Injazat and Kalaam Telecom to collaborate

Building cyber defense capabilities in Bahrain and Kuwait took a significant step closer with an agreement signed between Injazat, the UAE’s home-grown technology champion in Digital Transformation, Cloud, and Cyber Security, and Kalaam Telecom, a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Managed Digital Solution provider in the region for digital transformation.

In the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed between the two companies, they have announced their commitment to collaborate on exploring opportunities towards building a customized Cyber Fusion Center (CFC) in Bahrain and Kuwait and provide Cyber Security services to government and semi-government entities, leveraging both parties’ assets, know-how and capabilities.

The MoU was signed by Ussama Dahabiyeh, Chief Executive Officer at Injazat, and Veer Passi, CEO at Kalaam Telecom, during the GITEX Technology Week that was held at Dubai World Trade Centre last week. Under the agreement, both companies will specifically evaluate the framework to develop high level business plans towards establishing state-of-the-art Cyber Fusion Centres that will significantly bolster the security posture for Kalaam’s client portfolio in both Bahrain and Kuwait. Modelled after Injazat’s very own Cyber Fusion Center, the platform co-created in collaboration with Kalaam will adopt an intelligence-driven, collaborative, and automated security approach much needed for countering advanced security threats.

The region has experienced a significant increase in cybercrime, witnessing 2.57 million phishing attacks over a period of just three months in 2020, as per a recent Kaspersky report; and Middle East governments are acutely aware of the new threat landscape associated with digitization. Injazat’s Cyber Fusion Center is distinctive as it provides a proactive and unified approach to neutralize potential threats before they occur using behaviour analytics and machine learning. The platform leverages an Artificial Intelligence-based recommendation engine, which suggests remediation actions based on previous behaviour patterns and reduces response times.

The partnership will further support Kalaam’s successful track record of over 16 years as a leading provider of mission critical technology infrastructure in supporting more than 5000 enterprises within the GCC region and government bodies alike, in their digital growth. With four data centers, two in Bahrain, and two in Kuwait, supported by its terrestrial fiber cable system, KNOT, and consortium ownership of submarine cable EIG, Kalaam offers fully redundant infrastructure that ensures total reliability to its customers working in partnership with them, to devise tailored, innovative, industry-specific solutions through its consultative approach.

Underlining the significance of the partnership Ussama Dahabiyeh, Chief Executive Officer at Injazat, said: “Our expertise and capability through Injazat’s Cyber Fusion Center stands alone in the MENA region. Our approach consolidates traditional security functions with new capabilities into a single, integrated entity. Through the agreement signed today with Kalaam Telecom, we are delighted to explore the opportunity to collaborate on providing our knowledge and expertise to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities and solutions in Bahrain and Kuwait. Partnerships such as this are part of our strategic approach at Injazat, especially cross border industry partnerships, which are extremely vital in growing the region’s digital economy, accelerating innovation, and supporting an entrepreneurial ecosystem. We eagerly look forward to seeing the results of this partnership being implemented to create a superior integrated defense platform in Bahrain and Kuwait.”

Veer Passi, CEO at Kalaam Telecom said, “We are excited in partnering with Injazat, which will enhance Cyber Security solution capabilities for our customers. With Injazat’s proactive Cyber Fusion Center capabilities, this partnership will aim to offer strong solutions to protect organizations from the rapidly growing cyber-attacks and data breach threats evolving in the internet driven market. Kalaam continues to strengthen its partner ecosystem to offer one-stop digital solutions that meets the demand of enterprises, international carriers, governments, and SMEs within the region, with its highly innovative product lines, including: Managed Networks, IoT, AI, Cloud, Cyber Security solutions and data center services.

Injazat launched the region’s first ever Cyber Fusion Centre (CFC) in June 2020 to boost protection against data breaches and cyber-attacks. The CFC stands apart from any competitor in the radically different approach it takes to cyber defense by proactively managing advanced threats, unlike traditional Security Operations Centers, that is more focused on identifying and reacting to incidents. Cyber Fusion Centers also help organizations to streamline their systems and assimilate information into actionable strategies and tactics, while improving productivity and reducing costs.