Toni El Inati from Barracuda Networks interviewed: “Use AI to drive progress and innovation.”
Toni El Inati: "AI is not just about technology, it revolutionises industries, enhances user interactions, and expands possibilities"
In a recent interview by Tahawultech.com, Toni El Inati, RVP Sales, META & CEE at Barracuda Networks, talked about the tension between complexity and practical usability in security infrastructure and the potential of using AI to drive progress and innovation.
Opening the interview in the Tech Vision 2023 supplement, journalist Daniel Shephard suggests the technology landscape of security now has three key facets that can make the customer experience less than friendly. How does Barracuda Networks deploy cutting edge technologies that tackle the drive for digital transformation, manage the post-pandemic factor of distributed mobile workforces and the increasing adoption of cloud services, and yet give end-users a manageable experience?
Toni El Inati agreed that the availability and security of these factors, strategies and systems “have an outsized impact on the ‘experience’ of customers and employees. Even the most well-designed and slick applications have little value if they aren’t reliably accessible, or if they expose users to cyber threats.”
Toni points out that connected technology systems are becoming increasingly complex – “which means the security infrastructure needed to protect them can quickly become complex too. This is where Barracuda fits in – we deliver innovative security products that are easy to deploy, manage, scale and use.”
He describes the Barracuda portfolio of advanced solutions, which features email protection, application protection, data protection, network protection and a SASE platform. “Wherever you need it, on premises, in the cloud, or both. We are continually innovating to deliver tomorrow’s security technology, today.”
Moving the interview on, Toni was asked his view on AI, and whether he thinks it has benefits for society or if it needs more control and regulation. AI has many positive aspects and can be a force for good for people in general, and for technology development in particular, according to Toni: “Artificial Intelligence plays a pivotal role in driving progress and innovation. From algorithms that personalise our experiences to intricate neural networks powering virtual assistants AI is not just about technology, it revolutionises industries, enhances user interactions, and expands possibilities.”
According to Toni, although AI could help attackers to strike more quickly, adding depth and complexity to the threat, AI can also be used in cybersecurity to combat threats in many ways. “For example, to enhance cybersecurity awareness training, reduce noise and complexity, support analysis, and to learn the unique communication patterns of an individual” added Toni.
The interview goes on to explore Toni’s views on the key processes that enterprises need to adopt to ensure a successful transformation journey, as well asking a final big question about what he sees as the major tech influence for the next ‘digital decade.’
Toni sees AI as having a substantial impact on the market and business in general, and he talks about the recent key PWC report on AI that predicted the potential economic impact of AI in the Middle East could reach US$320 billion by 2030.