Microsoft announces the appointment of Alaeddine Karim as country manager of its operations in Kuwait. Karim will lead the company’s efforts in driving digital transformation agendas among public and private organizations in Kuwait.
The new country manager will engage with customers to digitally empower employees, optimize operations and transform business models.
Karim Alaeddine believes in technology’s role in transforming lives and the impact it has on the economy and society. He shares on plans to help Kuwait achieve its vision 2035 goals.
Microsoft’s mission is to empower every organization and individual to achieve more. We have a longstanding commitment towards the growth and prosperity of Kuwait.
Technology is at the heart of this effort. As we believe that digital transformation powered by the intelligent cloud has extraordinary gains to offer every industry.
With Microsoft’s breadth of innovations coupled with our expertise; I look forward to working closely with our customers on their ambitions and transform Kuwait into a leading regional financial, cultural and institutional leader, in line with New Kuwait Vision 2035.
18th March 2019; Kuwait City, Kuwait – Microsoft today held the ‘Banking Edition’ of its CISO Executive Series – a series for an elite set of top Chief Information Security Officers for the Kuwait’s Finance sector professionals.
The event, held at the JW Marriott, Kuwait City was specifically tailored for the country’s banking industry to enable its professionals to overcome the rising challenges in the cyber-security landscape and meet the security objectives of their business. The summit comes amid continuous rise of cyber-attacks targeting public and private sector organizations and aims to empower professionals to better protect their company perimeters.
Microsoft experts including Ramon Bosch, Principal, Risk & Compliance, Microsoft EMEA, Volkan Verim, Technical Sales Professional, Security Microsoft Gulf, and Mohammed Zayed, Microsoft 365 & Cyber-Security Solutions Lead for Microsoft Kuwait, delivered insightful presentations and demonstrations around Cyber Security.
The sessions covered a holistic approach and introduction to Microsoft trust principles such as security, privacy, compliance and transparency. The attendees also learned about protecting organizational identities and ensuring data privacy and encryption of information including data classification, compliance policies and practices to meet Financial requirements.
Moreover, the Kuwaiti CISOs were engaged into discussions to shed light on the importance of how the migration of core data and applications can help increase security and bring agility to their operations.
A Microsoft Digital Transformation research on cybersecurity found a troubling threat landscape in the region. Some 63% of respondents said their company lost either productivity or data to a cyber incident in 2018; 46% of these victims were affected more than once; and almost one in 10 victims reported incidents “once a week or more”.
“Today’s CISOs must manage their organization’s risk in the face of rising challenges and the ever-expanding scale and sophistication of today’s cyber threats,” says Mohammed Arif, Regional Director, Modern Workplace & Security, Microsoft Gulf.
“Balancing these challenges with business needs to collaborate, innovate, and grow requires an always-on, multifaceted approach to security. With events like our CISO executive series, we aim to create awareness amongst the security professionals of Kuwait and introduce truly intelligent security capabilities that we can offer, in order for them to harness these technologies and better protect their digital estates to achieve more.”
The Microsoft CISO executive event concluded with key takeaways from all perspectives of cyber security and proved to be a strong platform for security professionals from across Kuwait to network with peers and engage with subject matter experts
Microsoft opens the Microsoft Innovation Lab in partnership with KidZania, a Future Ready Initiative.
Through Microsoft’s Future Ready initiative it has partnered with KidZania Kuwait to open an innovation lab. The Microsoft Future Ready initiative is a partnership program with communities and organizations to bring computer science education to young people. The initiative provides young people with digital literacy and skills. Providing them the opportunity to develop opportunity to develop their creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Working with KidZania Kuwait, an interactive edutainment center hopes this will spark creativity. It shares that “kids will learn how to imagine, have fun and be creative in a whole new way through 3 excitingly innovative activities”. These activities include STEM experiments, Robotics coding and 3D wall painting.
Microsoft shared some details about the new Microsoft Innovation Lab at KidZania;
“Microsoft Innovation Lab at KidZania Kuwait will empower kids in learning by doing. From hacking STEM to making code. The Microsoft Innovation Lab will offer a choice to experience 3 different activities that promote creativity, collaboration, computational thinking & problem-solving“.
Microsoft and KidZania invite parents to bring their “kids for an unforgettable experience that will make them future ready”.
?: KidZania & Microsoft Gulf