Fatma Bazargan’s blog


Long Break
August 10, 2009, 10:05 am
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Masdar

It indeed has been a long time since I updated my blog. Just been so occupied with leaving the old career getting into a new one and finally adjusting to the new environment and people.  

Currently, I fill the position of Manager, ICT Security at Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company). The Masdar Initiative is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala and considered the world’s first carbon-neutral zero waste city and is the head-quarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

A new milestone and a challenge in my career life and a long way to go, wish me luck.

Will be updating more often.

Always, Fatma Bazargan

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Pandemic – Swine Flu
April 27, 2009, 3:17 pm
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Swine Influenza - Pandemic

Swine Influenza - Pandemic

Source: BBC News

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a respiratory disease, caused by influenza type A which infects pigs. There are many types, and the infection is constantly changing. Until now it has not normally infected humans, but the latest form clearly does, and can be spread from person to person – probably through coughing and sneezing.

 

How worried should people be?

When any new strain of flu emerges that acquires the ability to pass from person to person, it is monitored very closely in case it has the potential to spark a global epidemic, or pandemic.

The World Health Organization has warned that taken together the Mexican and US cases could potentially trigger a global pandemic, and stress that the situation is serious. However, experts say it is still too early to accurately assess the situation fully. Currently, they say the world is closer to a flu pandemic than at any point since 1968 – rating the threat at three on a six-point scale. Nobody knows the full potential impact of a pandemic, but experts have warned that it could cost millions of lives worldwide. The Spanish flu pandemic, which began in 1918, and was also caused by an H1N1 strain, killed millions of people. The fact that all the cases in the US have so far produced mild symptoms is encouraging. It suggests that the severity of the Mexican outbreak may be due to an unusual geographically-specific factor – possibly a second unrelated virus circulating in the community – which would be unlikely to come into play in the rest of the world. Alternatively, people infected in Mexico may have sought treatment at much later stage than those in other countries. It may also be the case that the form of the virus circulating in Mexico is subtly different to that elsewhere – although that will only be confirmed by laboratory analysis. There is also hope that, as humans are often exposed to forms of H1N1 through seasonal flu, our immune systems may have something of a head start in fighting infection. However, the fact that many of the victims are young does point to something unusual. Normal, seasonal flu tends to affect the elderly disproportionately.

 

More information can be found at:

 

safe safe.

 

Fatma Bazargan

 



Getting Ready for MEITSEC 08?
October 25, 2008, 9:27 am
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Middle East IT Security Conference (MEITSEC) 2008 will be held this year in November 16 – 20 in Dubai, UAE and this year the MEITSEC organizing committee has taken an extra effort in getting some of the best speakers on board for the conference. They have also introduced some excellent training streams this year in collaboration with SANS, HoneyTech and Forward Discovery. You can find more on their website.

 

Many thanks to the MEITSEC 08 organizing committee for the immense effort in arranging the event and sincere thanks to Mr. Ahmed AlKamali the chairman of the committee for making it happen.

 

See you all @ MEITSEC 08;

Fatma Bazargan



GITEX Technology Week Highlights
October 24, 2008, 4:59 pm
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GITEX Technology Week went off well this year, HH. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son HH. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed inaugurated GITEX this year and took a tour around.

 

One of the main reasons I attend GITEX Technology Week every year is because I get to connect with people. You tend to meet up with professionals in the field and get to know what’s coming up next and what have been happening lately.

 

The ones I got to meet up with this year were, John Fitzgerald, who doesn’t know John? The person who got SANS to Dubai; currently he is the CEO of Beyond Encryption Technologies, we wish you all the best with the Grand Final of the Global Security Challenge 2008 (keep us posted!). Then there was Ivor Rankin from Symantec, it is always a pleasure meeting up with him you always get to learn something or another when he talks. Lance Spitzner the founder of HoneyTech also dropped by so that we can catch up on what’s new; Lance is currently getting ready to drop by MEITSEC 08 next month he is going to teach a 3-day course titled “building a successful enterprise security awareness program”. It was also a good time to meet up with the UAE infosec colleagues (hey! it seems we get to meet up only in events =))

 

Gitex ended yesterday and overall although tiring it was enjoyable to bits.

P.S: the gallery will be updated after few days with GITEX highlights.

 

Till then, enjoy the Friday!

Fatma Bazargan



See you @ GITEX/GULFCOMMS 2008
October 18, 2008, 2:13 pm
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Visit aeCERT @ Telecommunications Regulatory Authority stand at GULFCOMMS, E10, Zabeel Hall in GITEX Technology Week, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and find out what’s new. 

 

See you there..

Bazargan



عيدكــــم مبـــــارك
September 30, 2008, 9:24 pm
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أطيب التمنيات وأصدق التهاني بحلول عيد الفطر السعيد

أعاده الله علينا وعليكم بالخير واليمن والبركات

وتقبل الله قيامكم وطاعاتكم

 

كل عـام وأنتــم بخــير

 

الصورة من إبداع: الأنسة م. المهيري – (مشكورة عزيزتي)

 تحياتي: فاطمة بازاركان



Hello world!
August 26, 2008, 9:56 am
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The thought always amazes me for the number of times I wanted to have my own website and blog and I always got so busy and kept it my last priority.  It’s only a while ago when I thought of just going ahead and setting one up before it’s just too late.  

So there you go *finally -sigh-* the launch of the website, the blog and my very first blog entry.  If you have missed reading the home page note, then I would just state it again that this blog will cover topics about information security, its technologies and any thought that passes my mind and I feel the urge of writing it down. 

Finally, I would like to thank Basel AlMisshal for designing such a wonderful website and logo and structuring the whole website within a short period of time. If you want your website to be done by Basel then you can write to him at this address or check hiswebsite to know what other services he can offer you. You will enjoy working with him. Thanks Basel =)   

Till we meet next; enjoy.

Fatma Bazargan