The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy has taken part in the events of Business Connect 2014, organized by IBM Egypt to introduce a set of technology solutions to protect enterprises’ data on cloud computing network. Being one of the largest companies in data protection, IBM creates protection systems for individuals, data and technology applications on cloud computing.
Helmy has said that broadband will increase from 10 to 40 % during the coming four years to multiply the number of mobile internet users. He has also said that a national project—to train and qualify thousands of youth on ICT annually-will be announced by early 2015.
During his speech, Helmy has explained that cloud computing is a top priority in the sector’s strategy, where a 15 to 18 billion EGP investments are to be pumped in this field during the coming seven years. Cloud computing applications, he has added, play an important role in ICT prosperity and place Egypt on the world’s map in this promising industry. Within this context, he has said that MCIT adopts the cloud computing concept to raise awareness about it and develop qualified calibers.
The Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers agreed on the first governmental cloud computing project-funded by MCIT-to provide services of infrastructure, database and most common applications to government bodies, he has underlined.
This project is an important step towards the achievement of digital economy, especially that the industry opens doors to big investments in all sectors and technology applications, as well as providing more job opportunities to youth and supporting small and medium industries strongly.
Moreover, the ICT minister has referred to the key role of the ICT sector in the development of Suez Canal Axis project, explaining that MCIT participates in three main pillars: the establishment of a global logistic zone to be a starting point to offer internet services, thanks to the 17 maritime cables. This is in addition to establishing a technology park for big data centers, hosting and cloud computing, and benefiting of the technology valley in designing electronics, thus meeting the demands of local and regional markets.
General Manager of IBM Security Systems Division Brendan Hannigan has said that IBM customers currently transfer their business to cloud computing system, with expectation to keep an outstanding security services matching their business size.
He has added that IBM has developed this new group of solutions to protect individuals, data and applications relying on cloud computing technologies designed for that purpose to analyze data. The solutions are applied in their institutions through public and private clouds, and on mobile devices.