Barracuda Networks to expand Middle East footprint

Move is part of wider plan to address stronger demand for security solutions

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Barracuda Networks to expand Middle East footprint Judge says attackers are focusing on where they can get the most eyeballs and profit.
By  Manda Banda Published  October 3, 2011

Barracuda Networks, a provider of content security, data protection and application delivery solutions, has announced expansion plans in the Middle East in response to demand for stronger security following a global increase in high profile security attacks.

The vendor, said research scientists have been analysing the latest cyber security threats landscape and will be sharing new research into the latest threats affecting consumers and businesses in the Middle East during GITEX Technology Week.

The company says the number of malware found on a daily basis dramatically increased by 55% in 2010, with one in five searches leading to a compromised site and one per cent of malware originating from Twitter.

Dr Paul Judge, chief research officer at Barracuda Networks said: "Attackers are focusing on where they can get the most eyeballs and profit, and today that means social networks and search engines. The popularity and viral features of Twitter and Facebook make them attractive and efficient targets for attackers. The Middle East now has an estimated 6.5 million users on Twitter; becoming a hot bed for cyber criminals."

The vendor says although world economies continue to be unpredictable and fragile, the market for IT security solutions remains robust. The continuous presence of security threats and the speed at which they evolve, mean that no business can afford not to invest in protecting themselves against this risk. The company adds that security specialist channel partners can differentiate themselves as ‘best of breed' by selecting their vendor portfolio based on strength of solution, depth of portfolio and making sure they have a partner agile and innovative enough to stay ahead of today's ever evolving cyber threats.

Russell Johnson, vice president, International Business, Barracuda Networks remarked: "The Middle East is of great importance to Barracuda Networks. We already have over 1000 customers in the region and are very pleased to be taking part in GITEX 2011. We are growing our sales and marketing resources to support our partners, hiring new talent to help them to increase their business, and developing new partner tools to make working with Barracuda Networks easy, profitable and enjoyable."

Judge said: "We will be sharing best practices for end-users when using social networking sites and search engines, as well as sharing new research on the threat landscape, with specific data for the Middle East at GITEX 2011."

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