Consolidation is the key to IT security

One mistake can let a cyber threat in says McAfee

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Consolidation is the key to IT security
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 16, 2013

No-one can guarantee complete protection from a zero-day attack, according to Bahaa Hudairi, senior security consultant Middle East at McAfee, there are solutions that can help protect you, but nothing is 100% secure.

Hudairi said that the solution to having strong protection is to consolidate your security equipment and buy from just one or two vendors.

“The key thing is not to have a million solutions, with multiple vendors, this can hinder the business and this is not the objective. To respond as quickly as possible to this incident you need a simple solution,” he said.

Recent high profile attacks on organisations in the region have been successful because of a lack of integration between different security systems, and no correlation of events. This was why those attacks were successful said Hudairi. Cyber-criminals were also launching attacks at the weekend, when they were less likely to be detected, and when incident teams may not be immediately ready to take action.

According to McAfee, zero day attacks, targeted attacks, APTs are not really that smart or sophisticated, but they have been written specifically to target an organisation, and the key to the malware’s success is the company’s slow response, and not knowing what to do when they get attacked, who to contact and what actions to take.

The education aspect of IT security is highly important and password security and knowledge about not opening emails from strange senders or opening attachments should be taught both at high school and at university level according to McAfee. Companies also need to have strict policies as to who can access what information.

Top recent cyber attacks in the Gulf

Saudi Aramco
The oil and gas company was hit by the Shamoon virus, which wiped the hard drives of approximately 30,000 computers.

Bank of Muscat
Hackers raised the limit on 12 accounts at the Bank of Muscat, Oman. The account numbers were distributed to people in 24 countries. Around February 19th, the bank lost $40 million in less than 24 hours.

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