Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 17


Fortinet completes acquisition of Bradford Networks

Fortinet , a leader in broad , integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions which operates in the Middle East , has completed the acquisition of Bradford Networks .

The acquisition enhances the Fortinet Security Fabric by converging access control and IoT security solutions to provide large enterprises with broader visibility and security for their complex networks .
“ As large organisations continue to see high growth in network traffic and the number of devices and users accessing their networks , the risk of breach increases exponentially ,” said Ken Xie , Founder , Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer , Fortinet .
“ According to a recent Forrester study , 82 % of companies surveyed are unable to even identify all devices accessing their networks . The integration of Bradford Networks ’ technology with Fortinet ’ s Security Fabric provides large enterprises with the continuous visibility , microsegmentation and access control technology they need to contain threats and block untrusted devices from accessing the network .”
Widely recognised by Gartner and Forrester , Bradford Networks has won numerous awards and is trusted by large enterprises worldwide to protect and defend against threats from the ever-increasing digital
Ken Xie , Founder , Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer , Fortinet
attack surface . Rob Scott , Chief Executive Officer , Bradford Networks , said : “ Bradford Networks ’ technology is already integrated with Fortinet ’ s Security Fabric including FortiGate , FortiSIEM , FortiSwitch and FortiAP products to minimise the risk and impact of cyberthreats in even the toughest security environments such as critical infrastructure – power , oil and gas and manufacturing .”

Bahrain Telecommunications Company appoints new chairman


Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Bahrain Telecommunications Company

( Batelco ), has announced the appointment of a new chairman , Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa .
Shaikh Abdulla will replace Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa , who has served as chairman since December 2016 .
Shaikh Mohamed has played an integral role during his term in implementing the company ’ s strategic plan and the board extends their appreciation to him for his efforts .
Shaikh Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer at Osool Asset Management with more than 20 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry .
Shaikh Abdulla is the chairman of SICO Investment Bank , board member of BBK and board member of Amanat Holding PJSC . He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the George Washington University , USA .
Batelco has played a pivotal role in the country ’ s development as a major communications hub and is a leading integrated communications ’ provider , continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market .
The Batelco Group has evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to become a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 14 geographies , including Jordan , Kuwait , Saudi Arabia , Yemen and Egypt .
The company has been growing overseas by investing in other market-leading fixed and wireless operators . www . intelligentcio . com INTELLIGENTCIO