Harnessing AI to Bolster Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Qatar’s Digital Transformation

Jun 03, 2024
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As the world embraces digital transformation, the threat landscape expands in parallel. With threat actors constantly developing new tactics, techniques and procedures, the speed to react and recover has never been more important.

Our Unit 42 2024 Incident Response Report highlights that the time between initial compromise and data exfiltration is decreasing, with the median time from compromise to data exfiltration falling to two days, compared to nine days in 2021.

To stay competitive, companies and nation states need to invest in the protection of key digital assets as part of a broader risk management strategy.

Qatar’s digital transformation journey is encoded into the country’s commitment to innovation and progress – as outlined by its National Vision 2030, which looks to deploy advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance global competitiveness and grow the economy.

Digital transformation is ushering in a new era of productivity and innovation for organisations throughout Qatar. Introduced in 2024, Qatar’s National Cyber Security Strategy has been developed to highlight the importance of protecting digital assets and promoting investment towards innovation, research, and skilled workforces.

To help safeguard Qatar’s digital transformation, Palo Alto Networks is investing in the cybersecurity ecosystem required to support the country’s ambitious vision.

In February 2024, the company launched a new cloud location to provide local and high-performance access to its comprehensive suite of industry-leading cybersecurity capabilities to Qatari and regional customers across the Middle East.

Hosted on the Google Cloud Platform, to combine the scale offered by its global network, Palo Alto Networks offers local access to its best-of-breed cybersecurity platforms to bring Zero Trust security to organisations throughout Qatar with local and high-performance access.

Zero Trust security is a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organisation by eliminating implicit trust and continuously validating every stage of digital interaction. This approach helps ensure secure access to data from any device, location, and network.

Importance of Using Advanced Technologies for Cybersecurity 

The availability of the regionally hosted services is part of Palo Alto Networks ongoing commitment to deliver the most complete set of security capabilities for customers in Qatar and across the region.

These services enable customers to balance their data privacy needs with the ability to detect emerging threats, providing a seamless, streamlined security solution operated and delivered within Qatar, including:

The benefits include:

Enhanced threat detection: Advanced technologies such as Prisma Access help transform networking and security to deliver a true Zero Trust environment that supports both managed and unmanaged devices.

Real-Time Protection: Using Cortex XSIAM, the Precision AI Powered SOC Platform, and backed by Google Cloud’s advanced cloud infrastructure and AI services, organisations can ensure real-time protection across all cybersecurity offerings.

Better Risk Management: With Palo Alto Network’s Zero Trust Framework, organisations can strengthen their defences against threats targeting applications, devices, and users, plus also have protection and scalability across public cloud and Google Distributed Cloud deployments, even in air-gapped network environments.

Multi Cloud Security: Good multi cloud security starts with complete visibility into the security and security compliance across public clouds of each resource deployed in the cloud, regardless of where it resides. Prisma Cloud enables your security and DevOps teams to collaborate accelerating secure cloud-native application development and deployment with unmatched capabilities including: Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), Code security, Web Application and API Security (WAAS), Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM), and Cloud network security.

In addition to its cloud location in Qatar, Palo Alto Networks now simplifies security compliance with local cloud security locations in more than 87 countries worldwide.

For more information on Palo Alto Networks regional cloud locations, please visit: https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/products/regional-cloud-locations

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