SE­CU­RITY RE­PORT

Sariya IT head urges part­ners to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by heighteined threats

Network Middle East - - CONTENTS / JANUARY 2019 -

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.

Part­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties

“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.

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