Qualys launches UAE Cloud for Middle East organisations to effectively address security

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Qualys – provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions – have recently announced the launch of the Qualys UAE Cloud; the platform will allow public and private enterprises across the Middle East to innovate as the company brings them security and visibility across their hybrid IT environment.

Cloud market and predictions

The move comes as regional cloud migration reaches fever pitch. In 2019, YouGov revealed that 88% of IT stakeholders in the UAE were planning budget increases for cloud computing.

Across the GCC, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerant to digital transformation, with the International Data Corporation (IDC) projecting that the Gulf’s public cloud market alone will more than double over the next four years, from US$956 million in 2020 to US$2.35 billion in 2024. IDC also predicted that hybrid clouds — known for their complexity and compliance issues — will grow in popularity.

However, many organisations in heavily regulated industries such as banking, oil and gas, and government have had to consider issues such as privacy and data residency when planning their migration journeys – the Qualys UAE Cloud platform has the potential to eliminate these barriers and act as the company’s main hub for the Middle East.

“Organisations need to innovate with greater ease”

Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director (Middle East) at Qualys, remarked: “The UAE has been a clear leader in cloud-first technology strategy, as it has moved forward boldly with its ambition to become a regional data hub.

“The Qualys UAE Cloud will help further this goal. It is a clear signal of our resolute commitment to the country and the wider region and comes at a pivotal moment — amid an economic crisis — when organisations need to innovate with greater ease.

The Qualys UAE Cloud

The Qualys UAE Cloud will offer the company’s key solutions including VMDR (Vulnerability Management, Detection and Response), Multi-Vector EDR, Global IT Asset Inventory, Configuration Management, Certificate Inventory, Threat Protection, Continuous Monitoring, Patch Management, Container Security, Web Application Scanning and Web Application Firewalls.

The Qualys Cloud Platform will now support several local compliance requirements such as the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre’s (ADSIC) Information Security Policy and the UAE Information Assurance Regulation. It will also allow Qualys’ partners the opportunity to offer cloud services to sectors that are highly regulated.

“In today’s global digital economy, the competitiveness of nations is dependent on their ability to leverage technology in ways that set them apart,” said Andrew Ward, Senior Vice President – NBI Products & Solutions, du.

“The UAE’s cloud-first strategy, as set out in the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority’s guidelines of 2018, calls for the establishment of a regional data hub. As such, we commend Qualys for pursuing its vision to launch a UAE-based cloud-services platform.”

The Qualys UAE cloud will be available in December 2020 – to find out more information, visit: https://www.qualys.com/

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