ISS urges caution to government bodies

Network security must be an integral and essential part of e-government, said Internet Security Systems Middle East (ISS ME) at the International e-government conference and exhibition in Dubai last week.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  February 4, 2001

Network security must be an integral and essential part of e-government says Internet Security Systems Middle East (ISS ME). ISS ME were participating in the first International e-government conference and exhibition held in Dubai last week and warned attendees of the importance of network security as the region’s governments embrace e-government.

“E-government, e-commerce and e-education offer enormous opportunities for Middle East countries to match and even exceed Western economies by fully embracing the new technology and its benefits. However, in the case of e-government, network security should now be considered a national, not an organisation success factor – in which IT managers are expected to play a leading role,” said Moustapha Sarhank, president of ISS ME.

With the threat of Internet attacks increasing from 36% in 1996 to around 70% in 2001, according to a Computer Security Institute/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, Internet security is becoming all the more important, particularly in the case of governments.

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