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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Symantec CEO visits Dubai Municipality - Shenoy

The Symantec delegation led by its Chairman and CEO John W Thompson included Kevin Isaac, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, Johnny Karam, Enterprise Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa and Satish Shenoy, Regional Sales Manager, Enterprise Accounts, Middle East and North Africa.

Eng. Abdullah Al Shaibani, Assistant Director General for Technical Services Affairs, Eng. AbdulHakim Malik, Director of Information Technology Department and Yousuf Mohammed Al Shaiba, Head of Operation and Network Section in the Information Technology Department received the delegation.

The meeting discussed the new challenges in the Information and Communication Technology field in the light of the urban development boom in Dubai.

Thompson stressed on the necessity to have advanced level security technology to meet the challenges that are increasingly faced by Dubai in its race to excellence.

The meeting explored possible areas of cooperation between Dubai Municipality and Symantec that include awareness campaign on e-services and customer confidence building measures.

Thompson, who was appointed by US President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee to make recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States, said Symantec spends 15% of its revenue for research and development.

According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for the month of March 2007, UAE is the least affected country in the GCC. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Symantec currently has over 17,500 employees worldwide and has operations in 40 countries. The company manufactures software that protects home users, as well as large companies from viruses, online fraud attacks and other modern day threats. It is the largest organisation in the world to provide security solutions and manufactures the Norton brand of anti-virus software.

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