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July 27, 2017

DXB traffic tops 43 million passengers in the first half

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) surpassed 43 million in the first half of 2017, according to the traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.   DXB handled a total of 43,054,268 passengers during the first half, up 6.3 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2016 when the airport welcomed 40,507,251 passengers. Monthly traffic in June reached 6,084,674 compared to 5,857,503 during the same month last year, up 3.9 per cent. The relatively modest growth was the outcome of the holy month of Ramadan falling in June, a traditionally slow month.   During the first six months, the top country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes were India [...]

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July 25, 2017

Know Where to Find Your Digital Risk

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

 

Approximately 250 years ago Samuel Johnson said, “The next best thing to knowing something, is knowing where to find it.” This is quite a fitting quote from the author of A Dictionary of the English Language and equally fitting today when it comes to understanding your digital risk.

There’s a great deal of intelligence organizations can find on the deep and dark web. Credit card numbers, bank account information, patient information and intellectual property are widely known to be for sale on forums. Now some of the intelligence is more eye opening. We’re seeing W-2 forms , and employee [...]

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July 25, 2017

Business confidence improves in Dubai during Q3-2017

Business leaders in Dubai are more positive about their expectations of business conditions and business confidence in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new survey conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Business Leaders’ Outlook Survey revealed that 39% of respondents expect to see business conditions improve in Q3-2017. Around 43% of surveyed business leaders expected no change in business conditions, while 18% expected conditions to worsen over the same period.

The survey revealed that 45% of business leaders expected business confidence to strengthen in the third quarter of this year, compared to the 37% who predicted no change and 18% [...]

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July 25, 2017

Expo 2020 Dubai teams up with Accenture to help ensure seamless digital experience

From information security and customer relations to virtual assistance and geolocation services, Expo 2020 Dubai is teaming up with leading global professional services company Accenture to create a powerful and engaging digital experience for millions of visitors from around the world.

As the newly appointed Digital Services Premier Partner and Systems Integrator, Accenture will play a key role in making the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region one of the fastest, smartest and best connected places on Earth.

To achieve this, Accenture will work with Etisalat Digital, a business unit of the international telecoms and technology [...]

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July 24, 2017

Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts new “Destruction of Service” attacks; scale and impact of threats grow

The Cisco® 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential “destruction of service” (DeOS) attacks. These could eliminate organizations’ backups and safety nets, required to restore systems and data after an attack. Also, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), key industries are bringing more operations online, increasing attack surfaces and the potential scale and impact of these threats.

Recent cyber incidents such as WannaCry and Nyetya show the rapid spread and wide impact of attacks that look like traditional ransomware, but are much more destructive. These events [...]

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July 23, 2017

Trescon to honour India’s Top Performing Pharma CIOs and CEOs

Trescon is honouring 50 top performing CIOs and 10 CEOs from the ever-growing Indian Pharmaceutical industry in the upcoming Pharma CIO Conclave & Awards taking place on 9 August 2017 in Mumbai.

Promoting the transformation of the life sciences industry from its current state to a more competitive player in the Indian economy, Trescon has extended its efforts beyond just creating another event for the industry. At the inaugural Pharma CIO Conclave and Awards, Trescon is hosting international and regional pharma IT advisors in Mumbai who will help CIOs and IT heads learn and explore effective IT strategies. It will also feature global innovators who will showcase their [...]

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July 21, 2017

Ahmed Bin Saeed: 41,589 air traffic movements in Dubai and the Northern Emirates in June

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), announced the latest air traffic movement figures for the month of June, which reveal a total volume of 41,589 movements in Dubai & Northern Emirates’ airspace.

According to the air traffic movement figures report released by Dubai Air Navigation services, a total of 31,243 movements have been registered at Dubai International Airport (DXB), with, 15,491 movements in arrivals and 15,515 in departures. In addition, the daily average during the month was 1,041 movements and 237 helicopter movements.

Furthermore, air traffic movement figures [...]

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July 20, 2017

Digital Shadows lifts the lid on credit card fraud gangs cashing in on $24 billion a year

Digital Shadows, the industry leader in digital risk management, today reveals the findings of an in-depth study carried out by its team of multilingual analysts assessing the changing habits and tactics of organized credit card fraud gangs. It points to increased sophistication of a professional ecosystem as fraudsters seek to up-skill themselves and novice would-be cyber criminals.

By analyzing hundreds of criminal forums, Digital Shadows discovered a new trend in the form of remote learning ‘schools’. Available to Russian speakers only, these six-week courses comprise 20 lectures with five expert instructors. The course includes webinars, detailed notes and course material. [...]

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July 20, 2017

DSOA Bags Best Infrastructure Innovation Award for Silicon Park Project in Collaboration with NxN

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, the integrated free zone technology park, in collaboration with NXN (formerly neXgen), the leading Smart city consulting and digital service provider, have received the prestigious ‘Best Infrastructure Innovation Award’ for its Silicon Park project at the annual Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards ceremony held in London.

Recognising the industry’s most significant project partnerships and showcasing the very best projects in telecommunications, the award celebrates DSOA’s collaboration with smart city advisory and managed services provider NXN towards the establishment of Dubai’s [...]

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July 20, 2017

Dubai Customs gets AED 1.07 billion Return on Innovation

Dubai Customs continues to drive innovation and creativity in developing government and trade services, yielding great returns in the process.

An aggregate of AED 1.07 billion was added by Dubai Customs from 2004 to 2015 as income and cost savings due to the implementation of 17,771 employee ideas and suggestions.

Hussain Fardan, manager of Innovation Center at DC, attributes  the remarkable return on innovation (ROInn) to the systematized management and efficient optimization of employee suggestions developing them into productive ideas and innovations that support Customs business and overall government performance.

“The innovation approach adopted by Dubai [...]

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July 19, 2017

New Mimecast Sync & Recover for Exchange and Office 365 Streamlines Recovery of Lost or Corrupted Email Data

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, today introduced Sync & Recover for Exchange and Office 365. As more organizations move email and its data to Office 365, they need to better protect this data against malicious or accidental loss. Sync & Recover offers unified management of compliance, archiving and data resilience. The new service also provides organizations with protection against downtime in the event of a ransomware or other malware attacks, while cloud-based efficiency can quickly restore corrupted or lost email data.

Organizations have long deployed backup and recovery systems in conjunction with Exchange on-premises mail servers, [...]

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July 19, 2017

Ali Amer to Lead Cisco’s Global Service Provider Business in the Middle East and Africa

Cisco announced today that Ali Amer has been appointed Managing Director for Global Service Provider Sales in the Middle East and Africa at Cisco.

In his new role, Ali will be responsible for helping telecommunications service providers transform their networks, businesses and customers’ experiences to capture the opportunities created by the digital era. In addition to driving the segment’s sales strategy and growth across the Middle East and Africa, he will also focus on streamlining business operations, including sales and channel strategy, business development and customer support.

Amer will report to Peter Karlstromer, Senior Vice President for Global Service [...]

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July 18, 2017

Dubai as The Local Data Hub of MENASA Region

In line with the leading role that Dubai is playing globally across several different sectors, and driven by its forward-thinking leadership, Dubai was selected today to be a regional hub for city data, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. As a result, Dubai is now in a direct position to inform and drive progress towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Secretariat of The Dubai Executive Council and the World Council on City Data (WCCD) are currently in discussions to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would see Dubai become the Local Data Hub of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.

Discussions are [...]

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