Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 65 | Page 11

NEWS elev8 joins Amazon Web Services Training Partner Programme has made it critical to bring best practices and training to our partners and clients throughout Africa . With the support of AWS , we will bridge the gap and ensure that we help businesses improve how they operate , store , and access data while maintaining a high level of security .” elev8 Education , a global digital skilling and transformative education partner , has announced it has joined the Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) Training Partner programme . Through the programme , elev8 will deliver cloud computing skills training , developed and maintained by AWS , to organisations and learners in Nigeria and Rwanda .

Elemi Ani , Global Head of Solutions , Design and Digital Transformation , elev8 , said : “ As the future of work progresses , the cloud has proven to be a vital online technology . When it comes to cloud adoption , infrastructure , and development , the cloud computing market has been on a rapid upward trajectory since the beginning of the pandemic . This
Maureen Lonergan , Vice President of AWS Training and Certification , “ Organisations need individuals with cloud skills to help transform their business . There is a growing demand for IT professionals with AWS Cloud skills . AWS Training and Certification , along with our AWS Training Partners like elev8 , aims to equip the builders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge they need to leverage the power of the AWS Cloud . AWS Training , designed by the experts at AWS , teaches in-demand cloud skills and best practices and helps learners prepare for AWS Certification exams to advance their careers and transform their organisations .”

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Proofpoint Inc , a cybersecurity and compliance company , recently released its annual Voice of the CISO report , which explores key challenges facing chief information security officers ( CISOs ). While the world ’ s CISOs spent 2021 coming to terms with new ways of working , many now feel much more in control of their environment : 27 % of CISOs in Saudi Arabia feel that their organisation is at risk of suffering a material cyberattack in the next 12 months , down from 58 % last year . But feeling prepared for a cyberattack is vastly different than being prepared .

This growing confidence of CISOs is likely a result of successfully overcoming a seismic event ( the pandemic ) rather than any tangible change in risk levels of preparedness . The report reveals that 28 % of CISOs in KSA still feel their organisation is unprepared to handle a cyberattack and 38 % consider human error to be their biggest cyber vulnerability .
“ As high-profile attacks disrupted supply chains , made headlines , and prompted new cybersecurity legislation , 2021 proved to be another challenging time for CISOs around the world . But as CISOs adapt to new ways of working , it is encouraging to see that they now appear more confident about their security posture ,” commented Andrew Rose , Resident CISO for EMEA , Proofpoint .
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