GCC firms failing to protect data

Middle Eastern companies are failing to train their staff adequately on information security, leaving their firms exposed to online threats, claims a US-based security expert.

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GCC firms failing to protect data Daniel Blander, CEO of InfoSecurity.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2009

Middle Eastern companies are failing to train their staff adequately on information security, leaving their firms exposed to online threats, claims a US-based security expert.

Daniel Blander, CEO of InfoSecurityLab, says there is a “huge gap” in the market, which is compounded by the region’s lax disclosure laws.

“Every company in every region has problems,” he tells GITEX Times. “But the US has disclosure laws, and Europe is getting better. The Middle East doesn’t have the pressure, either from laws or from the industry to warn anyone to be more secure.’”

Companies are investing significant sums in security software but its impact has been muted, Blander says, because firms are failing to tell their employees how and when to use the technology.

“Training is one of the simplest security solutions, and it gives the largest ROI,” he says. “Companies make the mistake of thinking ‘technology first’, rather than examining the process.”

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