9 of 10 GCC leaders believe health and safety is key to success

9 of 10 GCC leaders believe health and safety is key to successA survey of leaders in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has revealed that an overwhelming amount believe that identifying worker protection against injury and ill health is crucial in safeuarding a businesses' reputation and maintain success

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Cyber security landscape for 2017 to be top of agenda

computer 1591018Mohammed Abukhater, director at FireEye, outlines seven key areas of the security landscape in the Middle East in 2017 

Regional director for MENA at FireEye, Mohammed Abukhater, has reported on the security landscape for 2017. The introduction starts with a precursor into the trade by stating that, 'we know that certain types of attacks and crime will continue unabated.' 

Abukhater outlines seven main arenas of risk. These are; a rise in politically motivated attacks, the threat of financial cybercrimes, an increasing skills gap, drive towards simplification, new opportunities for attackers in the Internet of Things, threats to critical infrastructure and Ransomware, Macro Malware. 

Talent shortages and simplification may seem like odd challenges for cyber security but the threat is real. Abukhater states 'Digitalization is increasing in EMEA, with more communications, handling of sensitive information and storing of that data happening on the Internet rather than through filling out paper forms.' This means that a shortage of talented and experienced people safeguarding newly-trained colleagues may leave businesses open to security breaches. 

'As the talent shortfall continues, the cyber security industry will see more and more innovation in the form of automation, which will help organizations react to attacks with minimal human intervention. Automation enables organizations to more efficiently address critical needs, which is particularly useful for enterprises that are struggling to keep pace with an escalating threat landscape and constant advances in cyber attacks' Abukhater continues. 

For many, cyber security is treated differently to the regularly safety that is enforced at plants and operational rooms. As Safdar Akhtar of Honeywell stated in an interview 'people's training in these environments needs to change to adopt a new transmitting devices, such as mobile phones and gaming devices.' The full interview with Safdar can be found here

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Field shelters with protect refinery process controllers in ME

int59p1Outdoor shelters with Intertec's passive and active cooling technologies are being chosen to protect crucial control systems at a Middle East refinery

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MoCCAE sign contract with Masdar Institute for phase-2 of air quality monitoring project

91df20ce25670f12 orgThe Ministry also launched the “Innovative Air Quality Platform” and honored university students’ innovations under the “Air Quality Innovators” initiative at Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences

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BREEAM resource for the Middle East launched at Big 5

BREEAM resourceBre Global launched a dedicated resource for the delivery of BREEAM, the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for master planning, infrastructure and built environment at The Big 5 2016

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