Cyber Security Takes Centre Stage at BeyondTrust’s Middle East IT Security Summit
95% of all attacks come from known vulnerabilities and are preventable
Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust
Sunday, September 22, 2013 – Dubai – BeyondTrust, the security industry’s only provider of Context-Aware Security Intelligence, today welcomed IT Security Leaders to their annual Middle East IT Security Summit at The Jumeirah Towers Hotel. CTO and ex-hacker Marc Maiffret ran a session focused on “The Threat Landscape – Staying Ahead of the Change”, Maiffret 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.
“In an age where information is power, organizations’ security teams need to stay ahead of the bad guys and protect the organizational assets,” said Maiffret. “95 percent of all attacks come from known vulnerabilities and are preventable. 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. 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” said Maiffret.
BeyondTrust will be exhibiting their full portfolio of security products at this year’s Gitex Technology Week, held from October the 20th – 24th at The Dubai World Trade Centre.