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DAFZA’s digital intelligence plan receives approval

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), has approved the organisation’s Digital Intelligence Plan 2018-2020. This has been developed in line with digital transformation initiatives such as the Dubai Internet of Things Strategy and the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence – the first major initiative within the UAE Centennial […]


Veeam acquires N2WS to deliver availability and protection for AWS Cloud

Veeam® Software has announced that it has acquired N2WS, a leading provider of cloud-native enterprise back-up and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a deal worth $42.5M. N2WS is a leader in IaaS data protection, providing a cloud-native back-up solution specifically designed for AWS workloads, enabling organisations to back up data and applications as often […]


Siemon launches new Z-PLUG field terminated plug for intelligent buildings

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced its new Z-PLUG™ category 6A field terminated plug for quick, reliable high-performance plug terminations in the field that enable custom-length direct connections to a variety of IP-based and PoE-enabled devices deployed in intelligent buildings. With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), more devices than […]


OAB launches new e-payment gateway service ‘OAB iPAY’

Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has announced the launch of a new e-payment Gateway facility. The new service is part of the bank’s innovative roadmap to contribute to the digital economy of Oman by improving the electronic payment ecosystem. The bank’s public and private sector corporate clients will be able to receive payments online through website […]


McAfee completes Skyhigh Networks acquisition

McAfee, which operates throughout the Middle East, has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Skyhigh Networks. With the close of this deal, Skyhigh Networks becomes part of the McAfee Cloud Security Business Unit. Skyhigh is an ideal complement to McAfee’s strategy – one focused on building and optimising mission-critical cybersecurity environments for […]


Egyptian ICT minister meets start-ups participating at Consumer Electronics Show

ICT minister Yasser ElKady has met with representatives from Egyptian technology start-up companies. The minister received a delegation from the General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce. The group included the representatives of nine Egyptian start-ups that are due to participate as exhibitors in the first […]


Egyptian bank wins 12 international renowned awards in 2017

Commercial International Bank-Egypt (CIB) received 12 international awards in 2017, in recognition of its outstanding innovative performance. After positioning itself as a local bank with global standards, CIB-Egypt is now competing at a regional and international level. CIB-Egypt was named the ‘World’s Best Bank in the Emerging Markets’ by Euromoney; the first bank in the […]


Attivo announces validations that ‘deception’ fools attackers

Validating deception’s ability to serve as a reliable security control for closing in-network detection gaps, Attivo Networks has released results of a penetration test conducted by a top computer forensics company that specialises in penetration testing and has also announced the ThreatInject simulation tool for testing deception resiliency. By creating an authentic synthetic network based […]


Mimecast expert: Cybercriminals are setting sights on healthcare

Cybercriminals have set their sights on protected health information. It’s Black Market value is greater than credit card information. By Brandon Bekker, Managing Director at Mimecast, Africa and the Middle East, explains why and how the healthcare sector is under attack.   The Internet of Things has transformed the healthcare sector, allowing practitioners to easily […]


Fortinet survey reveals IT decision makers are confident in their cybersecurity

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has revealed additional findings from its Global Enterprise Security Survey. According to the research, 63% of IT decision makers (ITDMs) at 250 plus employee organisations around the world are confident in their cybersecurity posture, despite 89% of organisations being breached in the past two […]


Size isn’t everything: Sophos expert says it’s not just the big companies that get targeted

An expert from Sophos believes that complacency is one of the biggest threats to the cybersecurity of enterprises. Karl-Heinz Warum, a vice-president at Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security,  says companies are not taking threats seriously enough and make the mistake of thinking they are not big enough to be targeted. “The […]


Veeam expert asks what planned downtime could be costing you business

‘Availability’ has a new meaning and it doesn’t include planned downtime. Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam Software, tells us consumer patience with scheduled downtime is wearing thin and nowadays consumers are more willing to switch providers because of it. One of the rarely spoken about aspects of technology is the level […]


‘One stop shop’ improves service for a million utility customers in the UAE

How does a UAE utility company with a million consumers use Information Technology to improve its customer service? The Water and Electricity Authority of the Abu Dhabi Government decided to implement iSON’s Customer Care and Billing solution with an intuitive Arabic user-interface to execute a real-time system that creates a ‘one stop shop’ for customer […]


Becoming an Intelligent Enterprise: How to unlock IoT generated data

Enterprise spending on the Internet of Things is seeing phenomenal growth that is only going to get greater. Hozefa Saylawala, Middle East Sales Director, at Zebra Technologies, tells us how businesses can best use data created by connected devices to truly become an Intelligent Enterprise. According to Zebra Technologies’ inaugural Intelligent Enterprise Index, 42% of companies spend more […]


Public Cloud – Part of the strategy but not ‘the’ strategy

By Yousuf Khan, CIO, Pure Storage For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive. Consumers can, in theory, embrace or reject the trend as they see fit. But a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors. The good news is that enterprises in the Middle East are already making […]


DIFC Wills and Probate Registry creates world’s first ever online will registration programme for Dubai residents

The introduction of the world’s first ever online will registration programme has taken the hassle out of a time-consuming and onerous task for thousands of Dubai residents. The launch of a virtual service by the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, built on the expertise provided by EmQube, means overseas customers can create and register their […]


Dell Inc. joins cross industry group to address marine litter problem

Dell Inc., General Motors, Microsoft, and other leading entities launch cross-industry consortium to scale down the use of ocean-bound plastics With support of UN Environment, The Lonely Whale will convene the group to create the first global, scalable and operational supply chain that reduces the amount of plastic entering the oceans Each company agrees to […]


Canon honours KSA channel and introduces it to cloud services

Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, reinforced its commitment to channel partners in KSA at its annual Imaging Inspired channel partner event. Held at the Mövenpick Hotel, Riyadh, the event brought all its KSA channel partners under one roof highlighting business performance and innovative selling practices. The event, held under the theme ‘Be […]


How your greatest resource could be sat under your staff’s fingertips

Chances are data is the most useful resource a business’s staff can lay their hands on. There is no doubt that an ever-increasing amount of data is being processed but how should employees use it to drive their companies forward? We spoke to Samina Rizwan, Senior Director Business Analytics and Big Data, Middle East and […]


Much more than a peripheral device – the humble printer is now your office assistant

At one time printers just printed – that’s all they did. Now in the age of the internet connectivity and ubiquitous cloud services they do much more. They are nothing less than another powerful device with a range of highly specialist functions, that meet the expectations of customers that have been transformed with the development […]