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Fortinet to Focus on Zero Trust Access, Secure Networking, Cloud Security, and Security Operation Solutions



Alain Penel, the Regional VP for ME and Turkey, at Fortinet, says it is critical to maximise artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to defend against evolving attack techniques

Tell us about the cybersecurity trends for 2023.
The threat landscape continues to evolve and 2023 is predicted to bring forth both old and new threat tactics. CIO and CISO teams are being asked to overcome significant challenges as they work to manage business-critical initiatives such as securing work-from-anywhere, ​enabling digital acceleration, ​staying ahead of increased cyber risk, ​and supporting sustainability goals.

Last year many organizations faced increased cyber risks resulting from the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT) networks. So, investment in solutions like FortiNDR can allow organizations to quickly identify anomalies, analyze emerging threats in real-time, and automate responses to mitigate cyberattacks.

With attacks increasing in speed, agility, and sophistication, it is also critical to maximize artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to defend against evolving attack techniques. Given that most organizations are still struggling with talent shortages for skilled cyber workers, organizations should strongly consider services like FortiGuard AI-Powered Response.

Organizations should also consider deception technology. Deception can provide value across the attack chain by not only deceiving adversaries, but also detecting, enabling forensics data, or even helping with real-time mitigation.

What is the theme of your participation at GISEC 2023?
As has been the case for many years, GISEC is a key platform for industry leaders to meet and discuss cybersecurity challenges as we face an increasing number of cyberattacks and see the nature of threats changing due to digital transformation. As an industry leader in cybersecurity, for more than 20 years, it was an obvious choice for Fortinet to participate in this major event. We will be present on stand A90 (Exclusive Networks).

At Fortinet, innovation lies at the heart of everything we do and is rooted in over 20 years of prioritizing research and development in our company’s culture which has resulted in the industry’s broadest portfolio of cybersecurity solutions with over 50 security-related products. We offer a wide range of technologies, including Secure SD-WAN, next-generation firewalls, 5G, and OT security, which can be delivered in software, hardware, cloud, and as a service.

Which products and solutions will you be showcasing at GISEC 2023?
Thanks to a dedicated pod on the booth, visitors will be able to discover our latest solutions from the Fortinet Security Fabric, the platform at the heart of the Fortinet security strategy. The Fortinet Security Fabric brings together the concepts of convergence and consolidation to provide comprehensive cybersecurity protection for all users, devices, and applications across all network edges.​

Zero Trust Access, Secure Networking, Cloud Security, and Security Operation solutions, among others, will all be available for on-demand demonstrations.

How are you equipped to help companies overcome digital security and privacy challenges?
Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet’s solutions. Our security solutions are the most deployed, most patented, and among the most validated in the industry. Our broad, complementary portfolio of cybersecurity solutions is built with integration and automation in mind, enabling more efficient, self-healing operations and rapid response to known and unknown threats.

Just recently, we announced new security operations center (SOC) augmentation services designed to help strengthen organizations’ cyber resiliency and support short-staffed teams strained by the talent shortage.

Is there a skills gap in the cybersecurity industry? What needs to be done in order to bridge that gap?
The cybersecurity skills gap continues to be a serious problem worldwide. According to the Fortinet 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report, the organizations surveyed say that the cybersecurity skills gap has contributed to 80% of breaches. Inadequately trained employees and short-staffed cybersecurity teams are making it difficult for organizations globally to keep their critical digital assets safe from threats, which is why cybersecurity awareness and training, among other things, is a critical part of any security strategy to protect organizations against threats.

Fortinet wants to be a significant contributor to bridging the talent shortage. As part of this commitment, Fortinet has pledged to train one million people in cybersecurity by 2026. The Fortinet Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Training Institute programs are our initiatives focused on educating individuals and providing certifications to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge base.

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Cyber Security Speed Signs Partnership with ConnectWise to Expand into the Middle East



Cyber Security Speed, a leading global provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions, has announced its strategic expansion in the Middle East region and the establishment of pivotal partnerships with key players in the Gulf. This expansion is driven by the company’s commitment to fortifying businesses against evolving cyber threats and delivering cutting-edge OT/ICS Security capabilities.

As part of its global growth strategy, Cyber Security Speed is excited to establish a strong presence in the Middle East. The region’s rapidly evolving digital landscape presents both opportunities and challenges, making it imperative for businesses to adopt robust cybersecurity measures. Cyber Security Speed’s expansion in the Middle East marks a significant step in its mission to safeguard enterprises and critical infrastructures from sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Cyber Security Speed is proud to announce a strategic partnership with ConnectWise, a renowned provider of software solutions for technology service providers. This partnership will empower businesses in the Gulf to leverage the seamless integration of Cyber Security Speed’s state-of-the-art cybersecurity suite with ConnectWise’s platform. Through this integration, technology service providers can now offer enhanced security services to their clients, delivering a holistic cybersecurity approach with proactive threat prevention and real-time incident response capabilities.

Carlos Becerra, CEO of Cyber Security Speed, remarked oan the partnership, “Our collaboration with ConnectWise reinforces our dedication to providing comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to businesses in the Gulf. Together, we can elevate the region’s cyber resilience and foster a secure digital environment for enterprises and end-users alike.”

With the increasing reliance on interconnected operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS), the vulnerability to cyber threats has amplified in critical sectors. Cyber Security Speed’s cutting-edge OT/ICS Security capabilities offer businesses advanced defence mechanisms, ensuring the continuous operation and protection of vital infrastructure against potential cyber intrusions.

Cyber Security Speed’s portfolio boasts APT Detection and Response capabilities, providing proactive identification and neutralization of advanced cyber threats. Complemented by a robust Incident Response team and a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC), the company ensures swift and efficient incident management, enabling businesses to promptly mitigate security breaches and prevent extensive damages.

Building on its proven track record, Cyber Security Speed has cultivated strategic partnerships with both private sector entities and government institutions in the Gulf. These partnerships aim to create synergies between industry experts and cybersecurity specialists to address the unique challenges faced by the region’s businesses.

“Our collaborations with prominent private sector organizations and esteemed government bodies in the Gulf have played a pivotal role in strengthening our presence in the region. The shared vision of a secure digital landscape unites us in our pursuit of fortifying critical infrastructures and securing businesses from cyber adversaries,” stated Carlos Becerra.

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GISEC Global 2024 to Bring the Cybersecurity Industry’s Biggest Collaborative Movement



After the monumental success of its record-breaking 11th edition in 2023, the Middle East’s largest and most impactful cybersecurity event is rallying the world’s attention on the industry’s biggest collaborative movement, as it aims to decode and demystify the biggest cyber threats amid the great global digital upheaval.

GISEC Global 2024 ( will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 23-25 April 2024, gathering the world’s foremost cybersecurity companies, InfoSec professionals, CISOs, cyber hygiene decision makers and government leaders to rise against the ever-evolving threat of the dark cyber-criminal underworld seeking to devastate critical infrastructure or pilfer company accounts.

The 12th edition of the annual three-day cyber super-connector will build on the unstoppable momentum from 2023, when it welcomed 500 cybersecurity brands and 14,837 attendees from 127 countries, its double-digit year-on-year growth in-line with a Middle East cybersecurity market that, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan, will grow annually by 20 per cent over the next seven years to value $31 billion by 2030.

As governments and corporates march forward with bold digital transformation agendas to improve lives and boost bottom lines, enhancing cyber resilience has risen to the top of boardroom discussions to protect the proliferation of critical data and digital assets.

GISEC Global 2024 will ‘take the attack to the attackers’, presenting the latest solutions for buyers across diverse sectors, from aviation, construction, energy, education, and finance, to government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and telecommunications. Hundreds of top digital security and transformation companies have already confirmed their participation at the region’s leading pureplay cybersecurity event, which is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre, and features its extensive conference programme along with the GISEC CISO Circle, unlocking the biggest conversations and strategies shaping the modern cybersecurity agenda.

World record-breaking cyber challenges and hackathons are also set to return, gathering thousands of ethical hackers and students from across the world to face off against and find solutions to, real-world threats.

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Video: Edgio Says Automation Will Bridge the Talent Gap in the Security Industry at GISEC 2023



In this interview, we speak with Richard Yew, Senior Director, Product Management – Security, Edgio, about his company’s participation at GISEC Global 2023:

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