The onset of the pandemic in 2020 gave rise to global acceleration in the uptake of digital platforms and services. This surge was consolidated in 2021, as it became clear – in emerging and developed economies alike – that digital is the new normal.
Essam Al Shiha, CEO, Saudi Business Machines
Saudi focuses on cybersecurity and emerging technologies to protect private data
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.