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UAE Cybersecurity Council partners with CPX Holding to deliver world-class solutions for threat assessment and response

HE Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti , Head of Cybersecurity , UAE Government ( L ) and Khaled Al Melhi , CEO , CPX

The UAE government ’ s Cybersecurity Council has signed a strategic partnership with CPX Holding , a leading provider of digital-first cybersecurity solutions and services , to facilitate swift and coordinated responses to future cyber incidents in the UAE .

The cooperation aligns with the wider objective of the Council to prioritise , develop and implement nationwide defence capabilities in collaboration with national entities and international allies .
The agreement was signed during GITEX Global between HE Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti , Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government and Khaled Al Melhi , CEO of CPX .
The two parties will engage in a multi-year program to standardise the UAE ’ s national cybersecurity operations and elevate the cybersecurity resilience of the country by building world-class capabilities to respond to all types of incidents and threat actors . CPX offers a wide variety of assessment , protection and operational services .
These include threat intelligence and deep dive assessments , designing incident response protocols and security operations centres ( SOCs ) and cybersecurity training and awareness campaigns .
“ Creating safe and strong cyberinfrastructure in the UAE has proven instrumental to the progress of ambitious economic and social initiatives across the nation ,” said Al Kuwaiti . “ Mobilising the entire UAE cybersecurity ecosystem to jointly confront threats in cyberspace will enable all individuals and businesses to thrive in an increasingly digital world .”

Microsoft launches Azure Availability Zones to heighten competitiveness of UAE organisations

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Availability Zones , to be delivered via its UAE data centres in Dubai .

The investment , which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of UAE businesses through the vital provision of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions , reinforces Microsoft ’ s commitment to the UAE government , its business community and its population .
“ With the advent of the always-on economy , uptime and continuous access to critical data , applications and workloads have become front-of-mind concerns for the region ’ s technology stakeholders ,” said Naim Yazbeck , General Manager , Microsoft UAE . “ As businesses move forward amid increased industry upheavals and competition from market disruptors , competitiveness hinges on the ability to remain operational even as external issues destabilise markets and supply chains . Backups alone will not deliver such capabilities . Rapid recovery requires strategy-focused infrastructure and solutions to work effectively . That is what Azure Availability Zones delivers .”
Azure Availability Zones is a critical building block of a comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery strategy . It is designed to guarantee resilience and availability of business-critical applications and data in times of crisis , through advanced architecture and built-in , end-to-end security .
The launch of Azure Availability Zones also signifies the readiness of Microsoft ’ s UAE cloud locations to form the backbone of organisations ’ futureproofing programmes , undertaken in the wake of the COVID pandemic crisis .
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