Dubai, UAE: Organisations must shift away from their traditional defensive approach to cybersecurity to a more assertive and proactive posture to stem the rising tide of attacks, according to IT association CompTIA.
At a time when fewer than half of the IT professionals in the Middle East feel their organisation’s security is completely up to par, the shift toward more creative security solutions is particularly timely, according to Mark Plunkett, Regional Director, Emerging Markets (Europe and Middle East) at CompTIA.
Plunkett spoke out ahead of GITEX Technology Week 2016, where CompTIA will have a presence.
“Many businesses have thrown money at the cybersecurity issue, with much of money spent on hardware and software solutions,” Plunkett said. “But investing in infrastructure and security solution providers is only one element of survival in today’s constantly mutating landscape.
“At best, these solutions represent only ‘table stakes’ when it comes to securing companies effectively. At worst, they lead to a false sense of security. Recent attacks on leading cloud and mobile device providers suggest that another approach is necessary.
“Beyond implementing tactical changes, IT leaders have to initiate a mindset shift throughout their teams, focusing on their ability to evaluate complex issues and create innovative security solutions.”
With 70% of Middle East executives believing the cybersecurity threat is in increasing, and 27% believing human error is a growing factor in security incidents, a new approach is necessary.
“The key is to properly analyse today’s networks to see where traditional security measures fail,” Plunkett explained. “Along with this mental adjustment comes another transition, an approach that involves both building up an IT department’s detection and analytics capabilities, along with proactively testing an organization’s IT environment to identify any potential vulnerabilities or security gaps.”
Four in 10 organisations in the UAE have experienced at least one security incident in the past year, and three in 10 had one or more serious breaches.
“By encouraging security professionals to figure out what makes their organization an attractive target in the first place and hunt down any points of exposure – the same steps hackers take – IT leaders can accelerate this paradigm shift and get ahead of future incidents,” Plunkett concluded.
CompTIA is at the forefront of cybersecurity education and preparedness, providing skills certifications for individuals IT workers; market leading research on security trends, threats and prevention strategies; industry communities and committees committed to security best practices; and CompTIA CyberSecure™ a self-paced, online course to educate everyone in the workplace – from the front desk to the executive suite – on the cybersecurity best practices vital to protecting the business.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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