Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 82 | Page 16


Cisco appoints Abdelilah Nejjari as new MD for the Gulf region

Based in Dubai , he will oversee all the company ’ s operations across the UAE , Qatar , Kuwait , Oman , Bahrain , Yemen , Pakistan , and Afghanistan .
Nejjari brings over two decades of diverse experience in ICT and executive leadership to the role , including more than fifteen years with Cisco . In addition , Nejjari will be responsible for driving Cisco ’ s business growth and strategy , focusing on accelerating digital transformation for customers across the Gulf region , and working closely with Cisco ’ s partner ecosystem .
Reem Asaad , Vice President , Cisco Middle East and Africa , said : “ Cisco is deeply rooted in the Gulf countries and our commitment to support the region ’ s Digital Transformation has never been stronger . I am confident that Abdelilah ’ s expertise coupled with his leadership abilities will tremendously contribute to bolstering innovation in the region .”
Abdelilah Nejjari , Managing Director , Gulf , Cisco

Cisco has announced the appointment of Abdelilah Nejjari as the new managing director for the Gulf region .

Abdelilah said : “ I am honored to be trusted with the opportunity to lead Cisco in the fast-growing Gulf region where governments are taking leading steps to drive the development of knowledge-based economies . I look forward to extending Cisco ’ s momentum across the region and supporting our customers and partners .”

Ooredoo unveils short-term affordable cybersecurity packages

Ooredoo , Qatar ’ s ICT provider and official Middle East and Africa telecommunications operator of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 , has announced a suite of special short-term , affordable cybersecurity packages to help business customers protect themselves against DDoS attacks and web-related attacks such as ransomware during the event .

With major events such as FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 increasingly reliant on digital systems and technology , cyberattacks that affect the confidentiality , integrity or availability of these systems can have a disruptive impact resulting in financial and or reputational damage .
Customers can protect their businesses against such attacks with Ooredoo ’ s DDoS Mitigation Suite , its managed detection and response solution – 24 by 7 IT assets monitoring through cloud-based SIEM – and its Application and Website Protection , available as part of the special FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 packages .
Thani Ali Al-Malki , Executive Director Business , Ooredoo , said : “ We know cybersecurity is a huge priority for business owners year-round , but especially during such high-profile events as FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 when all eyes will be on our country and its businesses . Our strategic investment in technology and innovation allows us to offer the very latest in stateof-the-art cyber-security solutions , so our customers can focus on ensuring their businesses deliver the best .”
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