Supervisory Framework

The DFSA applies a four-point approach to cyber risk supervision as follows:


Cyber security is a shared responsibility, and we take a co-operative approach to address cyber threats by engaging with Firms and all other stakeholders on this important topic. We understand that our involvement is essential for building cyber security awareness among Firms and we take a proactive approach to sharing knowledge, enhancing stakeholders awareness and supporting Firms in building their cyber resilience.

Our engagement approach includes outreach sessions and roundtable discussions dedicated to cyber security topics. It also includes engaging relevant institutions in cyber simulations that help them to test their response to cyber incidents and assess their cyber resilience.


We encourage Firms to cooperate and share information. To this effort, we maintain mechanisms for Firms to report cyber incidents to the DFSA and separately for Firms to share information with the DFSA, and amongst each other. In January 2020, the DFSA launched the DFSA Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP). It is the first financial services regulator-led cyber threat intelligence platform in the region, delivered in collaboration with leading government entities the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), the National Computer Emergency Response Team for the UAE (aeCERT). An independent cybersecurity specialist firm was appointed to manage and operate the platform and cybersecurity experts were engaged to contribute to TIP. The platform is available at no cost to all DFSA Authorised Firms. Regardless of size, all Firms play an important role in building a secure cyber environment for Firms and their clients. We encourage all Authorised Firms to register with TIP through the DFSA ePortal (make "ePortal" a link to the DFSA ePortal).


Our main objective is to support Firms to become more resilient to cyber threats. Therefore, we evaluate and monitor cyber risk in the centre and collect information about cyber incidents to assist us in better understanding the regional cyber risk landscape.

A risk assesment is a fundamental element of evaluation of cyber risk and includes Firm-specific desk-based and onsite risk assessments, self-assessments, and thematic reviews. The results of our assessment work are used to evaluate Firms’ cyber maturity levels and to tailor our actions towards mitigating cyber risks in the DIFC. We also collect information from Firms through various reporting obligations and use this information to inform our supervisory activities. 


From time to time, and as appropriate, we publish Rules and guidance to prescribe particular cyber security systems and controls and guidance to help Firms build stronger cyber resilience. We also engage in internal and external trainings to maintain our awareness of emerging cyber risks and supervision methodologies as well to develop a sustainable pool of cyber supervision resources.

Useful links


18 Oct 2023

TIP Report 2023

Cyber Simulation Post-exercise Report

Cyber Simulation Post-exercise Report 2023

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop - Practical Cyber Risk Management (July 2023)

Cyber Thematic Review 2022

Cyber Thematic Review 2022

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop - Practical Cyber Risk Management (June 2022)

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop

DFSA Cyber Risk Workshop - Practical Cyber Risk Management (March 2022)

DFSA ePortal

Cyber Incident Notification Form

Thematic Reviews

DFSA Cyber Thematic Review 2020

G7 report

G7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector


January 2020 launch event


Threat Intelligence Platform


Registration form


Cyber Risk Management Guidelines 2020


DFSA Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform Workshop

DFSA Cyber Risk Forum 2021 

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