We are DarkMatter

Our Story

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A young start-up

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.

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Cyber Security

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.

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KATIM® and KATIM®R01

We built the world’s first ultra-secure smartphone, KATIM®, and KATIM® R01 for extreme field conditions, to keep data safe from prying eyes.

UAEPASS

National Digital ID

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.

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Cyber Education

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.


Smart and Safe Digital

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.

Hear from our CEO

DarkMatter responds to critics

DarkMatter responds to critics

UAE Cyber Security

UAE Cyber Security

DarkMatter’s cyber security work is all defensive

DarkMatter’s cyber security work is all defensive

Governments and businesses must harness safe digitisation

Governments and businesses must harness safe digitisation

Why digital security threats are key issue for governments and businesses?

Digital security threats are key issue for governments and businesses

C-suite must focus on the right thing to mitigate cyber risks

C-suite must focus on the right thing to mitigate cyber risks

DarkMatter’s viewpoint on cyber security maturity in the region

DarkMatter’s viewpoint on cyber security maturity in the region

DarkMatter Achievements in Media

DarkMatter named Expo 2020’s cybersecurity solutions provider

DarkMatter named Expo 2020’s cybersecurity solutions provider

xen1thLabs discovered critical vulnerability in Cisco IP phones

xen1thLabs discovered critical vulnerability in Cisco IP phones

Smart Dubai launches new national digital identity UAEPASS

Smart Dubai launches new national digital identity UAEPASS

ADSSSA showcasing TAMM at GITEX 2018

ADSSSA showcasing TAMM at GITEX 2018 - ADSSSA pushes digital transformation of key Abu Dhabi Government entities

ADSSSA showcases blockchain implementation in bid to accelerate 'One Government' services model

ADSSSA showcases blockchain implementation in bid to accelerate 'One Government' services model

Second phase of Emirati Coder programme launched

Second phase of Emirati Coder programme launched

Just how serious are cyber threats to the UAE?

Just how serious are cyber threats to the UAE?

DarkMatter takes mobile phone security to the next level

DarkMatter takes mobile phone security to the next level

Frequently Asked Questions


Who owns DarkMatter?

 

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.

 

What is DarkMatter?

 

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.

 

Is DarkMatter part of the UAE government?

 

DarkMatter is a private start-up solely owned by Faisal Al Bannai. We serve clients across government and business sectors.

 

Critics claim that DarkMatter has surveillance capabilities – is this true?

 

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.

 

Why doesn’t DarkMatter answer critics who reference the company in stories about governments in the region and security and intelligence matters?

 

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.

 

Why does the cyber security industry attract polarising discussions?

 

Cyber security is still a young field and the discussion is becoming increasingly polarised 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.