Sariya IT head urges partners to seize the opportunities created by heighteined threats
Sariya IT head urges partners to seize the opportunities provided by digital transformation
The financial and reputational cost of data breaches is creating significant challenges for unprepared IT staff in many businesses. However, for innovative partners, these same challenge presents vast commercial opportunities.
The risks facing IT organisations are considerable, Amjad Fathi Al- Omar, general manager at Sariya IT observes.
One of the biggest network security threat today is ransomware, an increasingly dangerous menace where users are prevented from accessing their data on their computers or networks until a payment is made.
DDOS attacks are also an evolving threat and are today characterised by massive volumetric DDOS attacks where multiple compromised systems, often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system. The ME region is also an attractive target for hacktivists, motivated to publicly damage their target’s reputation by overriding safety mechanisms or publishing confidential documents.
Insider threats continue to grow, with 40-50% of recent data breaches due to the insider threats. Of these, more than twothirds were people with malicious intent, Al- Omar observes.
A recent phenomenon has been fake ads, associated with phishing attacks that have eroded trust in most net-based marketing collateral.
Sariya IT, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, is a leading value-added distributor whose security portfolio include Kaspersky Lab, Sophos and Cyberoam.
“For the channel, the rise of cyber attacks and security threats is creating opportunities in providing security services and multi-layered security products such as NGFW and email security to their customers,” Al- Omar observes.
Another emerging opportunity for the channel is digital transformation, “Most applications have moved to the cloud and this is creating significant opportunities for IT channel to help their customers in the migration process,” says Al- Omar.
MEA an attractive target for hacktivists, says Al- Omar.