Hybrid workplaces drive cloud adoption in the Middle East – The National

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Hybrid workplaces drive cloud adoption in the Middle East – The National

Nearly three quarters of employees in the UAE prefer to continue with flexible, remote-work options, prompting companies to step up spending to secure their cloud data amid an increased threat of cyber attacks, according to a new report from Microsoft and the International Data Corporation.

The study, which surveyed over 150 IT decision makers in the UAE, showed that 70 per cent find the hybrid workplace – where they can work from the home, office or any place with an internet connection – to be more suitable.

"Because of the pandemic, technology was the only way out in order to sustain business operations in every industry. This meant the level of automation had increased much faster than we expected; the more digitisation takes place, the wider the target is for hackers to attack," Sayed Hashish, general manager of Microsoft UAE, told The National at Gitex 2021 in Dubai.

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