Cisco to Address Collaboration and Cybersecurity as Foundation for Digital Transformation at EGOV4

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  • Keynote to highlight key pillars to success in developing a strategy and roadmap for government e-services
Samer Al-Lahham, General Manager, Cisco Kuwait
Samer Al-Lahham, General Manager, Cisco Kuwait

Kuwait City, Kuwait: Cisco announced today their participation in the 4th E-Government Forum (EGOV4) in Kuwait, to be held from November 27 – 29, 2016 at Courtyard Marriott hotel. The Forum, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, will help attendees from various government agencies in Kuwait gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of the technical, business processes, and human resources considerations of developing efficient e-Services.

Cisco will use this platform to showcase why it’s important that organizations stop thinking about security as a defense-centric approach that is sold by fear, uncertainty, and doubt but rather start thinking of it as an enabler that supports innovation and helps the business go forward. Ziad Salameh, Managing Director and General Manager – West Region, Cisco Middle East will deliver a keynote on ‘Government E-Services – the Journey to Success’ at the event. In addition, Zak Solutions, a leader in e-learning projects and a strategic advisor to the education sector in Kuwait, will join Cisco to showcase how schools and universities are using collaboration technology to improve teaching and learning.

Governments around the world are implementing strategies to transition to secure cloud computing. These initiatives help government ministries and agencies meet mission requirements and solve the problem of tight budgets with cost-effective capabilities. Equally important, they help governments deliver secure, shared services for mobile workers and citizens. Cisco estimates that cybersecurity will drive $7.6 trillion of digital value over the next decade. More than three-quarters of this amount – $5.8 trillion – will result from cybersecurity’s enablement of digital use cases that instigate innovation and growth. As much as digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) provides opportunities to businesses, consumers and citizens, they also create greater opportunities for attackers as modern networks and their components constantly evolve and spawn new attack vectors.

“Government agencies need assurance of a secure, reliable cloud computing strategy to manage their user and citizen information before they can commit to change. The network is the fabric that links clouds and all their components transparently and securely. Cisco addresses government’s uncertainty in cloud computing by focusing on more than just security. Our assurance of integrity, together with our extensive suite of offerings, will help governments meet their critical imperatives and make the transition to the cloud with confidence,” said Ziad Salameh, Managing Director and General Manager – West Region, Cisco Middle East.

In addition to demonstrating how an integrated threat defense architecture can help organizations see 100% of their extended networks and defend it faster, Cisco along with Zak Solutions will share how together they are making education more accessible and flexible in Kuwait via Cisco’s Collaboration for Smart Classrooms which provides unlimited access to educational resources, regardless of location or device. Educational institutions are looking for ways to increase student access while evolving the learning experience and technology offers new opportunities to transform the education landscape, making it easier for educational institutions to reimagine learning.

“With digital transformation, students can learn more and faculty can research in new ways, in new places, with new connections to resources around the world,” said Samer Al-Lahham, General Manager, Cisco Kuwait. “Cisco is leading this transformation with visionary solutions that enable students to learn without limits. Collaboration is at the core of good teaching, learning, and research. It is also how innovation occurs, which should always be the focus of a good educational institution and that is what’s needed in the 21st century.”

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