Bahrain Government turns to Trend Micro

The Central Informatics Organisation (CIO), the body responsible for regulating the Bahrain Government’s IT systems, has signed a major deal in Manama with Trend Micro to provide anti-virus and content filtering software for the government network's 8000 employees.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  April 29, 2004

The Central Informatics Organisation (CIO), the body responsible for regulating the Bahrain Government’s IT systems, has signed a major deal in Manama with Trend Micro Middle East, to provide anti-virus and content filtering software for the entire government network used by more than 8000 employees. “Bahrain has developed one of the world’s most comprehensive e-government systems. Protecting that e-government system is now a major priority for CIO. The information stored in our computers and the online services we offer need to be available all the time,” says Sheikh Ahmed A. Al Khalifa, Undersecretary of CIO, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trend Micro. At the signing ceremony, Justin Doo, managing director of Trend Micro in the Middle East and Africa, said: “Bahrain’s CIO is setting the perfect example to the region’s business community about the importance of virus protection. Enterprise level organisations just cannot afford to run without a comprehensive virus protection solution. A single infiltration can bring an entire network to a standstill.” The Kingdom of Bahrain's Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) - the former Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) - runs central government computer systems and infrastructure and is the body responsible for regulating Information Technology within the Bahrain Government. The Japanese IT security vendor will implement the software in a series of phases. The first phase commences at once. Trend Micro will also provide on-site consultancy and training to certification level for selected CIO staff and government employees. CIO developer units will play an important role in future improvements by passing Trend Micro’s Beta groups feedback on the software’s performance under real-life operating conditions. Government employees will also be able to use the company's anti-virus products on their home PCs at preferential rates says Trend Micro.

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