95pc of cyber attacks ‘preventable’
Dubai, September 23, 2013
Ninety-five per cent of all attacks on IT security come from known vulnerabilities and are preventable, said an industry expert.
“In an age where information is power, organizations security teams need to stay ahead of the bad guys and protect the organizational assets,” added Marc Maiffret CTO of BeyondTrust, a top provider of context-aware security intelligence. “Cyber-attacks can bring any business to their knees no matter where they are in the world. Companies and internet users alike need to understand the need to be secure.
He was speaking at the recent annual Middle East IT Security Summit at The Jumeirah Towers Hotel in Dubai.
Maiffret ran a session focused on “The Threat Landscape – Staying Ahead of the Change”. He discussed how the threat landscape has shifted and what was once a safe place to peruse and share information is now trolled by hackers, bots and organized cyber-crime groups.
“Threats can drain companies of millions of dollars and lead to the loss of critical and sensitive data. The Middle East is no different from any other geography, the threat landscape is changing and becoming more sophisticated – organizations need to adapt.”
“The Gulf region is a prime target for cyber-criminals due to its economic strength and widespread use of social media, but if businesses take smart precautions to reinforce their defenses both inside and out these risks may be avoided” Maiffret concluded.
BeyondTrust will be exhibiting their full portfolio of security products at this year’s Gitex Technology Week, running from October 20 to 24 at The Dubai World Trade Centre. – TradeArabia News Service