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AI seen as a Silver Bullet

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New research from global cybersecurity firm ESET reveals that the recent hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is deceiving three in four IT decision makers (75%) into believing the technologies are the silver bullet to solving their cybersecurity challenges

PC market grows for the first time in 6 years

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After a long spell of negative growth, Gartner found the worldwide PC shipments grew for the first time in six years during the second quarter of 2018 and totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter reflecting a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017. All regions experienced some growth compared with a year ago. While the results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said this sign of market stability is not enough to declare […]

Regional businesses favour multi-factor authentication

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A recent survey conducted by HID Global revealed that organizations with more than 250 employees in the Middle East region favoured multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a reliable method for employee and customer verification. Ninety-five percent of respondents said that MFA was a fundamental requirement at their organization, which demonstrates the reliability and robust adoption of the technology. The survey exclusively polled C-level executives and senior IT decision makers across large enterprises, specifically government entities, leading banking and financial instructions, utilities, […]

Attacks leveraging MS Office exploits grow fourfold

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Attacks based on exploits are considered to be very powerful, as they do not require any additional interactions with the user and can deliver their dangerous code discreetly. They are therefore widely used; both by cybercriminals looking for profit and by more sophisticated nation-backed state actors for their malicious purposes.

Algeria mobile market begins recovery

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Algeria’s mobile phone market recovered from an extremely turbulent 2017 to post strong growth for the first three months of 2018, according to the latest figures announced today by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s newly released Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that device shipments in the country increased 18.3% quarter on quarter (QoQ) in Q1 2018.

AI to add $182 billion to UAE economy by 2035

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to boost economic growth in the United Arab Emirates by 1.6 percentage points and add US$182 billion to the national economy by 2035, according to a recent report by Accenture. The report looked at 15 industries in the UAE and 13 in Saudi Arabia to determine the potential sector-specific impact of AI on the economies of the Middle East.

CEO priorities are shifting to embrace digital, Gartner

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Growth tops the list of CEO business priorities in 2018 and 2019, according to a recent survey of CEOs and senior executives by Gartner. However, the survey found that as simple, implemental growth becomes harder to achieve, CEOs are concentrating on changing and upgrading the structure of their companies, including a deeper understanding of digital business.

Gartner survey reveals scarcity of current blockchain deployments

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Only 1 percent of CIOs indicated any kind of blockchain adoption within their organizations, and only 8 percent of CIOs were in short-term planning or active experimentation with blockchain, according to Gartner’s 2018 CIO Survey. Furthermore, 77 percent of CIOs surveyed said their organization has no interest in the technology and/or no action planned to investigate or develop it.