Qatar’s MEEZA partners with Darktrace to expand cybersecurity compliance

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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MEEZA expands Cyber capability with Darktrace
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MEEZA, Qatar’s prominent managed IT services and solutions provider, has partnered with Darktrace, a global leader in cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence (AI), to expand its cybersecurity portfolio in the domains of classic IT networks along with newly added Operational Technology (OT) capabilities to secure information and operations simultaneously.

Under the partnership, Darktrace will deliver complete AI-powered solutions to complement the mature security platform capabilities already in place at MEEZA since the launch of Qatar’s first commercial Security Operations Center (SOC) back in 2014.

The combined firepower will help customers in Qatar to meet the rising challenges of security compliance and stay ahead of complex threats from ransomware, cloud to SaaS and from IT infrastructure to OT environments at industrial facilities. OT environments include building management and SCADA systems, industrial and safety controllers for instance, where the nature of data exchanges and traffic patterns is drastically different from office IT environments and hence requires a new set of technologies automating the detection and response mechanisms.

The offerings will be delivered in a simple end-to-end service format to the end users without the complexity of the typical technology stack installations as the team at MEEZA will deliver a 24×7 managed security service, rendered by MEEZA staff housed in its secure facilities in the heart of Doha.

Faisal Al Kuwari_MEEZA expands cyber capabilities with Darktrace
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“We are excited to announce our latest strategic partnership with Darktrace, a leader in Artificial Intelligence-powered cybersecurity solutions. Thanks to MEEZA’s Security Operations Centre, Darktrace can now be used in combination with on-the-ground experts who will provide expert monitoring of customer environments. This collaboration is really important for the Qatari market and is genuinely a game-changer for us. This joint effort will provide a better and stronger IT security arrangement for organizations in Qatar.”

Mr. Joshua Lamming, Qatar country manager, of Darktrace, said that “As cyber-threats continue to increase in frequency and complexity, the demand for autonomous, always-on security has never been higher. This new partnership with MEEZA will act as a force-multiplier for Darktrace’s AI technology, delivering a significant defensive advantage to forward-thinking organizations in Qatar.”

This agreement sees Darktrace’s self-learning AI covering key clients’ network, Cloud, SaaS and email environments providing detection, investigation and autonomous response to each corner of the organization’s estate. Clients can now benefit from having visibility across all corners of their organization thanks to MEEZA and Darktrace’s Artificial Intelligence from one unified solution.

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