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Kingdom’s ICT spending to exceed $35 billion in 2016

ICT spending in Saudi Arabia will reach $35.9 billion in 2016 as organisations across the Kingdom have started to embrace digital transformation initiatives in an effort to optimise costs and improve their business process efficiencies. “The Saudi ICT market is highly competitive, and only the most progressive service providers with strong capabilities around emerging technologies […]


UAE among top-20 countries facing greatest risk of online infection in 2015

The Kaspersky Security Bulletin Overall Statistics Report for 2015 placed United Arab Emirates on the 19th spot globally, among countries facing the greatest risk of online infection. According to the report, 32.58% of Kaspersky Lab product users in the UAE were targeted in 2015. The UAE was also positioned as a ‘high risk’ country with […]


IoTWF 2015 highlights – Awaken, Activate and Accelerate the IoT

The third annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) 2015 in Dubai was a huge success with over 2000 attendees from across the world getting awakened to the Internet of Things (IoT) possibilities. The event featured visionary keynotes byleaders and experts from top companies such as Etisalat, Emirates, Visa, Intel, Siemens AG, Rockwell Automation, GE, […]


Looking forward: The 2016 security landscape

Whether it’s a sophisticated threat group or simply an amateur, organisations, big and small, are now more than ever in the crosshairs of attackers. 2015 had a fair share of incidents such as the cyberattack on TV 5 Monde, by the ISIS-linked ‘Cyber Caliphate’. But the year also saw campaigns from alleged state-sponsored actors, including […]


Egypt’s ICT sector to increase GDP contribution to EGP 200 billion by 2021

Smart Cities, Ports, and Sports are Egypt’s three key verticals for digital transformation to support economic and job growth over the next six years, SAP announced today at Cairo ICT 2015. The Egyptian government plans to triple ICT’s GDP contribution from EGP 65 billion ($8 billion) in FY 2014-2015 to EGP 195 billion ($25 billion) […]


Brocade’s top transformative networking trends for 2016

The Year 2015 has seen organisations disrupting their markets with the digital transformation of their businesses as they embrace 3rd Platform computing and New IP networking strategies that have helped them become leaders in new markets. Moving into 2016, more businesses are expected to leverage smart machines and transformative technologies to give them a clear […]


Sophos cyber security predictions for 2016

In the ever changing and increasingly complex landscape of cyber security, Chester Wisniewski, Senior Security Consultant and other experts at Sophos offer their top predictions for 2016. Android threats will become more than just headline-grabbers Next year will see an increase in the number of Android exploits becoming weaponised (as opposed to bugs like Stage […]


Pulse Secure 2016 security trends & predictions

There is no disputing the fact that 2015 wasn’t a great year for IT security. We saw a number of high profile breaches and this was also true for the Middle East. The rise of BYOD, Cloud, IoT and virtualisation have only added another layer of complexity when it comes to enterprise security, writes Abdul Rehman, […]


‘Bring Your Own Encryption’ for securing cloud-based data

While cloud computing, virtualisation, and other enabling technologies are integral to the Always-On business, it should not detract from the importance of security; Bring your own encryption (BYOE) could reprioritise this for decision-makers, writes Gregg Petersen, Regional Director, Middle East and SAARC at Veeam Software. Bring your own encryption, or BYOE, is a relatively new cloud […]


Middle East & Africa PC market suffers worst ever decline

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market suffered another sharp decline in Q3 2015, according to the latest insights from global technology research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Shipments slumped 27.8% year-on-year, which represents the steepest decline ever recorded in the region for a single quarter. Desktop shipments declined 21.0% year on […]