Intelligent CIO Kuwait Issue 5 | Page 21

A PUBLICATION Providing Unparalleled Technology Intelligence ISSUE 05 // Banking on security Cybersecurity expert discusses threat landscape Talking point IT Director reveals what makes him tick Enhancing efficiency SAP Kuwait executive talks expansion Rapid connectivity Leading ISP Qualitynet deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for flexible 400G connectivity to enable quick and efficient service delivery. IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS | LATEST INTELLIGENCE | REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATIONS EDITOR’S NOTE W elcome to the latest edition of Intelligent CIO Kuwait. This month we feature a wide-ranging interview with Mustafa Gangardiwala, Head of Information Security Unit, Industrial Bank of Kuwait. It’s always fascinating to speak to cybersecurity experts who are at the top of their game and with the banking sector, across the whole of the Middle East region, very much under threat Gangardiwala is able to offer a perceptive insight into the current situation. We ask him what he thinks is the current hot technology talking point, what he currently identifies as the major areas of investment in the industry and what the region-specific challenges are when implementing new technologies in the Middle East. For anyone aspiring to obtain a C-level position he has some interesting advice and he also provides us with an insight into his own management philosophy. Be sure to find out more by turning to page 29. This month’s cover features Qualitynet deploying ADVA’s FSP 3000 platform for nationwide data transport at speeds of up to 400Gbit/s. The solution enables one of Kuwait’s leading Internet Service Providers to offer flexible ultra-high capacity connectivity to its residential, business and government customers. Mohammed Nizar Al-Nusif, CEO, Qualitynet, tells us about the multiple benefits it offers. “Thanks to the ADVA FSP 3000 OpenFabric aggregating lower-speed services onto high-speed wavelengths, we can efficiently provide the data rates Kuwait’s businesses require,” he says. “Our new network also provides unprecedented protection. In the event of any fibre issues, the FSP 3000 OpenFabric automatically discovers new paths, enhancing availability and quality of service.” You can discover the full story by turning to page 37. This edition’s Get To Know article features Mohammad Alotaibi, Director of IT – Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority. We talk to him about his career and his most memorable achievement in the workplace. We even ask if there was one career decision he could change what would it be. He certainly provides us with a thoughtful and philosophical response that most of us would do well to learn from. Turn to page 44 to find out what it is! As usual we have the latest news from around the region and your favourite features. If you would like to be included in the magazine feel free to email me at [email protected] and don’t forget to visit kuwait/ for the latest updates. Mark Bowen Editor INTELLIGENTCIO 21