Technology is radically changing the expectations of consumers and citizens.
In Dubai, the government has stated explicitly that traditional processes need to be continuously updated to ensure efficiency and speed in Government to Consumer (G2C) and Government to Government (G2G) services. As they put it:
"Leveraging emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, along with harnessing Data Science capabilities, we are recreating everyday experiences for residents and visitors of Dubai, making them more personalized, seamless, efficient and impactful."
But this level of digitalisation needs to be cyber secure.
Governments and their agencies must build security into their new technologies.
Citizens must be kept safe from a wide range of hostile threat actors and unlike other regions across the globe, where monetizable data is the main target for cyber attackers, the Middle East is witnessing a surge in political and strategic hacking. Given the prevalence of state-directed attacks, it is states who are best-placed to defend their populations.
At the same time, the private sector must also redouble its efforts and invest in cloud security and data security as major cloud service providers set up in the region and business pivots to a Cloud-first strategy.
On top of this, the Data Protection Law (DPL) implemented in Bahrain in April 2019, and the likelihood that the UAE will also enact strict data privacy rules by the end of 2020, are forcing MENA organisations to rethink their data security framework.
As a result, MENA enterprise information security and risk management spending will total US$1.7 billion by 2020, an increase of 10.7% from 2019, according to a recent forecast by Gartner.
|DATE||March 10, 2020|
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