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Get to Know: Saqib Chaudhry, CISO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Saqib Chaudhry is a futurist and a leader with more than 17 years of experience in cyber security, compliance, internal audit, data privacy, business resilience, risk management and IT infrastructure. Mr. Chaudhry is currently Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Chief Information Security Officer and his responsibilities include managing and implementing the informational security program. He also manages the Unified Communications, the IT Network Infrastructure, and the Planning & Development functions. Currently, Mr. Chaudhry is earning his Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Information Management Systems at Harvard University.

Mr. Chaudhry finds Digital Transformation, data privacy, and Digital Transformation rewarding and challenging. He is involved in protecting the clinic from threats such as Zero Days and Advanced Persistent Threats as well as the medical devices that need network connectivity. He keeps up with the challenges involved with regulatory compliance.

The Abu Dhabi clinic is a hospital owned by the government and established due to an agreement between the United States based Cleveland Clinic and the Mubadala Development Company. The clinic supports the economic vision of Abu Dhabi to create an excellent system for healthcare in the emirate.

Mr. Chaudhry believes the industry of healthcare is being cyber-attacked because the industry’s approach to Cybersecurity is outdated. He feels adequate measures have not been put in place to protect the industry from cyber activities and insider threats. The data retrieved by the cyber-attacks is either encrypted and sold at an exorbitant price back to the facility or sold on the black market.

Medical records contain more personal information than those from other industries. This can include credit card data, insurance, email addresses, social security numbers, medical history and employment information. This data is used by cyber criminals to steal medical identities, commit fraud and launch cyber-attacks.

Mr. Chaudhry admits the clinic may be at risk on a global basis due to its affiliation with the United States. He also believes a greater risk comes from the fact the United Arab Emirates are the second most targeted country for cyber criminals with the United States being the first.

Mr. Chaudhry has completed a Cybersecurity course at Harvard and is in the process of earning his Information Management Systems degree. He says an education from Harvard is state-of-the art and recommends it to any professional in the cybersecurity field. He believes education and passion are essential ingredients to achieve growth in any field and necessary for success.

Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 Won by Australian Budget Bot

Cartman – a budget-priced robot from Australia – has triumphed in an annual contest to create a machine that can identify, pick up and stow warehouse goods.

The bot was designed from scratch to take part in 2017’s Amazon Robotics Challenge and used a radically different design to past winners.

Instead of building a robotic arm, the victors used a sliding mechanism that picked up products from above.

The four-day event was held in Japan.

The winning Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) squad were engineers from Queensland University of Technology, the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University.

They walked away with the $80,000 (£60,980) cash prize.

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UAE Air Force to Upgrade their Superior F16 Fleet

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) Air Force chose the Desert Falcon Block 60 F-16 because of its superior performance when tested against other aircraft offered by various countries in a two-year comparison. The USA collected $8 billion to build 80 F-16 specifically for the UAE. The Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft System in Fort Worth, Texas provided 15,000 new jobs to Texas and just as many additional jobs nationwide to produce the advanced capabilities of these jets. In fact, the US Air Force could not afford it.

Desert Falcon designed specifically for UAE Air Force
The UAE also invested almost $3 billion in research and development, and, later in 2015, discussed with the US an order for 30 Block 61 Lockheed Martin F-16s to add to the fleet of 80 it already possessed. Rick Groesch, business development director of Lockheed Martin said that they are by far the most advanced fighter planes in the world.

F-16 Best Fighter Planes in the World
The UAE helps to maintain stability and security to the Arabian Gulf region and the upgrades will modify the aircraft to be the best generation fighter plane in the world, according to Rick Groesch.

1. The F-16 is most successful combat proven fourth generation multi-role fighter jet
2. This model has 55 repeat buys from 16 countries
3. More than 4,560 F-16 have been produced
4. The F-16 was purchased first by the UAE Air Force, the first to use the advanced version of the F-16 Fighting Falcons

The UAE air force is a valued ally and is improving its ability to meet current and future threats to economic and political stability in the Middle East. The supportability upgrade is to modify the aircraft to be the most advanced fighter aircraft operating today. Support could include upgrades to associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. Rick Groesch also said that the F-16 unique capabilities have been in use in various conflict areas in the region over the past 20 years.