Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 40 - Page 8

NEWS UAE broadcasters lead US$16 billion media innovation market SANS Cyber Security Middle East Summit & Training 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi Savitha Bhaskar, COO, Condo Protego U AE broadcasters are leading innovation in the world’s US$16 billion digital media and entertainment market, optimising how customers experience content on any device at any time. Numerous media free zones – such as Dubai Production City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City, and TwoFour54 in Abu Dhabi – enhance the UAE’s standing as a regional and global hub for broadcast media. In response to changing customer needs, the UAE is at the forefront of digital innovation in audiovisual content creation and distribution across multiple formats, channels and languages, says Condo Protego, the UAE- based IT infrastructure and information management consultancy and solutions provider. “Broadcast media – whether TV, video on demand at home, or digital videos in taxis – has become pervasive in our lives in the UAE, and will only continue to increase,” said Savitha Bhaskar, COO, Condo Protego. “UAE media companies are among global early adopters in having content readily accessible to create, distribute, personalise, and analyse content from anywhere, at any time and on any device.” As media companies adopt high definition formats such as 4K and digitise archives, the global media and entertainment storage market will grow by 45% to US$16 billion by 2021, according to a recent Technavio report. Condo Protego estimates that UAE media companies adopted 20 to 25 petabytes of storage in 2018. 8 INTELLIGENTCIO S ANS have announced the launch of the first SANS Cyber Security Middle East Summit and Training. community with the expert guidance and skills needed to stop cyberattacks against their organisations. The 2019 Summit will be held on April 4 in Abu Dhabi, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. This event will be the first in a series of SANS Summits to be held in the Middle East. Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute, said: “Organisations in the region continue to experience a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, which is creating overwhelming pressure on their inadequately staffed cybersecurity teams. In addition to the summit, world-class SANS courses are being offered to help participants expand their information security expertise. SANS instructors are experienced industry practitioners considered to be among the best cybersecurity instructors in the world. They will provide those taking part and their “The shortage of cybersecurity professionals around the globe has never been more acute. In fact, a recent Gartner survey reveals that only 65% of organisations globally have cybersecurity experts. It, thus, becomes even more important to invest in developing cybersecurity skills of the future, today.”