IT Security Guide for Middle East launched

DUBAI - The Dubai-based Corporate Publishing International (CPI), the leading Middle East publisher of IT magazines, has released the first Security Guide Middle East (SGME).

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 3 May 2003, 7:10 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:10 PM

The first copy of the 223-page hardbound book was presented to Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, CEO of Dubai Internet City where several IT security companies have their headquarters. Corporate entities and IT security professionals are being supplied with the guide free. The guide's debut print order is for 18,000 copies. An online version of the guide is available on

The guide will be published annually by the CPI, which is the regional partner of IDG, the world's largest IT publisher. The guide contains chapters written by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, and profiles of major IT infrastructure security issues and players in the Middle East.

The foreword has been written by Sabri Al Azazi, the first UAE national to gain the certified information systems security professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). After working in the security field since 1993, he co-founded security consultancy Datafort in DIC in October 2001 and created the Security Operations Centre.

He said:"There has been a shift in the security market in the Gulf and I personally foresee a positive outlook for the future. IT directors in the Middle East have started to consider security budgets as one of their essential budgeting elements. Many CEOs of major organisations in the region are implementing security control measures out of their strong belief in security. Good security covers the complete corporate structure.

Dominic De Sousa, Publisher, CPI, said: "The structure of the guide and its contents are based on the feedback from a regional end-user survey conducted by CPI and a round table of all the major IT security players in the region." He said a new monthly magazine on IT security will be launched by the CPI next month in response to the long-felt needs of the IT security professionals in the region.

Jonathan Howell, SGME Editor, and Dave Reeder, CPI's Editorial Director, said: "Virus and worn writers are now reaching beyond the purely technical to spread their brand of chaos. As viruses proliferate and hackers become more sophisticated, no one can afford to assume that their firm will be spared from the onslaught. Many organisations still do not understand the need for secure IT systems. The guide will act as a reference tool for decision-makers at all levels."

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