Cyber-threats ‘no 1 risk to businesses’
Dubai, December 6, 2012
Cyber-threats are predicted to be to be the number one risk to businesses within the next two years, according to the latest survey from B2B International in conjunction with Kaspersky Lab.
The survey, involving over 3,300 IT specialists in 22 countries worldwide, found that cyber-threats were viewed as second only to economic uncertainty in terms of current business risk with the gap quickly closing.
Cyber threats and economic uncertainty are perceived as important future business risks in the GCC. Other increasing IT security risks for organisations, identified for the coming two years, and considered amongst the top three concerns of organisations surveyed included; the theft of intellectual property 17 per cent, fraud 15 per cent and industrial espionage 19 per cent.
Although such threats existed long before malware emerged, data theft, fraud and industrial spying are all now typically conducted through cyber-attacks, a statement from Kaspersky said. The picture painted is of an environment under siege, with almost one third of businesses in GCC that feel like they are being targeted specifically by cyber-attacks.
For companies, effective protection from current levels of cybercrime means implementing unified security policies across the organisation, as well as building a comprehensive system for the entire IT infrastructure.
Kaspersky Lab can provide this level of cyber-security through a range of effective business solutions to ensure the security of important network nodes (file and mail servers) and workstations running under Windows, Linux or MacOSX, the statement said.
Protecting data on smartphones connected to corporate networks is also critical and is accomplished by Kaspersky endpoint security for smartphone, it said. Managing the entire IT security infrastructure is handled through a single console provided by Kaspersky Security Center. – TradeArabia News Service