Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 | Page 8

NEWS Palo Alto Networks reveals 71% of UAE residents trust IoT technology Gartner Summit to put focus on cybersecurity T he UAE has far higher levels of trust in IoT technologies, such as smart home devices and wearables, compared to Europe, according to research commissioned by Palo Alto Networks. The research shows that 71% of respondents surveyed in the UAE believe that IoT technology is secure, compared to an EMEA average of just 38%. In the UAE, just 22% of respondents think IoT technology is either ‘not very secure’ or ‘not at all secure’. The survey results are likely to resonate in the UAE, which is keen to utilise IoT and AI to help drive economic growth. In March, Dubai published its IoT Strategy including a bold vision to build the world’s most advanced IoT ecosystem in a bid to improve people’s lives. The strategy aims to achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transition to a 100% paperless government. Haider Pasha, Regional Chief Security Officer, Emerging Markets, Palo Alto Networks, said: “The level of trust in IoT technology in the UAE appears to be far ahead of the EMEA average. This is very encouraging for the UAE, especially in light of the country’s commitment to harness the power of technologies including IoT and AI for economic growth and development. Continuing to work on maintaining this trust is vital to help this technology reach its full transformative potential.” T he Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit will be held in Dubai at the end of October to encourage organisations to place sufficient emphasis on cybersecurity. The event, held on October 28 and 29 at Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, will encourage attendees to ‘Make Security and Risk Matter to Your Organisation’ by improving their resilience, accelerating innovation and driving business growth with their entire organisation behind them. Participants will be able to find out how they can shift organisational culture to improve cybersecurity, privacy and business. And they will be able to develop leadership and communication skills to 8 INTELLIGENTCIO get business leaders on board making security and risk enterprise-wide priorities. A comprehensive update on cybersecurity threats and solutions will be provided and there will be a chance to learn new best practices for cloud security, AI, IoT and access management. There will be opportunities to interact with leading Gartner experts, industry peers and solution providers to meet critical priorities. The conference will feature a line-up of inspirational guest keynote speakers as well as Gartner-invited end-user case study speakers. Gartner is a leading research and advisory company that equips leaders and their teams with insights, advice and tools to achieve their goals.