BlackBerry buying German firm for voice encryption

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 31st, 2014

BlackBerry has always touted its mobile devices as secure. But now it plans to make them “more secure” by acquiring a German company that specializes in voice encryption. BlackBerry will acquire Secusmart GmbH, which …

Work release

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

Employees and employers alike are embracing the move to mobile technology in the workplace. For employees, this means a greater amount a freedom when it comes to when and where they work. For employers, mobile technology can mean a boost in productivity and efficiency.

In the bank

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

With a range of forecasts from research firms Gartner and IDC stating that MENA IT spending will increase in 2014, will CIOs find their budgets swelling, and if so, which areas are most in need of the spend? Who stands to benefit and what can the Middle East do to catch up with more developed regions?

Thirst for knowledge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Neil Menezes’ journey to becoming Group Director of Information Technology Operations at Jumeirah Group was a series of personal highlights, which saw an initial interest in computer games transform into a thirst for networking expertise.

Malicious mobility

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

From paying bills on our smartphones to banking on our tablets, we are living more and more of our lives on our mobile devices. However, with all of this agility comes a measure of concern.

Banking on IT

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 18th, 2014

During CNME’s annual Security Strategist conference a group of the region’s banking IT leaders met to discuss the current state of banking security, and the future of the industry. In partnership with CNME, aeCERT hosted the event which explored threats specific to the banking industry.

Soaring threats

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 18th, 2014

: In conjunction with Palo Alto Networks, CNME hosted a security roundtable for delegates from the aviation and logistics industries at the Habtoor Grand Hotel as part of its Security Strategist Conference in April, where IT leaders discussed the security issues their industry is facing.

Busting SDN myths

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.

Trend Micro: Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - April 13th, 2014

Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned in a blog post on Thursday.

The promise of SDN

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - April 8th, 2014

In partnership with CNME, delegates from Brocade hosted a roundtable at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on 24th March, which gathered a select group of IT leaders from around the region to discuss the future of Software Defined Networking and Ethernet Fabric.

Dell unveils BYOD product plans

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 2nd, 2014

Dell has unveiled enterprise mobility software for Google Android or Apple iOS that supports BYOD use by selectively applying VPN controls only to the corporate apps on the device, not the employee’s personal apps.

Aruba unveils Mobility-Defined Networks

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 20th, 2014

Aruba Networks has unveiled its Mobility-Defined Networks, a new architecture that aims to enable IT departments in the Middle East to build an ‘all-wireless workplace’ designed to enhance #GenMobile productivity and job satisfaction.

Managing more

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 20th, 2014

As enterprises move forward into the world of virtualisation, BYOD and cloud computing, the need for IT management services becomes more apparent. We spoke with Raj Sabhlok, President, ManageEngine, to discuss the role of IT management companies.

Aruba announces five software tools for optimising Wi-Fi networks

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - March 13th, 2014

Aruba Networks has announced a package of software upgrades designed to better accommodate all-wireless workplaces, including sites where employees use three different mobile devices with multiple applications.

Driving user satisfaction with IT

Contributor by Contributor - March 12th, 2014

With growth in the Middle East at a high pace, IT departments are under pressure to deliver rapidly and contain costs. Along with fast delivery, IT operations have the responsibility to ensure services meet exacting standards with high availability, writes Steve Dulvin, a a senior technology officer in the banking industry.

Quest for growth

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - March 12th, 2014

Jumbo Electronics is tapping new technologies as it forges the path to business innovation

Symantec rolls out mobile security solutions

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 27th, 2014

Symantec showcased its most recent mobile solutions for both businesses and consumers this week at two industry conferences, Mobile World Congress and RSA Conference 2014.

BlackBerry rolls out BES12 for enterprise mobility

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

BlackBerry has unveiled plans for BlackBerry  Enterprise Service 12 (BES12), a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. In addition, a new promotional program will …

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

Will CIOs be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 3rd, 2014

IDC recently predicted that CIOs will be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks, whereby mobility solutions and BYOD policies are integrated into infrastructures. How accurate is this prediction, and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

iPhones change the business landscape

Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire by Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire - January 30th, 2014

It is difficult to remember the revolution the iPhone caused, says Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire

Cisco & Intel: IT departments losing control through cloud services

Antony Savvas by Antony Savvas - January 26th, 2014

The cloud offers senior executives the business control they demand, according to international research from Cisco and Intel, meaning IT departments need to “become more collaborative and innovative”.

Apple edges back toward the data centre

Ryan Faas by Ryan Faas - January 23rd, 2014

Recently, Apple seems to be falling back into some of its old habits and it now looks like the company may be starting to inch its way back to the data centre.

VMware acquires AirWatch in $1.54 billion deal

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - January 23rd, 2014

VMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, with $1.175 billion being paid in cash and $365 million arriving in installment payments and assumed unvested equity.

Gartner: By 2018 less than 0.01 percent of mobile apps will succeed

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 16th, 2014

Consumers are increasingly turning to recommendation engines, friends, social networking or advertising to discover mobile applications rather than sorting through the thousands of mobile apps available, according to Gartner.

Morgan Stanley: CIOs in Europe and US project healthy IT budget increases for 2014

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - January 15th, 2014

CIOs at midmarket and large companies in Europe and the U.S. will spend 4.5 percent more on IT products and services this year than in 2013 as they focus their budget priorities on cloud computing, ERP and analytics software.

7 tips for being a complete security professional

George V. Hulme by George V. Hulme - January 9th, 2014

Today’s information security professionals need to learn more swiftly, communicate more effectively, know more about the business, and match the capabilities of an ever-improving set of adversaries.

2014: Great risks, greater responsibilities

Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA. by Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA. - January 8th, 2014

The need for advanced security is heightened further as we witness the transition to the third platform of computing, says Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

Aruba Networks Saudi roadshow to address Wi-Fi Enterprise Mobility challenges

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 5th, 2014

Aruba Networks is set to host the final leg of its EMEA Mobility Roadshow with an event in Saudi Arabia that will be held tomorrow at the Holiday Inn, Izdihar.

SophosLabs’ trends to watch in 2014

SophosLabs by SophosLabs - December 22nd, 2013

Major technology developments over the last year—and a series of revelations about the National Security Agency that shook the international security community—made 2013 an interesting year. In highlighting the past year’s security events, we’ve considered some emerging trends we are likely to see in the coming year.

The ‘Uncertainty Index’

Michael Goedeker, Director Pre Sales ESG, CEEMEA by Michael Goedeker, Director Pre Sales ESG, CEEMEA - December 17th, 2013

The potential business impact of cyber attacks and data loss, along with high-profile data breaches experienced by organisations like LexisNexis andEvernote, seems to have done little to convince small and mid-size businesses that they should be making cyber security a priority.

Analysis: security weak spots

Stefan Hammond by Stefan Hammond - December 17th, 2013

Reading the coverage of the recent breach of Adobe passwords, we learned that 1.9 million users used “123456″ as their password. That’s right: out of 38 million cracked passwords, almost two million adults used ones more suited to five-year-olds.

Brocade predicts 5 top Middle East IT trends for 2014

Marcus Jewell, Vice President, EMEA, Brocade by Marcus Jewell, Vice President, EMEA, Brocade - December 15th, 2013

Marcus Jewell, vice president, EMEA at Brocade looks into his crystal ball to outline the top technology trends that Middle East enterprises should watch out for in 2014:

Xerox: 60% of employees don’t need office for productivity

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 15th, 2013

Xerox has released results of surveys into mobility in and out of the workplace, which reveal that 38% of workers feel most productive when at home.

Cyber-crime will not stop for Christmas

Florian Malecki, EMEA Solution & Product Marketing Director, Dell Software by Florian Malecki, EMEA Solution & Product Marketing Director, Dell Software - December 15th, 2013

Threats lurk within networks, endpoints or devices, often hidden in poorly configured settings or permissions, ineffective data governance, access management and usage policies. These unseen threats come from all perimeters of the organisation and major trends such as BYOD, big data, cloud, and mobile apps have increased the challenge faced by IT leaders.

Dell jumps into enterprise mobility management

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - December 12th, 2013

Dell Software yesterday introduced a suite of software and services for enterprise mobility management, including a ‘secure workspace’ for mobile devices that lets enterprise IT managers separate work from data apps.

The BYO-Dilemma

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - December 10th, 2013

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has taken the world by storm, with many commentators labelling it an unstoppable force that the enterprise must come to terms with.

How to simplify your infrastructure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - December 10th, 2013

It’s a cold, hard fact that enterprises are putting more strain on their networks now than ever before. On top of this, never before has the risk of downtime been more pertinent―businesses simply can’t afford for their networks to be down, even momentarily, meaning the pressure is on CIOs to ensure that all services are up-and-running all of the time.

Middle East, Africa record highest Ethernet sales in Q3

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - December 9th, 2013

The growing popularity of 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet in data centres helped the Middle East Ethernet switch market record the highest third quarter increase, according to IDC.

Brocade: data centre availability is customers’ top concern

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 8th, 2013

Brocade has released survey results which show that their customer’s primary network-specific concern is ‘data centre availability’ driven by virtualisation and mobility, as opposed to ‘network-complexity’.

The Way Forward

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 4th, 2013

When it comes to security, it seems everyone’s in a state of perpetual panic. Whether it’s mobile malware, BYOD or hacktivism, over the course of 2013 the issue of protecting valuable information and resisting attack has inspired a dizzying and persistent challenge.

Aruba signs MOU deal with Aramex

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 28th, 2013

Aruba Networks has signed a one-year memorandum of understanding with Aramex which will see the logistics and transportation solutions provider using a variety of Aruba’s technologies.

Sophos: SMB managers unaware of IT threats

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 20th, 2013

Sophos has released results of a study which shows some alarming findings on senior management’s knowledge of security procedures in SMBs.

The worse for malware

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 19th, 2013

Through the advent of mobility, smartphones and tablets are now more dangerous devices to enterprises than laptops and PCs.
Mobile malware continues to proliferate, and at the same time employees are insisting on bringing their personal devices to work.

SIM: IT leaders’ main concerns not in-sync with those of employers

Bob Brown by Bob Brown - November 12th, 2013

IT professionals have plenty of reasons to be thankful these days: rising budgets, salaries and job tenures among them. But when it comes to IT management and spending priorities, they often don’t see eye-to-eye with their organisations.

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