Essam Al Shiha, CEO, Saudi Business Machines

Saudi focuses on cybersecurity and emerging technologies to protect private data

19 January 2020

In this Global Platform video, Essam Al Shiha, CEO of Saudi Business Machines, discusses the increasing demand for cloud services and importance of emerging technologies when it comes to addressing cybersecurity. In 2017 the Saudi government established a National Cybersecurity Authority which encourages government agencies to upgrade cybersecurity and protect private data against cyber attacks. In 2019 Saudi was ranked 13th globally for its commitment to cybersecurity. Saudi Business Machines has established its own information security operation centre that serves customers 24/7, and works with the government to boost local content, encouraging start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises to enter the market. 

Transcript:

Everybody is interested in moving into cloud computing. It's needed within the government sectors along with the commercial or private sectors. There is an increase in demand for cloud services. Vendors help the customers to redesign and to migrate their in-house applications to cloud, and leverage emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain and robotics. But there is the private data and the public data. The public data we have no issue with. The private data is the main assets here in Saudi to protect. 

Essam Al Shiha, CEO, Saudi Business Machines

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