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2018 Predictions: Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer, Help AG Middle East

Technology: cloud starting to grow in the region

2018 Predictions: Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer, Help AG Middle East
Threat awareness: cyberattacks will change how we use technology

2017 has been a year dominated by cyber-attacks of a volume, scale and complexity that have been truly unmatched, with a large majority not getting so much as a passing mention in most media.

Cyber-attacks will start to challenge how we can utilise technology, which is extremely disheartening, as I believe technology holds the answer to many of the big challenges we are facing in the world.

It is time the cyber security industry understood that if we break encryption or build backdoors, or even avoid fixing discovered vulnerabilities to allow for easier legal intercept, which in itself can be a good thing, we also open up a profound set vulnerabilities when these are also discovered by cyber criminals.

We saw this most recently with the Petya and WannaCry malwares, which both used vulnerabilities initially discovered by intelligence agencies in the Western world.

On the positive side, I think that 2017 has been another year where our lives were made easier by technology. Many synergies have resulted from smart-technology or IoT. We will really start to see cloud adoption here in the coming years. I can really see that this is changing, and adoption is starting to happen.

I have no doubt that this shift will continue in 2018.


Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer, Help AG Middle East