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Cisco addresses cloud security at du Cyber Security Conference

Gartner expects market for cloud-security services to double in 2016 from last year

Security must be integrated into the very fabric of an organisation, says Manson.
Security must be integrated into the very fabric of an organisation, says Manson.

Cisco has announced its sponsorship of the Du Cybersecurity Conference to be held in Dubai on October 9, 2016 at Madinat Jumeirah.

Given the increasing transition of services and storage into the cloud and the prevalence for mobile services and applications, Cisco will use this platform to share insights and shed light on how public sector organisations can keep systems safe from intrusions while safeguarding information and privacy, the company says. The event will bring together information security leaders from the government, security and financial sectors who will share their experiences and discuss the latest developments in the field of online security.

At the conference, Cisco cyber security expert, Naji Ukaily, will address issues related to digital transformation and how public sector can assess the security posture of specific cloud service implementations, whilst reducing the associated risks in a unique, scalable way. His keynote, titled “Cybersecurity in the Digital Economy”, will be delivered on October 9, 2016 at 12.45PM. 

Cloud represents a significant opportunity for telcos and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) considering their huge customer base, customer care centres and billing systems, networks and their IT infrastructures based on data centres. Forrester forecasts that the global market for cloud computing will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020. Yet, security is still the number one concern for enterprises that move parts of their IT into the cloud.

“While multi-cloud environments are increasingly becoming the answer to IoT, cybersecurity is an incumbent urgency as the world gets more and more connected. Cloud computing is a disruptive technology model that is changing the way public sector organizations evolve their digital business models, consume information and technology, and deploy and deliver new services. As ICT systems are extended and merged, there is growing fear that sensitive data that is collected and held by public entities will be vulnerable to criminal hackers or other types of unauthorized disclosure. Public sector organizations and service providers are especially vulnerable because their operations are tied so closely to the public’s trust,” said Scott Manson, cyber security leader for Middle East and Turkey, Cisco.

“Security must be integrated into the very fabric of an organisation, and it takes a security-conscious organisation to ensure that every level of cyber protection is met. We are extremely proud of our association with Du and support their efforts to highlight the importance of security as a growth enabler and a competitive advantage,” concluded Manson.

According to Gartner, the market for cloud-security services is expected to reach nearly $4 billion in revenue in 2016, up from $2.1 billion last year. As more businesses move to the cloud, it’s essential that companies work with partners that understand best practices of cloud security and provide transparency when it comes to their solutions.