Lax local security offers the channel a chance

Hardly a day goes by without one software vendor or another sending me details about their latest piece of software or the need to update my patches on a more regular basis.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 19, 2003

Hardly a day goes by without one software vendor or another sending me details about their latest piece of software or the need to update my patches on a more regular basis.

Despite these constant reminders, the IT security situation in the Middle East appears to be worsening, as web sites continue to go down and networks become infected by yet another strain of malicious code.

For example, Al Al-Jazeera suffered a denial of service (DoS) attack earlier in the month and Etisalat remains a constant target.

Furthermore, there is no doubt that the threats emanating from cyber space are becoming more sophisticated. Hacking tools are becoming both more advanced and more widely available, while some sources suggest that the crackers themselves are becoming more organised.

If this is the case, users need to protect themselves more vigorously and cast aside the sluggish attitude they currently harbour towards IT security. End users also need to discuss the issue more — instead of sweeping threats and actual attacks under the carpet and hoping that neither their partners nor their customers notice.

In short, the Middle East needs to wake up to IT security. And, once it does, the channel needs to be ready to seize the initiative by delivering the products, services and skills the region requires.

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