Here's how Middle East CISOs can embrace the cloud security model

Many Middle East tech leaders are moving to the cloud for the first time. Here are practical tips for making cloud security work for you: common problems to avoid, the need for in-house skills, why identity management is key, and smart use of threat intelligence.

The pandemic has caused a surge in digital transformation and cloud adoption globally, and the Middle East is no exception. To get the full benefits of cloud computing, though, enterprise IT leaders need to be aware that the technology has its own, unique security model.

To add value to their enterprises' cloud journeys, CISOs will need to work with their technology teams and jointly define an approach to cloud security that takes advantage of its native capabilities and gives business the value they are seeking from digital transformation.

The cloud's business proposition of reduced IT spending, enhanced disaster recovery and faster deployments have made it an ideal model for firms to adopt during the COVID crisis. In the Middle East, many corporate giants have already proved that they can meet their IT demands via cloud adoption. Recent high-profile examples include e-commerce marketplace Noon, which uses Google cloud, and Saudi Ground Services, with Oracle.

Middle East cloud adoption accelerates

With an increased focus on work from home and business continuity in the wake of the pandemic, the public cloud market in the Middle East is poised for tremendous growth. The GCC public cloud market, including IaaS, SaaS and PaaS, is expected to grow from $956 million in 2020 to $2.35 billion in 2024, at an annual growth rate of 25%, according to IDC.

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