By Matthew Gardiner, cybersecurity strategist at Mimecast


What happens when you combine sophisticated anti-phishing attachment inspection, static file analysis, machine executable code in data files, customer reports of false positives, Microsoft Office suite, ActiveX controls and a bit of serendipity? The discovery of an important newly-patched vulnerability with Microsoft Office products!

Monday, 07 January 2019 08:58

Top five security trends to look out for in 2019

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By Firas Jadalla, Regional Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META)


2018 was a year in which many countries focused on implementing and embracing new technologies. In tandem, many nations also witnessed cyber and physical security challenges such as back to back cyberattacks. According to Emirates News Agency (WAM), 274 cyberattacks targeted the UAE alone for the first seven months of 2018, out of which 39 were extremely detrimental. That said, as we move forward to 2019, we clearly notice the continuation of several important trends and the development of some new ones. These trends will have an important role to play in the security sector. From the continued focus on cybersecurity to the acquisition of global players, we have highlighted the top five security related trends to look forward to in 2019.

Sunday, 06 January 2019 16:56

How to Build a Personal Brand

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Words by Medy Navani, CEO & Founder, Design Haus Medy


In today's world, social media's pervasive role in the life and impact of brands cannot be underestimated. Medy Navani, CEO and Founder of Design Haus Medy shares ten tips on creating your own powerful social media footprint and managing it successfully.

By Sami Abi Esber, President -MDS Gulf, Board Member-Midis Group


We are living in an era of unparalleled innovation. As new and emerging technologies continue to redefine IT and business, the pace of change and technological advancement is accelerating. Today, we are looking at a smarter, intelligent future driven by technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, and more. While the industry has already embarked on its digital transformation journey, businesses are yet to realize the full potential of these technologies and how they will shape the way we do business in the future.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:00

EPCs Position Themselves for a Rebound

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By Paul Donnelly, Director Industry Marketing, AspenTech


As we move into 2019, the future for the engineering and construction sector is looking more positive than it has for several years. We expect to see a continued slow but steady recovery over the next 12 months.  Despite persistent instability in oil prices, energy firms have unleashed a new wave of capital spending and money is flowing again, albeit with a sharp focus on capital efficiency.

By Garland J. Nichols, PhD, Xerox Vice President Information Security, Research & Product Development


The Internet of Things — really the Internet of Everything — has disrupted how we view security. It’s not just locking the front door and installing an alarm system as we do to protect physical things. We must secure every aspect of our digital presence on the Internet to be assured we are indeed secure.

By Paige Marie Morse, Chemicals Industry Lead, AspenTech


The chemicals sector continues to grow strongly across all regions and we expect that strength to continue during 2019. Specialty chemicals have been performing particularly well in recent times. Bulk chemicals markets are growing well too, especially in Asia where demand is strong and there is a clear drive towards self-sufficiency, and in the US, where there is a feedstock advantage. Indeed, access to cheap feedstocks continues to provide North American chemicals manufacturers with a significant cost advantage. We have already seen a huge wave of new capacity and we expect a second wave to emerge in the 2021-2024 timeframe.   

By Allison Zimmer, Communications Specialist, Commercial Excellence, Xerox


Between holiday stress, distracted or vacationing employees, unusual sales patterns, and managing your year-end budget, the fourth quarter isn’t the easiest time of year for business owners – especially the small business owner. Not only is everyone looking to you for answers, but keeping your business running smoothly while also trying to grow is no easy task.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 07:19

Facebook Watch: What We've Built & What's Ahead

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By Fidji Simo, Head of Video


2018 was a big year for Facebook Watch. Watch launched to every country around the world, we opened the platform to videos from all Pages, and debuted dozens of Facebook Originals. Amazing new content on Watch really got people talking — from Jada Pinkett Smith's breakout talk show Red Table Talk, to the critically acclaimed dramas Sorry For Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sacred Lies from showrunner Raelle Tucker, to live LaLiga football matches in the Indian subcontinent. We also kick-started our slate of global shows with our first interactive game show Confetti expanding to six new markets this year, and MTV's The Real World arriving next year in the US, Mexico, and Thailand. And creators around the world, like Nas Daily, Jay Shetty, and Laura Clery, are thriving on the platform with their own brands of humor, insight, and creativity.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:37

What a Security Breach Looks Like for Your Business

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By Allison Zimmer, Communications Specialist, Commercial Excellence, Xerox


Cybersecurity isn’t a new issue, but it’s one that’s gaining attention. Businesses of all sizes are realizing the increasing importance of protecting their critical data, and for good reason. As we’ve written before, the cost of cybercrime is expected to rise to $6 trillion by 2021 according to market research firm Cybersecurity Ventures. And it’s a landscape that is constantly changing, which means your strategies for addressing it need to keep up.

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