Spokesperson: Danny Allan, VP, Product Strategy at Veeam

 

“Over the past twelve months, GDPR has displayed two key characteristics: it’s both specific, and it has teeth. GDPR is clear about who it serves, who it applies to, what it enforces and what the penalties for failure to do so are. As a result of this, people are increasingly viewing data privacy as a basic human right, akin to freedom of speech.

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By Mansoor Sarwar, Regional Technical Director at Sage Middle East

 

The impact of digital transformation on every aspect of the business – from back-office processes to the customer experience – means that it’s more important than ever for technology and business strategy to be in lockstep. Though there is a great deal of discussion about the importance of the chief executive, CMO (chief marketing officer), and CHRO (chief HR officer) in digital transformation, the pivotal role of the CFO (chief financial officer) is sometimes overlooked.

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By Mansoor Sarwar, Director - Technical Services and Pre-Sales at Sage Middle East.

 

CIOs today must master the difficult balance between managing the risks of deploying immature technologies and those of being left behind by emerging, disruptive trends if they are to help their businesses drive profitable growth in the years to come.

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David Grout, EMEA CTO, FireEye

 

Since adoption a year ago, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has changed the security landscape significantly. The regulation has allowed organizations to increase their security maturity and we have clearly seen an increase in breach notifications and have noticed a more open discourse of these topics, which were previously often "taboo" and poorly documented. When it comes to the Middle East, many of the organizations here have adopted their cyber security strategies to align with international standards. I believe regional firms also have a greater understanding of the importance of security governance and take it much more seriously than before.

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Author: Aaron Weiss, vice president and general manager, Retail Solutions, HP Inc.

 

It’s been an exciting couple of months for us on the HP Retail Solutions team. Late last year, we unveiled a new portfolio of retail devices, including the brand new HP Engage Go Convertible, the next generation of sleek, versatile, and secure technology for the rapidly evolving needs of retail and hospitality customers. And earlier this year at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, we announced the new HP Engage One Prime, an Android-based all-in-one point-of-sale system designed specifically for the retail and hospitality space, and we are just getting started.

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By Jim Morrissey, VP US Channels Document Technology Partners, Xerox Corporation

 

Cloud computing has been great news for customers, offering higher service levels at lower cost. Initially, many IT channel partners saw it as bad news for themselves, eliminating many hardware purchases and the service engagements attached to them, including installation, integration, maintenance, repair, support, training, and more.

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Author: Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Vice President, MENA at A10 Networks

 

Fifth generation networks, just like the preceding 4G LTE and WiMAX networks, are expected to greatly increase available bandwidth, with improved end-to-end performance providing a better end-user experience. In the most basic of terms, 4G LTE was the long-term evolution of Radio Access Networks (RAN); 5G is the next iteration.

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By: Andy Coussins, Head of International, Epicor Software

 

According to a 2016 PwC report, 62% of Middle East organisations expect to have advanced levels of digitisation and integration by 2021. While this indicates a strong appetite in the region for Industry 4.0, it is worth pointing out that the transition from initial pilot stage to the large-scale roll-out of an Industry 4.0 and digital transformation project is no easy task. In its "Digital Manufacturing Global Expert Survey 2018", McKinsey highlights how even successful pilot projects often fail to make it into everyday industrial life.

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Threat actors are relentlessly targeting end users for their credentials to penetrate corporate networks and businesses must be proactive in their cyber security hygiene measures, explains Kamel Heus, Regional Director, Northern, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Centrify.

 

The recent Intersec 2019 held in Dubai had an interesting participant: an American company selling padlocks of increasing size and weight, guaranteed to be unbreakable.

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NordVPN Gives Advice on How to Create Strong Passwords

 

March 14, 2019. For the fifth year in a row, the world’s most popular passwords are “123456” and “password.” Despite the constant reminders from cybersecurity and digital privacy experts, people still tend to create weak and easily hackable passwords. It is estimated that about 3% of internet users have used “123456” and approximately 10% used at least one of the top 25 worst passwords.

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