GBM launches revolutionary cyber defense program ‘GBM Shield’

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GBM Shield introduced at GBM’s flagship Security Summit in line with Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Following the acquisition of leading cybersecurity service provider Coordinates Middle East last month, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) has announced the launch of GBM Shield, its most comprehensive cybersecurity offering to date. With October recognized as Cybersecurity Awareness Month globally, GBM Shield was introduced to regional organizations at the flagship GBM Security Summit held in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi earlier this week, thus marking a new chapter in cyber defense for the region. 

Developed to address evolving security challenges that regional organizations face due to the sophisticated threat landscape, the GBM Shield cyber defense program taps into GBM’s extensive experience and local know-how, while also providing 24/7 access to GBM’s uniquely skilled team of security professionals. In a holistic approach to cybersecurity, the program is risk-driven rather than technology-driven, thus enhancing existing technologies within an organization to elevate its security and cyber resiliency and increase the returns on security investment.

Last month, GBM had announced the acquisition of majority shares of Coordinates Middle East, a regional Managed Detection & Response firm headquartered in Dubai. GBM Shield will be powered by Cor., Coordinates’ innovative platform that enables integration, automation, and orchestration across any technology to provide defense-grade services to enterprises of all sizes.

GBM’s annual cybersecurity report released earlier this year highlighted how redesigning security for the digital-first world and protecting it from external and internal threats has become a key priority for organizations. These insights mirror findings from last year’s GBM Security Report which reported that securing data had become essential to building trust with customers, with 84% of those surveyed wanting to invest in data security this year. GBM Shield brings together the best of GBM’s advance cybersecurity portfolio and its three decades of experience to offer an integrated program that is vendor-agnostic and can be easily scaled up or down based on the needs of the customer.

Hani Nofal, Vice President of Digital Infrastructure Solutions at GBM, said: “In the last few years, we have seen the technology landscape evolve like never before. With massive leaps in the region’s digital transformation, and increased adoption of technologies such as cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI), we are seeing increased sophistication in cyber threats and wider impact on an organization’s operations. 

“Over the last three decades, GBM has become the trusted advisor to regional organizations as they develop their cybersecurity programs, and this expertise and the partnerships we have in place has allowed us to build the most advanced end-to-end cybersecurity offering in the region today. Through GBM Shield, organizations can easily overcome the complexities, budget constraints and other challenges that come with implementing a cybersecurity program, and benefit from GBM’s security experts who can adapt the program based on their evolving needs.”

GBM’s comprehensive framework of services and solutions, integrating technologies from global security leaders, has enabled organizations to implement industry best-practices in cybersecurity. With a holistic approach to mitigating security risk, GBM’s bespoke cybersecurity program focuses on the people, processes and technology within an organization. 

About Gulf Business Machines (GBM)

With more than 30 years of experience, 7 offices and over 1500 employees across the region, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is a leading end-to-end digital solutions provider, offering the region’s broadest portfolio, including industry-leading digital infrastructure, digital business solutions, security and services. We have nurtured partnerships since 1990 with the world’s leading technology companies and invested in a talented, skilled workforce to implement solutions that cater to customer’s specific, complex and diverse business needs. 

Some of our strategic partners in the Gulf include IBM as their sole distributor throughout the GCC (excluding Saudi Arabia and selected IBM product and services), Cisco as a Gold and Master Partner (the highest level of certification at Cisco).