Cisco promises security-focused data centre for Saudi Arabia

Cisco promises security-focused data centre for Saudi Arabia

Digital communications technology corporation Cisco has announced plans to establish a data centre in Saudi Arabia dedicated to cloud-delivered security.

Through this data centre, the company says it aims to assist customers in safeguarding their users, infrastructure, and investments against potential threat actors.

Cisco says the data centre will assume a crucial role in providing agile and highly resilient secure access to users within Saudi Arabia. It will support Cisco’s cloud services, including the recently introduced Secure Service Edge (SSE) solution, Cisco Secure Access.

Many organisations currently rely on a complex assortment of point products that were not specifically designed to support the intricacies of today’s highly distributed environment. Consequently, says Cisco, users often face inconsistent access experiences, necessitating frequent re-authentication, which ultimately disrupts productivity.

Cisco Secure Access resolves this issue by automating decisions regarding user connections to the internet, software as a service (SaaS), and private applications, streamlining the process and enhancing productivity.

The data centre will be accessible via any ISP in Saudi Arabia. Precise details of size and capacity do not seem to be available yet. However, Cisco says the data centre should be fully operational by mid-2024.

To underline its security message, Cisco cites the latest Cisco Security Outcomes Report, which says that 54% of organisations surveyed in Saudi Arabia had experienced security incidents that had a detrimental impact on their business, notably distributed denial of service attacks, network or system outages, and malicious insider abuse events.

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