Trend Micro alarmed at lax IT security

Cloud security solutions provider reveals findings from survey of Middle East businesses

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Trend Micro alarmed at lax IT security Moawad says IT security threats will continue to increase as we become more web-reliant.
By Staff Writer Published  October 23, 2013

Trend Micro, a provider of cloud security solutions yesterday used GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK to reveal key findings from a survey of Middle East businesses which it says showed up serious issues with IT security in the region.

The regional survey which looked at different industry verticals including government, IT, engineering, FMCG, construction, automotive, oil and gas, manufacturing and education revealed a 100% infection rate across regional businesses.

According to the report, 20% of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) businesses have experienced more than three security breaches in the past 12 months.

The survey also revealed that 10% of businesses are worried about inside attacks with data loss remaining the number one worry with 26% citing this as the main security concern, followed closely by infections from emails at 25%. The report points out that concerns for threat from hackers was only 8%.

The report states that the UAE has one of the highest infection rates in the region with 34%, followed by Saudi Arabia at 18%.

“We have seen alarming lapses in IT security across the region. Businesses and government entities only look for security solutions after they have been infected, but by then the damage has already been done,” says Ihab Moawad, VP Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa at Trend Micro.

Moawad adds that: “The visible infections in the region continue to grow year-on-year. As we become more dependent on the web, threats will only increase.”

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