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Denodo Strengthens Middle East Focus with New Riyadh Headquarters

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Denodo has opened its new Middle East regional head office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). To inaugurate the office opening, Denodo launched its first “Denodo Data Day” with Her Highness Dr. Shaikha Dheya Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa and delegates from Google Cloud, among others, as guest speakers. The new office will support new and existing Denodo customers and partners in the Middle East, providing them with direct access to the company’s experts in logical data management and AI-supported data solutions. This regional expansion is a testament to Denodo’s growing business and its customers in the region.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in the Middle East with the opening of our new office in Riyadh, a city known for its rapid growth and innovation,” said Ángel Viña, CEO and founder at Denodo. “Riyadh is host to a growing number of companies and government agencies, particularly in the technology, finance, and energy sectors – including the ambitious NEOM City. This new office will enable us to better serve our customers in the Middle East, providing them with our ‘fearless data’ approach to logical data management and the cutting-edge solutions they need to stay ahead in today’s competitive market.”

Denodo has made significant investments in AI and GenAI, which supports the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 AI goals of making Saudi Arabia an international AI hub. Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in AI to diversify its economy. PwC recently published estimates that AI will contribute more than $135 billion to Saudi Arabia’s economy by 2030, which would lessen its reliance on revenue from oil. The Kingdom’s National Strategy aims for a global AI ranking of 15 by 2030. Recently, Saudi Arabia gained the top spot for AI government strategy. However, data management remains a hurdle. Traditional methods are complex and slow, hindering businesses seeking AI’s potential in areas like customer experience.

“Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Middle East, and it’s going through an amazing period of growth and change,” said Gabriele Obino, regional vice president and general manager, Middle East, Denodo. “Denodo is a pioneer in logical data management, and we are offering local and regional organizations, in various industries including aviation, healthcare and Government, the opportunity to start or continue their digital transformations to modern cloud and GenAI-based data solutions.”

By fostering strong collaboration with key technology providers and systems integrators, such as the global cloud hyperscaler Google Cloud, Denodo demonstrates that its customers in the Middle East have access to the most innovative and comprehensive data solutions available, empowering them to make informed, data-driven decisions to help them stay ahead in today’s competitive landscape.

Niall McDonagh, director, EMEA Public Sector, Google Cloud, emphasized the unique position of Google Cloud in Saudi Arabia: “As the only cloud provider with a dedicated region in Saudi Arabia, Google Cloud is uniquely positioned to support the digital transformation needs of this vibrant market. Our partnership with Denodo for the inaugural Denodo Data Day in Riyadh is a pivotal moment for us to showcase how our cloud solutions, coupled with Denodo’s logical data management technology, can drive significant advancements in key industries such as finance, healthcare, government, and education. We are also excited to highlight the capabilities of our Google Cloud Center of Excellence, which provides strategic guidance and cloud technology expertise.”

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Tenable to Acquire Eureka Security

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Tenable Holdings has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eureka Security, a provider of data security posture management (DSPM) for cloud environments. Eureka Security helps security teams gain a holistic view into an organization’s cloud data security footprint, fight policy drift and misconfigurations that put data at risk, and continuously improve their security posture over time. The acquisition is expected to close this month.

By adding DSPM capabilities to its CNAPP solution, Tenable will help customers identify key evidence related to cloud data risk, including where sensitive data resides in the cloud, who has access to that data and the severity of the risk posed by potential data compromise. This type of visibility is central to an organization’s ability to accurately assess its cloud security compliance. In the 2024 Tenable Cloud Security Outlook study, 95% of organizations polled had experienced cloud-related breaches in the previous 18 months. Among those, 92% reported exposure to sensitive data, and a majority acknowledged being harmed by the data exposure.

“Eureka Security’s technology will enable Tenable to provide even better prioritization of cloud risks and identify toxic combinations beyond vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and over-privileged access to include data at risk as well,” said Shai Morag, senior vice president and general manager of Cloud Security, Tenable. “This is another example of how we’re pushing the envelope in cloud security innovation for customers and leading the market forward by developing best-in-class capabilities.”

“Eureka Security’s data-centric approach provides the visibility, control and automation needed to navigate the dynamic cloud landscape while ensuring the highest level of security and compliance,” said Liat Hayun, co-founder and CEO, Eureka Security. “We’re excited to join Tenable. Integrating our capabilities into Tenable’s CNAPP offering creates a compelling capability for customers. Tenable also brings an expansive customer base and strong go-to-market capabilities. We couldn’t have found a better match to help us expand our mission to reduce cloud data risk globally.”

The integration of DSPM will round out the current Tenable Cloud Security solution that already includes such key capabilities as unified CNAPP, iron-clad CSPM protection, cloud workload protection and industry-leading CIEM, among others, which will give security teams the context and prioritization guidance to make efficient and accurate remediation decisions. The Eureka Security DSPM capabilities are expected to be natively integrated into Tenable Cloud Security and its leading CNAPP solution later this year.

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Hidden Champions: Behind These Popular Applications Are Hard Drives

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Written by Rainer W. Kaese, Senior Manager of Business Development Storage Products at Toshiba Electronics Europe
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Netskope Joins Google Workspace Security Alliance

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Netskope has joined the Google Workspace Security Alliance to extend security and data protection for Workspace users. The Netskope One Platform provides a number of advanced security capabilities that protect data, defend against threats, and ensure users have fast and secure access to Google Workspace productivity and collaboration tools, including Gemini for Workspace.

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud technologies to drive innovation and efficiency, they are also challenged to secure sensitive data from a range of cyber risks, including:

  • Ongoing increases in the number of users uploading sensitive data to personal instances of cloud applications
  • New and evolving threat techniques such as abuse of certain applications for critical data access, back doors, and financial gain; compromise of credentials to access critical business data; insider threats; and more
  • Data exposure from the insecure use of both managed and unmanaged AI-based productivity tools

Netskope and Google Workspace empower organizations to embrace modern collaboration and productivity by enabling the secure use of AI-based productivity tools. Netskope provides advanced data loss prevention (DLP) techniques, delivering real-time visibility and control over users, data, and corporate vs. personal cloud instances. In addition, Netskope’s comprehensive threat protection through both API and inline controls detects threats in Google applications and monitors data movement and threat propagation between Google Workspace apps and third-party ecosystem applications.

“Netskope is proud to expand its partnership with Google Workspace by joining the Workspace Security Alliance. There are already thousands of customers using Netskope to safeguard their Google Workspace applications, and this new partnership further enhances the secure usage capabilities for application specific data protection policies,” said Andy Horwitz, VP, Global Partner Ecosystems, Netskope. “Together, Netskope and Google Workspace can help customers modernize their productivity stack. We look forward to helping customers safely optimize their employees’ daily productivity.”

The Netskope and Google Workspace partnership enables organizations to embrace collaboration and productivity while safeguarding critical data. Joint customers can now more effectively:

  1. Support best practice use of Gemini for Google Workspace: Leverage real-time user coaching to help enforce best practices in application usage. Organizations can gain visibility into data movement to minimize sensitive information sharing while achieving data compliance objectives.
  2. Protect sensitive data: Detect and manage access to sensitive data within Google Workspace applications, enforcing policies to prevent unauthorized data movement across platforms, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive, Box and Dropbox.
  3. Stop insider threats like data exfiltration: Prevent the download of sensitive data from Google Workspace business instances and then the upload to personal instances, which is one of today’s top reasons for data loss. Additionally, apply this control to unmanaged devices: allow unmanaged or personal device access to a specific cloud app for collaboration, however, do not allow downloading of sensitive data.
  4. Detect and stop elusive threats and malware: Protect against malware and phishing delivered from the cloud. Netskope’s multi-layered advanced threat protection (ATP) enhances security within Google Workspace and across cloud applications.
  5. Maintain compliance in Google Workspace: Ensure that organizations can adhere to regulations and meet compliance needs by enforcing security policies within Google Workspace.

“By partnering with Netskope, a leading SASE vendor, customers can confidently expand their Google Workspace adoption leveraging their existing IT infrastructure investments,” said Nikhil Sinha, Group Product Manager, Google Workspace. “Netskope instance awareness enables fine grained data governance policy differences to both corporate and personal Google Workspace accounts. We are excited to partner with Netskope to provide these advanced security capabilities to our customers.”

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