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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 […]

New McAfee report reveals how threat hunters are fighting cybercrime

McAfee, a cybersecurity company which operates in the Middle East, has announced the release of ‘Disrupting the Disruptors, Art or Science?’, a new report investigating the role of cyberthreat hunting and the evolution of the security operations centre (SOC). Looking at security teams through four levels of development—minimal, procedural, innovative and leading, the report finds […]

Comment: Data lakes define the future of healthcare

By Roberta Katz, Director, Dell EMC Global Solutions, Healthcare – Life-Sciences We are all part of the ‘Information Generation’ a growing community of digital citizens that puts the world’s information at our fingertips. As both patients and consumers of healthcare information, our expectations for preventative care and wellness, diagnosis speed and treatment, and disease management […]

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 […]

Gartner says worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 2.4% in 2017

Middle East technology businesses, including the enterprise security sector, are set to benefit from a forecasted growth on IT spending next year. Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.4% increase from 2016, according to Gartner Inc. This growth rate is up from the previous quarter’s forecast of 1.4%, due […]

Ingram Micro named new Red Hat Training reseller partner in the United Arab Emirates

Ingram Micro Training MEA, a leading provider of instructor-led technical training, has announced it is partnering with Red Hat as a Red Hat Training Reseller for the United Arab Emirates region. With this partnership, Ingram Micro is now authorised to resell Red Hat Training services throughout the region, including open enrolment courses, onsite courses and […]

Why 5G networks cannot be built without network virtualisation

The telecommunications industry has seen a new mobile standard being launched every ten years. The first generation of analog based mobile networks or 1G was released in 1982. The second generation of mobile networks or 2G was launched in 1991, and introduced digital protocols leading to GPRS and EDGE extensions. Subsequently much faster and efficient […]

Optimised management helps deliver more reliable container operation

By Andreas Neeb, Chief Architect Financial Services Vertical at Red Hat In just a short space of time, container technologies have carved out a place in enterprises in the development and operation first and foremost of new applications. An important factor in increasing their prevalence is high-performance management, enabling containers to be used efficiently and […]

SAP partners with Saudi Aramco to create digital business marketplace

Deal will help Saudi Aramco to efficiently manage bids, and connect and collaborate with thousands of global suppliers Digitisation of energy industry in line with Saudi Vision 2030 SAP is partnering with Saudi Aramco in creating a new solutions platform to enable Saudi Aramco to launch a digital business marketplace with thousands of its buyers […]

After the disappearance of Alphabay: What will happen next?

By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows The AlphaBay dark web marketplace has been inaccessible since July 5. With no substantive explanation from the site’s owners, users have speculated that either an exit scam (where administrators steal user cryptocurrency deposited to the marketplace and shut down the services) or law enforcement action has taken […]

ServiceNow brings machine learning to everyday work

ServiceNow has announced machine learning capabilities to tackle some of the biggest problems in IT. With ServiceNow Intelligent Automation Engine, companies can now prevent outages before they happen, automatically categorise and route incidents, predict future performance and benchmark performance against IT peers. Capability will also bring machine learning to ServiceNow cloud services for Customer Service, […]

Comment: Why does new technology fill CIOs with anxiety?

By James Parker, Chief Revenue Officer, Tata Communications Whenever a new technology emerges that challenges the way people and businesses have been doing things for years or even decades, the initial excitement is soon over-shadowed by uncertainty, anxiety and reluctance to try something new. The CIO and the rest of the senior management, the IT […]

Machine learning – taking your security team to the next level

By Raj Samani, Head of Strategic Intelligence, McAfee LLC Machine learning is all around us, enriching our online lives everyday. We see it with our own eyes when search engines accurately predict what we’re looking for after we type only a few letters. We feel it protecting our bank accounts, evaluating credit card transactions for […]

Average cost of a data breach in Middle East stands at $4.94 million

Malicious or criminal attacks are the most frequent cause of data breach in the Middle East IBM Security has announced the results of a Middle East study exploring the implications and effects of data breaches on businesses located in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon […]

Research shows more confidence dealing with hackers than data security

• 84% of IT professionals in the Middle East feel perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorised users out of their networks • However, 66% are not extremely confident their data would be secure if perimeter defences were breached and 74% say unauthorised users can access their networks • Businesses in the region are confident […]

Comment: Cybersecurity starts with training your employees

By Mohammed Basheer, IT Security Practice Head, ISYX Technologies The Petya ransomware attack that hit computers around the world recently, the second in two months, is yet another reminder that computers play key roles in most enterprises, and that it does not take much to disable those computers. Irrespective of how robust your information security systems […]

Digital Shadows announces enhancement to its Dark Web security capabilities

Comprehensive enhancements of its award winning Searchlight service, highlights the breadth and depth of coverage organisations must consider in their digital risk management strategy across the open, deep and dark web Digital Shadows, an industry leader in digital risk management, has announced comprehensive enhancements of its award-winning SearchLight solution’s dark web coverage capabilities. It has […]

Huawei and Omantel to Deploy Middle East’s First network

Huawei has announced it will jointly deploy the first network in the Middle East working with Omantel, a leading operator in Oman. The announcement was made at the ninth annual Huawei User Group Meeting. Huawei’s E2E solution will support Omantel to construct ultra-broadband networks more efficiently by reusing existing copper lines. Omantel, the first […]

Smart Dubai signs MoU with Rochester Institute of Technology to develop Master’s in Data Science

Our goal is to expand the scope of academic achievements in vital scientific sectors such as data science, says H.E. Younis Al-Nasser The programme will contribute to the adoption of the latest scientific tools and link its outputs with current services in Dubai As part of its efforts to promote scientific research and strengthen cooperation […]

Red Hat launches the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, has announced the availability of the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite. As cloud-native, containerised applications grow in importance to CIOs focused on enterprise digital transformation, IT infrastructure and management technologies need to adapt to the unique needs posed by modern applications, while still maintaining […]