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Top Saudi technology students complete Huawei’s ICT programme based in China

The leaders of Saudi Arabia’s technological future have received world class training in China. Top Saudi students visited Huawei’s state-of-the-art laboratory in Shenzhen, as part of the company’s ‘Seeds of the Future’ programme, in collaboration with the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC). The students learnt about intelligent networks, cloud technology and the design behind […]


How enterprises should best approach privileged access password management

John Hathaway, Regional Sales Director, Middle East, BeyondTrust, tells us about the best ways to deal with Privileged Access Management Privileged password management, sometimes called enterprise password management, refers to the practice and technique of securely controlling credentials for privileged accounts, services, systems, applications and more. But unfortunately, with so much power inherent in privileged […]


ITC and ZTE Corporation sign transformation agreement

The Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), a leading ICT company, and ZTE Corporation, a global leader in telecommunications and information technology based in KSA, have signed a BSS/OSS and ERP Transformation programme agreement This will result in the ZTESoft Zsmart end-to- end stack being implemented. Eng. Ghassan Itani, ITC’s CEO and President, said: “ITC is looking […]


Mimecast e-book tells how to execute an effective email security strategy

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the publication of its e-book, Strengthen Your Defenses Against Cybercrime: Cyber Resilience Planning for Email. It voices insights and prescriptive advice from members of the Cyber Resilience Think Tank. This first-of-its-kind Cyber Resilience Think Tank was first hosted by Mimecast at the RSA Conference 2017, […]


Cybercrime finds a way, the limited impact of AlphaBay and Hansa’s demise

Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows, says: “Our analysis of the broader cybercriminal ecosystem suggests that the impact of the AlphaBay and Hansa closures will be somewhat short-lived.” By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows The law enforcement operations that took down the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces were meant to strike a sizable […]


Could Dubai be the next Silicon Valley?

Could we see a Silicon Valley-like culture emerge in the Middle East enabled by technology? Luc Serviant, of Orange, a partner in the Dubai Smart City Accelerator programme, certainly thinks so. He argues that Dubai stands to become a model of how businesses (large and small) will thrive in the 21st century. The UAE is […]


Cisco appoints David Meads Vice President for Middle East and Africa

Expanded role will focus on leading the way in digital transformation across Middle East and Africa markets, driving business outcomes for customers across industries Cisco has announced the appointment of David Meads as Vice President for its Middle East and Africa operations. In the current era of digital disruption Meads, in this newly created role, […]


SUSE forges new training partnership with Ingram Micro in the Middle East

Enterprise open source-software training offerings focus on software defined infrastructure solutions such as OpenStack Cloud, Software Defines Storage, Linux and Linux management SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, has announced a new training partnership in the Middle East with Ingram Micro, a global leader in technology solutions, mobility, cloud and supply chain services. As […]


Ooredoo Kuwait sets up NFV cloud using Huawei and VMware vCloud

VMware announced that Ooredoo Kuwait, a telecommunications provider in the Middle East, has successfully deployed both Network Functions Virtualisation and IT applications on a single, unified cloud based on the VMware vCloud for NFV platform. Ooredoo’s UNIFY initiative is aimed at taking advantage of a software-defined datacentre architecture, and disruptive technologies such as network functions […]


Bank Audi adds business agility through VMware’s virtual machines

Based in Beirut, Bank Audi is a commercial bank in Lebanon and one of the fastest growing banks in the region. With a sizable presence in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, France, and Switzerland, Bank Audi offers a range of products and services that cover commercial and corporate banking, retail and individual banking, on-line […]


King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology uses VMware to provide Iaas

The Internet Services Unit associated with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, needed to build a scalable public cloud service that is automated and on-demand. It also needed to provide reliable operations for their customers, which includes the academic institutions and government organisations in Saudi Arabia. Internet Services Unit was able to satisfy this […]


Mimecast Report: 25% of ‘passed’ emails are unsafe

Top cloud email service providers leaving holes in security, driving need for third-party email security services Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the results of its third quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA). This measures the effectiveness of incumbent email security systems. This quarter’s assessment noted a continued challenge of […]


Cisco Report predicts new ‘Destruction of Service’ attacks

Key industries need to improve security posture as information technology and operational technology converge The Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential ‘destruction of service’ (DeOS) attacks. These could eliminate backups and safety nets of organisations, required to restore systems and […]


Report: IBM Global Business Services ranked #1 by GCC

IBM Global Business Services also named as most recommended consulting organisation in the region IBM have announced that its consulting organisation Global Business Services (GBS) was ranked first for mindshare and quality and also named the most recommended consulting organisation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 2017. This was based on findings in the […]


AXILSPOT launches high-performance rugged outdoor access point

AXILSPOT, a global vendor in enterprise wireless networking, unveiled its latest rugged, outdoor, long distance access point, AIP10, in the Middle East. The new AIP10 access point is capable of managing a variety of enterprise wireless networking workloads. This is a dual-frequency access point, using the latest IEEE 802.11 ac Wave2 Wi-Fi standard, supporting additional […]


Veeam and Nutanix accelerate digital transformation for the Always-On Enterprise

Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that delivers availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, has announced an expanded partnership with Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing and hyper-converged infrastructure, in which Veeam becomes the premier availability solution provider for Nutanix virtualised environments. In addition, Veeam adds support of Nutanix AHV in its flagship Veeam […]


Security expert gives advice following latest ransomware attack

Interview with Scott Manson, Cyber Security Leader for Middle East and Turkey, Cisco Cisco’s security research organisation Talos’ initial analysis of the global ransomware worm attack that has affected multiple organisations worldwide points to the attack starting in the Ukraine. There have been other reports of this attack appearing in France, Denmark, Spain, the UK, […]


Petya: How to protect your business from the latest global ransomware attack

A new and major ransomeware attack has spread throughout the US and Europe. The ‘Petya’ ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms with infected computers displaying a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom worth $300. Here’s some expert advice about the best course of action to take to protect your systems: Becky Pinkard, Vice President, […]


First phase of Smart Dubai plan successfully completed

The Board of Directors of Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has held its tenth meeting, presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board. Al Tayer congratulated board members on the successful completion of the first phase of the Smart Dubai Plan. This proved that all the concerned parties were determined to mobilise […]


UAE’s real estate provider Deyaar selects Yardi Voyager 7S

Deyaar Development, one of the UAE’s largest property development and real estate services companies, has selected Yardi Voyager 7S to perform lease and property management across its extensive project portfolio. Alongside Voyager 7S, which streamlines property accounting, lease and property management, Deyaar has adopted Orion Business Intelligence. This powerful, fully mobile solution has more than […]