Marc Ferranti

Editor in Chief

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Molerats APT renews phishing attack against Middle Eastern governments

GISEC spotlights critical infrastructure, cybersecurity automation

GISEC spotlights critical infrastructure, cybersecurity automation

The Middle East's biggest security conference opens this week as CIOs and CSOs deal with increasing IT infrastructure complexity and other security challenges brought on by the pandemic. Here's what to expect.

Match programme brings African tech talent to the Netherlands

Match programme brings African tech talent to the Netherlands

While Europe has a shrinking labour pool, Africa has a burgeoning young population that is increasingly tech savvy. The International Organization for Migration's Match project connects Nigerian and Senagalese tech talent to Benelux...

Ransomware attacks dip, but UAE remediation costs average over $500,000

Ransomware attacks dip, but UAE remediation costs average over $500,000

The Middle East, which until recently has had relatively little experience with remote work, has been vulnerable to ransomware. Though the number of tech leaders who say they've been hit with ransomware has declined lately, that may...

Dutch spending on IT set for rebound this year, Forrester says

Dutch spending on IT set for rebound this year, Forrester says

After COVID-19 depressed investments in ICT, the Dutch technology market is well positioned for growth in 2021, with business and government spending on technology rising above pre-pandemic levels, and growing faster than other top EU...

The Netherlands made a huge bet on quantum computing — will it pay off?

The Netherlands made a huge bet on quantum computing — will it pay off?

The Dutch government is bound to strengthen the country's position in quantum computing with a planned €615 million investment, but its grand ambitions to create a quantum computing Silicon Valley for start-ups and aid Europe's quest...

Saudi Arabia frees spectrum for emerging Wi-Fi, 5G applications

Saudi Arabia frees spectrum for emerging Wi-Fi, 5G applications

Saudi Arabia is the first country in the Middle East, Europe, or Africa to designate all 1200MHz of the 6GHz radio band for unlicensed use, paving the way for applications in areas including robotics, VR, telemedicine and IoT.

New Raxio data centres signal demand for SaaS, cloud tech in sub-Sahara

New Raxio data centres signal demand for SaaS, cloud tech in sub-Sahara

As businesses and government entities throughout sub-Saharan Africa accelerate plans for digital transformation and adoption of cloud technology, data centre developers and operators are rushing to meet demand.

Report: Africa's software talent offers affordable outsourcing options

Report: Africa's software talent offers affordable outsourcing options

Businesses looking to outsource will find coding talent at affordable prices in Africa, with South Africa, Kenya and Mauritius among the market leaders and Nigeria emerging as a powerhouse, according to impact sourcer Tunga.

IT spending in Middle East, Africa to rise this year, IDC says

IT spending in Middle East, Africa to rise this year, IDC says

Migration to cloud will help fuel a 2.8% growth in IT spending in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey this year, after a slump due to the pandemic.

Victims of SolarWinds attack include organisations in the UAE, Israel

Victims of SolarWinds attack include organisations in the UAE, Israel

Microsoft has located victims of the breach in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

For its cloud region in Israel, Oracle goes underground

For its cloud region in Israel, Oracle goes underground

Oracle appears destined to be the first cloud provider to open a hyperscale date centre in Israel, offering the comlete range of its applications and services in a highly secure facility in Jerusalem.

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