Mobily, IBM chosen for security services in Saudi

Ministry of Education selects companies to asses data security requirements

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Mobily, IBM chosen for security services in Saudi Marwan Al-Ahmadi, chief business officer at Mobily.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 9, 2014

Mobily and IBM have been chosen by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education to boost information security throughout its organisation.

According to the Saudi Gazette, IBM's security operations centre will provide management and security services to the ministry, which will be hosted in Mobily's Tier IV-Design and Construction certified data centre.

Mobily and IBM will utilise data security services to provide a comprehensive expert assessment of the current data protection capabilities of the ministry. They will also work with the ministry to assess its data security requirements to develop a holistic data protection strategy aimed at minimising exposure to the organisation.

"The recent increasing rate of security threats from the adoption of new and existing technologies has raised awareness for security protection and management. Through the alliance with IBM, we want to ensure the highest level of security for the Ministry of Education and our customers in the kingdom," said Dr Marwan Al-Ahmadi, chief business officer, Mobily.

The security services offered to the Ministry through Mobily and IBM are designed to provide the highest level of around-the-clock protection and help to proactively manage emerging threats.

Meanwhile, Khalid Bin Omar Al-Kaf, Mobily's CEO, talked about the safety of data being hosted through cloud computing at the Euromoney Conference 2014, which was held at the Al-Faysalia Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday.

He said that Mobily owns several data centres spread around the kingdom, which include information security centres that are certified from Uptime institute, which means that all data are "hosted as per international standards".

Al Kaf also announced that Mobily has entered into several partnerships with "world-class information technology companies to give its clients world-class services".

The partnerships include IBM, Cisco and Virtustream.

According to the Gazette, Al-Kaf said that Mobily is determined to maintain its standing as the most important player in communication and information technology which he expected to contribute strongly to raise the company's revenues.

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