MANAMA: ManageEngine, a real-time IT management company, expects continued aggressive growth in Bahrain and the rest of the GCC due to escalation in information and communication technology (ICT) activity.
The company’s president Raj Sabhlok told the GDN in an exclusive interview that over the past year, its business has grown by roughly 40 per cent in the GCC, “thanks in large part to our partner network of resellers and solutions providers”.
The ICT sector in Bahrain has become a cornerstone of the country’s economy and is recognised as world-leading in terms of e-government development, ICT use and development, and network readiness, he said.
“Vision 2030 and National Cybersecurity Strategy will only solidify the kingdom’s position as an ICT leader.”
The Economic Development Board, the semi-autonomous agency responsible for formulating Bahrain’s future economic strategy and attracting foreign investment, said in its quarterly report for end-December 2017 that substantial investments in ICT infrastructure and ecosystem are currently being made in a bid to make digitisation and creative tech-based entrepreneurship key drivers of economic activity.
Statistical indicators point to a continued rapid development of the ICT sector in Bahrain.
It is currently estimated to be growing at more than 10 per cent a year and projected to reach $2.7 billion by 2020, the EDB report added.
“All of that interest and activity is driving growth for us and we look forward to playing a continuing role as a trusted IT management vendor to enterprises in the Bahrain,” Mr Sabhlok said.
When asked about the challenges to IT management and cybersecurity thrown up by new technologies such as Bots, AI, Machine Learning, and Blockchain, he said recent security breaches had made it clear that just about any IT element can become an attack vector, and improper IT management just paves the way for cybercriminals.
“With latest technology developments in cloud, AI, and elsewhere, organisations need to be proactive in IT management so that the opportunities and benefits do not come at the cost of breaches, data theft, and other cyber-attacks.
“Of course, the IT management tools must support that proactive posture, both as individual products as well as an integrated suite.
“We offer a number of solutions for securing IT, from the routers, servers, and other devices sitting at the heart of an enterprise network out to the desktops, laptops, and mobile devices found at the network’s edge.”
According to him, if an organisation has invested in the cloud, ManageEngine can secure the activity happening on public cloud platforms such as Amazon and Azure.
“For instance, our security information and event management solutions handle security auditing, threat detection, incident management, user behaviour analytics and forensics and post-breach analysis.
“And organisations can use our endpoint management solutions to automate patching for Windows and third-party applications, encrypt enterprise data on mobile devices, and remotely wipe data from mobile devices that are lost or stolen,” he added.