Microsoft highlights intelligent cloud solutions

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Microsoft this week marked its presence as the Cloud Security Partner at the 7th Regional Cybersecurity (RCS) Summit in Kuwait, a key event hosted by the Communications and information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). The RCS Summit covered keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and technology showcase & demos to enhance the knowledge and understanding of all delegates and attendees to deal with various aspects of Cyber threats and digital security issues.

Organized by ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity, in collaboration with White Paper Summits (WPS), the RCS Summit focused on a vast range of key topics to highlight current trends and future security issues that affect the virtual security of organizations, and interfere in business efficiency.

Commenting on the significance of the event, Eng. Salim Al Ozainah, Chairman and CEO, Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), said: “The RCS Summit is a cornerstone of our effort to create shared learning and dialogue regarding cybersecurity challenges and facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, solutions, and emerging practices that could improve security posture in the region. We commend the efforts of partners like Microsoft for their participation in this event and sharing the best practices to empower governments and organizations take the right security measures.”

A recent Microsoft study surveyed nearly 1,000 GCC-based organisations and found that over 80% of large Gulf enterprises were still using usernames and passwords as the exclusive means of log-in to corporate networks. While 11% use multi-factor authentication, 7% reported using fingerprint-scanning, and just under 1% had adopted facial recognition. Additionally, 41% admitted to having clicked on links within unsolicited emails from unknown parties and just over 61% said their organisation did not yet have a data-classification solution in place.

“A holistic approach to security is key and must involve and end-to-end solution from the cloud to the edge, by a trusted provider. Microsoft has placed trust at the core its organization, and we build security from the ground up in our solutions to deliver the promise of guarding the digital estates of our customers, while they continue to achieve more with no boundaries. The RCS Summit is an ideal platform for us to highlight how our security technologies work in concert with each other to deliver a holistic security platform”, said Charles Nahas, General Manager, Microsoft Kuwait.

With the recent uptake in demand for its trusted cloud services, Microsoft earlier this year announced that it will deliver the secure, flexible and intelligent cloud for its regional customers through two dedicated cloud datacenters, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi; catering specifically to enterprises in the Middle East.

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