are encouraged by NESA to follow the guidelines to raise the national security standards voluntarily. Companies that are NESA compliant enhance their cybersecurity strength and threat awareness while minimizing risk levels.

Understanding NESA Compliance

What does it involve?

The UAE IA Standards defines guidelines that provide a life cycle roadmap to implement, maintain, and improve information security. NESA compliance service providers also take the same approach that defines activities such as:

  • Understanding the organization’s and sector’s security requirements to select and establish appropriate controls
  • Performing risk and vulnerability assessments to identify any gaps and come up with risk treatment plans
  • Planning and implementing the necessary security controls to mitigate risks
  • Monitoring and reviewing implemented controls to check the effectiveness and determine and deviations
  • Improving constantly based on the derived objectives

UAE-NESA Standards

Here are some of the security controls established in UAE-NESA compliance standards

Management Control Family Security Management
M1: Strategy and Planning T1: Asset Management
M2: Information Security Risk Management T2: Physical and Environmental Security
M3: Awareness and Training T3: Operations Management
M4: Human Resource Security T4: Communications
M5: Compliance T5: Access Control
M6: Performance Evaluation and Improvement T6: Third-Party Security
T7: Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Maintenance
T8: Information Security Incident Management
T9: Information Security Continuity Management

UAE IA Standards lists a total of 188 security controls, which are further classified in a priority manner based on their impact. NESA suggests implementing the controls with priority 1 first and then priority 2 to 4.

Priority Controls
P1 39
P2 69
P3 35
P4 45

SharkStriker Approach

NESA Compliance Management Solution

SharkStriker follows the same approach as highlighted in the IA Standards for NESA compliance. We start by establishing the requirements for information security for your entity and move on with the gap and risk assessments. Based on the assessment results, we then create treatment plans, define and implement security controls, rollout technology, and finally conduct timely audits to ensure continuous improvement.

SharkStriker’s extensive range of services and all-in-one solution covers everything right from protection, detection, and response to compliance and awareness. Such a vast array of NESA compliance services and solutions and the expertise in crafting customized offerings enable us to help organizations become NESA compliant.

SharkStriker’s NESA Compliance Management Solution
Managed Assessments and Tests Managed Cybersecurity Services Managed Endpoint Security Logging and Reporting Continuous Improvement
Vulnerability assessments Managed detection and response Endpoint protection SIEM-as-a-Service Periodic audits and reviews
Penetration testing Extended detection and response (XDR) Patch Management Managed SIEM Reviews documentation
Network and application testing EDR-as-a-Service Remote firewall installation and monitoring 24×7 logging and event management Security incident management
Compliance testing 24×7 monitoring Firewall assessment and audits File integrity and monitoring (FIM) Compliance audits
Constant threat hunting and response Preventative security for negating attacks
SharkStriker’s NESA Compliance Management Solution Comprises 5 Components
Managed NEAC GRC
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Managed Network Security
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Managed Endpoint Security
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Managed Mobile Device Security
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Managed Security Testing & Monitoring

Solution Component 1: Managed Assessments and Testing

The first component of our NESA Compliance Management Solution focuses on assessing and testing your current infrastructure. This covers the following requirements:

  • Understanding business requirements
  • Identifying critical assets to build ISMS
  • Identifying NESA compliance gaps and risks
  • Develop risk treatment plans
Managed Assessments and Testing

Solution Component 2: Managed Cybersecurity Services

The second component focuses on providing complete security through our managed cybersecurity services. We offer fully managed EDR, MDR, and XDR solutions in our service model.

Managed Cybersecurity Services
  • Continuous monitoring and threat hunting
  • 24/7 Access to modern SOC
  • MDR Ultimate solution covers protection, detection, response, compliance, and awareness, basically everything

Solution Component 3: Managed Endpoint Security

The third component in the solution includes deploying endpoint security tools such as next-gen endpoint protection including anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, anti-phishing, baseline security and patch assessment, etc.

  • Comprehensive detection and prevention aligned to MITRE ATT&CK
  • Signatureless Machine learning-based threat prevention engine
  • File Integrity Monitoring (FIM)
  • Periodic security assessment using CIS baseline for effectiveness
  • Unified visibility through a single dashboard platform
Managed Endpoint Security

Solution Component 4: Logging and Reporting

Solution component four aims at enhancing monitoring and threat hunting capabilities with our robust SIEM solution for logging and reporting, providing you with the following benefits.

Logging and Reporting
  • Improved threat detection and response
  • Continuous security operations
  • Simplified compliance reporting
  • Enhanced visibility with UBA

Solution Component 5: Continuous Improvement

Lastly, our experts will periodically run assessments and audits on the NESA compliance management solution for continuous improvement.

  • Check the effectiveness of proposed measures and security controls
  • Determine and mitigate any compliance deviations
  • Comprehensive reports making improvisations
  • Achieve and stay NESA compliant
Continuous Improvement

Why SharkStriker?

Compliance Specialists

SharkStriker’s compliance experts, having profound industry-specific knowledge, keep up with the constantly changing NESA regulations to ensure that your business consistently meets the latest regulations.

End-to-End Compliance

Our compliance services cover all the globally reputed regulations, including NESA, GDPR, SAMA, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, etc. We can also help determine what cybersecurity regulations you need to comply with.

Comprehensive Range of Services

SharkStriker is a NESA compliance service provider that can be a one-stop solution for all your cybersecurity requirements ranging from compliance to assessments to logging to threat hunting and more.

24×7 Monitoring

Our experts will monitor your cybersecurity infrastructure round the clock to ensure no compliance gaps. It also helps in continuous improvement, essential in today’s evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Ensure Your Business Meets NESA Compliance Regulations