Katim looks to Paris, hiring ex-Ercom Didier Pagnoux
Didier Pagnoux, who ran French Ercom from 2007 to 2012 and launched its cybersecurity and interception departments, is taking over as CEO of semi-public Emirati firm Katim as it looks to carve out a place in the country's ever-changing cyber landscape.
Yemen's increasingly confident pro-Emirati STC launches influence campaign in Washington
Saudi Arabia has been lobbying in Washington to promote its vision for Yemen for a while. Now, the Southern Transitional Council, which has a growing footprint on the ground and a stronger presence in Yemen's legitimate governing entities, is also looking to ensure its voice is heard during the US-sponsored peace negotiations.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Faced with Israeli resellers, foreign zero-day specialists flock to Abu Dhabi
The UAE is home to a growing number of unregistered vulnerability (zero-day) resellers, such as newcomers Vulns Security and Operation Zero. The Emirati authorities welcome this counterbalance to an over-reliance on Israel in this sector.
How the Wegener-Jayaraman duo extended their cyber empire to the UAE
Heading up a small conglomerate of cyber firms in Singapore, Barcelona and Cyprus, the duo Ralf Wegener and Ramanan Jayaraman have managed to implant their technologies in the UAE. Through Variston IT, they've grown close to the country's key cyber player.
Former intelligence officer Anwar Gargash has become MbZ's indispensable diplomatic adviser
A key Emirati foreign policy figure who was trained in the country's intelligence services, Anwar Gargash has survived the change in the balance of power since Mohammed bin Zayed became president. His spymaster aura enables him to continue operating in UAE security circles.
UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and South Korea secretly supply missiles to Ukraine
While officially neutral, a number of Western defence industry client countries are indirectly helping Ukraine's war effort by providing access to their weaponry stocks. Intelligence Online investigates the supply of French Crotale, Mistral and Milan missiles for use against Russia.
Ahmed Al Shafar, the strongman of Dubai's defence dealings with Israel
At the heart of the United Arab Emirates' peace and defence deal with Israel is Dubai's Al Shafar family, a partner of several Israeli defence groups. As long-standing allies of the emirate's ruling Al Maktoum family, this clan finds itself at the root of a gentleman's agreement between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Hack for hire: ENRC aims to open up Dechert and Nick del Rosso's Pandora's box
Kazakh mining group ENRC is already pursuing a legal and investigative campaign of unprecedented scale and complexity. Now, it is overseeing the start of fresh legal action against its nemesis, Neil Gerrard, his old law firm Dechert, and, by the same token, Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
UAE's Edge Group and G42 get into natural language processing
Natural language processing, popularised by ChatGPT, is of particular interest to the UAE's security apparatus conglomerates for their big data and open source intelligence (OSINT) programmes. The technology also promises to offer new firms in the sector a means to conduct low-cost influence operations.