Data security is the biggest challenge in digital transformation for 81% of Gulf Region companies

Eighth annual GBM Security Survey reveals how cybersecurity can break the digital transformation deadlock

Hani Nofal

Hani Nofal

Dubai, UAE: Gulf Business Machines (GBM) has revealed the findings of the 8th edition of its annual cybersecurity study. This year’s survey highlighted the role of cybersecurity in the digital transformation of organizations, and explored how an organization’s cybersecurity approach enables digital transformation projects to succeed. GBM has been actively helping organizations to overcome the technological or organizational barriers or the ‘digital deadlock’, and identifies specific strategies to revitalize their digital transformation projects.

The latest GBM security survey, polled 750 security and IT managers and professionals from a range of industries in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait. This year’s survey indicated that 81% of organizations in the Gulf region found securing data as their biggest challenge during the digital transformation journey. The survey also revealed that security teams have a very small degree of involvement in creating organizations’ digital transformation strategies. Only 15% of respondents said that their security teams are involved completely in the digital transformation journey.

Hani Nofal, Vice President of Intelligent Network Solutions, Security and Mobility at GBM said, “Organizations should learn to use big data towards insights that make it possible to predict and respond to cyber-attacks. It is also important for organizations to develop a blueprint for formulating a security strategy aligning to digital transformation, which ensures they take a holistic and integrated approach to the security technology implementation. Furthermore, organizations will be less vulnerable when they make their security team a stakeholder in their digital transformation journey.”

The region has seen an increased move towards cloud over the last few years, and the survey also addressed companies’ concerns regarding data and cloud security in their move towards cloud computing. 25% of respondents mentioned that their biggest concern about cloud adoption was the recent data breaches cloud providers have faced. The survey also indicated that respondents believed infrastructure security was one of the most challenging domains when tackling digital transformation, as scalability and agility played a key part in securing the infrastructure. It revealed the increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate processes and to fill the gap for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

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About Gulf Business Machines (GBM)

With more than 29 years of experience, 7 offices and over 1500 employees across the region - Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is a leading end-to-end digital solutions provider, offering the region’s broadest portfolio, including industry-leading digital infrastructure, digital business solutions, security and services. We have nurtured partnerships since 1990 with the world’s leading technology companies and invested in a talented, skilled workforce to implement solutions that cater to customer’s specific, complex and diverse business needs.

Some of our strategic partners in the Gulf include IBM as their sole distributor throughout the GCC (excluding Saudi Arabia and selected IBM product and services), Cisco as a Gold Partner (the highest level of certification at Cisco), and VMware as a Premier Partner (the highest partner status within VMware).

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