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Bahrain iGA, Microsoft partner for secure workplaces

MANAMA, May 16, 2018

Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in partnership with Microsoft, held an exclusive event to empower the Kingdom’s governmental entities and work more productively while improving security.

Co-hosted by iGA and Microsoft Bahrain, a series of training sessions were conducted at the Wyndham Grand, Manama, under the title “Government Future Direction with Microsoft” which focused on transforming the way employees work while ensuring the highest standards of security.

The attending delegates from government entities across the Kingdom were introduced to the power of Microsoft 365 - a complete, intelligent solution that brings together the best of Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility and Security to empower everyone to be creative and work together securely.

“The Information & eGovernment Authority is keen on strengthening partnership with Microsoft in order to rise to higher levels of delivered services and cloud computing solutions - available with Microsoft – that are in line with the strategic decision of migrating to the cloud by adopting the ‘Cloud First Policy’,” stated iGA CE Mohamed Ali AlQaed.

He stressed that the partnership with Microsoft contributes in enhancing efficiency of entities to provide high-quality services and support the Kingdom’s strategic direction that forms a quantum leap in the field of adopting the latest technologies.

He continued saying that the partnership enables public entities to protect user confidentiality by utilizing the most up-to-date technology tools, developing skills and building capabilities of human resources working in this field.

The event included sessions from iGA and Microsoft speakers, who demonstrated how technology is transforming the way people collaborate securely and how the company has simplified tools and licensing models to empower organisations to achieve more.

“With goals such as enhancing data security while improving citizen engagement and services, it has become vital for government agencies to digitally transform into a modern workplace,” said Saif Hilal AlHosni, Microsoft general manager for Bahrain and Oman.

“We commend the Government of Bahrain for their efforts to optimise operations and empower its employees to be creative, as well as work together more securely. Microsoft stands forth to support iGA Bahrain in this journey and work together with them on securing our shared digital future, so that all citizens and businesses can partake in the great promises of digital transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said AlHosni.

Microsoft Gulf Productivity and Mobility Solution specialist Moustapha Kamel and Security and Modern Workplace regional director Mohammed Arif demonstrated how to unlock the creativity of the workforce and inspire teamwork through MS Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security. Also from Microsoft Gulf, senior solutions specialist Shadi Shaat provided a walkthrough the latest Microsoft project-management tools, covering how to design and assign tasks as well asset important milestones for productivity and efficiency.

In a recent Microsoft survey conducted among regional security professionals during the company's CISO Executive Series roadshow, nearly half of respondents (49 per cent) said they did not have the capability to detect whether a user identity had been compromised following a phishing or brute-force attack, and 68 per cent said they could not track or revoke access to externally shared documents." – TradeArabia News Service

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