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For hack­ers, cloud is the new play­ground

Global spend­ing on cloud se­cu­rity seen ris­ing from $185m in 2017 to $305m this year

- BY NAUSHAD K. CHERRAYIL Staff Re­porter Information Security · Tech Trends · Tech · Business Software · Investing · Technology Industry · Programming · Business · Industries · United Arab Emirates · Europe · European Union · Middle East · organization · Data Storage · Software · Cloud Computing · Databases · Gartner Research · Nigel Hawthorne · McAfee

Hack­ers are now tar­get­ing busi­ness data as com­pa­nies mi­grate to cloud stor­age, in­dus­try ex­perts have warned.

Re­search firm Gart­ner said global spend­ing on cloud se­cu­rity is ex­pected to in­crease to $305 mil­lion (Dh1.12 bil­lion) this year, up from $185 mil­lion in 2017, be­fore surg­ing to $459 mil­lion in 2019.

Ni­dal Taha, pres­i­dent of Z Ser­vices, a UAE-based cloud-based cy­ber­se­cu­rity so­lu­tions provider, said cloud se­cu­rity has been one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity in­vest­ments over the past five years as it is a “na­tion­wide is­sue.”

Z Ser­vices of­fers its ser­vices through tele­com op­er­a­tors. In the UAE it has a tie-up with eti­salat.

“The hard­ware and soft­ware used to — [in] the tra­di­tional way — pro­tect the ecosys­tem but now cy­ber­se­cu­rity is be­com­ing a sub­scrip­tion­based model [based on] payper-use,” Taha said.

“Se­cu­rity as a ser­vice is gain­ing trac­tion glob­ally and is on [track] to sur­pass on­premise de­ploy­ments soon,” he said.

How­ever, Nigel Hawthorn, di­rec­tor of cloud se­cu­rity for Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa at cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm McAfee, said that the amount of cloud ser­vices used by an in­di­vid­ual or com­pany is in­creas­ing.

“Ninety-seven per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions use some sort of cloud ser­vices, whether the com­pany has sanc­tioned it or not. At the same time, there is also a rise of un­man­aged de­vices to the cloud. Eighty­seven per cent of com­pa­nies rely on their em­ploy­ees us­ing per­sonal de­vices to ac­cess busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions,” Hawthorn said.

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