What brings 650 people from 60 nationalities to work for a young start-up headquartered in the Middle East? It’s the opportunity to work with the world’s best minds for an important purpose: innovations that make a smart and safe digital world. This purpose-driven work starts at home in the UAE, the country most at risk of cyberattacks, because it does not, as yet, have the same digital protections as the rest of the world. DarkMatter is changing that.
We deliver on our promise of smart and safe digital by conducting cyber assessments to find security gaps and fix them as well as keeping vital infrastructure safe from the catastrophic results of cyberattack. We are the cyber security partner for Expo 2020 in Dubai, working to keep millions of visitors from 180 countries safe over the six months of the event, as well as protecting the Special Olympics World Games at Abu Dhabi.
We built the world’s first ultra-secure smartphone, KATIM®, and KATIM® R01 for extreme field conditions, to keep data safe from prying eyes.
We partner with UAE leaders in an ambition to become the most digitally advanced nation in the world. Central to this has been the vision of integrated government services with the launch of the UAEPASS, a national Digital Identity and Signature Solution that puts services at the fingertips of all citizens, residents and visitors. We are proud to partner in bringing this solution to government customers.
We develop cyber awareness education programs so people can play their part in safe digital practices. And we’re developing the next generation of smart digital leaders with over 1500 students, aged 7-14 years, learning programming, coding, app development and robotics. We provide scholarship programs for college students and advanced technical skills courses for digital professionals. As a result of our efforts towards attracting, engaging and developing local talent, we have been awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.
DarkMatter has achieved much in just four years. Our work with government entities has seen the adoption of innovative technologies that will transform the lives of nine million citizens and residents. The platform used for UAEPASS will transform the digital journeys for people under the TAMM program. In this way, our work fulfills the aspirations of people everywhere for smart and safe digital communities and societies.
Faisal Al Bannai is the founder and sole owner of DarkMatter. Faisal is an entrepreneur who has successfully built businesses in the UAE and regionally.
DarkMatter is a digital transformation and cyber security firm, established in 2015 and headquartered in the UAE, with research and development centers in Finland and Canada.
DarkMatter is a private start-up solely owned by Faisal Al Bannai. We serve clients across government and business sectors.
This is categorically false. DarkMatter’s work is solely focused on defensive cyber security, secure communications and digital transformation. We exist to help governments and businesses become more cyber resilient – better able to navigate increased threats and safeguard our society.
We cannot and do not comment on work that we simply do not do. Nor can we comment on the practices of government entities and other companies mentioned in media reports.
What we can say is what DarkMatter does – we focus solely on defensive cyber security and all our products, solutions and services are on our website in full view for anyone to see. We strive to make DarkMatter the most transparent company in the industry where, for example, we make all source code of the technology we develop and build auditable to our clients whether private or government sector.
Cyber security is still a young field and the discussion is becoming increasingly polarized today. As cyber security emerges as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, public-private partnerships is the only way for governments and companies, such as DarkMatter, to tackle some of the traditional and non-traditional security threats facing the world today.
We want to be a part of the discussion and take the lead in developing and shaping public awareness on how to build cyber resilient societies, economies and institutions. We believe these discussions should be based on facts and evidence-based conclusions that move us forward on a progressive digital agenda.