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Cisco announced plans to establish a datacenter for cloud-delivered security in Saudi Arabia to help customers protect their users, infrastructure, and investments against threat actors.

The new datacenter will play a critical role in delivering agile, highly resilient, high-capacity secure access closer to users in Saudi. It will support Cisco’s cloud services including its new Secure Service Edge (SSE) solution, Cisco Secure Access. To support today’s highly distributed environment with maximum productivity, Cisco Secure Access boasts automated Internet connections, Software as a Service (SaaS) and private applications, removing complexity and increasing productivity.

The announcement reaffirms Cisco’s commitment to a hybrid architecture to rapidly extend its global reach for customers. Saudi organizations will experience the benefits of Cisco’s co-located edge datacenter with the scalability of public cloud. The data center will be carrier-neutral, and available on any Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Saudi Arabia. Cisco intends for the datacenter to have service availability by mid-2024.

“Today’s announcement reconfirms Cisco’s alignment to provide advanced cloud security protection and services to the Saudi community. It builds on Cisco’s long-standing commitment to our customers and reflects our continued support for digital transformation, by using the power of technologies to create a secured thriving digital economy in Saudi Arabia,” Salman Faqeeh, managing director of Cisco in Saudi Arabia commented.

Findings of the latest Cisco Security Outcomes Report underscore the importance of security resilience.

The report revealed that 54% of organizations surveyed in Saudi Arabia experienced a security event that impacted business. The most common incidents were distributed denial of service attacks (60%), network or system outages (54%) and malicious insider abuse events (40%). The global report also states that converging networking and security into a mature, cloud-delivered secure access services edge boosted security resilience scores by 27%.

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