Mohammed Abukhater, RVP for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa at F5, speaks about his company’s participation at GITEX Global 2022
Are you participating in GITEX Global 2022? If yes, which products and solutions will you be showcasing at the event?
One of the main reasons F5 is exhibiting at GITEX is to highlight the scale and impact of our Distributed Cloud Services platform to a Middle East audience. A major expansion of our application security and delivery portfolio, F5 Distributed Cloud Services provides security, multi-cloud networking, and edge-based computing solutions on a unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform.
This further strengthens F5’s security portfolio with simplified management and security for all applications in all locations. The platform also encompasses F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP (Web Application and API Protection), which augments multiple security capabilities across F5 technologies in a single SaaS offering. F5 will also Debut its “A Force For” Awareness Campaign in the Middle East, emphasizing how cybersecurity impacts individuals in all walks of life.
What are your expectations from the event this year?
GITEX is an important event for F5 because of the breadth and variety of organizations attending. The event attracts many companies and government entities who we either already work with or would like to work with. Cybersecurity has long been an important component of GITEX, and this year we are excited to see that DevSlam, the largest meetup for the developer and coding community, is running concurrently with GITEX at Dubai World Trade Centre. This gives us a fantastic opportunity to meet up with developers in addition to customers and partners.
What will be your theme of participation at GITEX?
Aside from raising awareness of our Distributed Cloud Services platform, we hope to broaden the conversation around transformation with the following message: As organizations enhance digital services users and pursue a wider breadth of infrastructure models to improve performance and reduce costs, application service environments have become more complex.
Research from the F5 2022 State of Application Strategy Report reveals that as many as 88% of organizations operate both legacy and modern application architectures. 70% also operate in multiple clouds, which expands the threat surface area as companies are forced to deploy separate, and often inconsistent, security controls across different environments. Furthermore, 78% of organizations are currently focused on API security measures.