STME to increase products and services to combat cyber security threats

SI says UAE on top 10 list of countries targeted by cyber criminals

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STME to increase products and services to combat cyber security threats Al Bayaa says most cyber security attacks happen because companies lack knowledge about it.
By  Manda Banda Published  May 1, 2016

Systems integrator STME, has revealed it is focusing on improving and increasing the number of its products and services to combat increasing cyber security threats and challenges.

A survey conducted by KPMG in 2015 on UAE organisations' readiness and ability to respond to cyberattacks revealed that only 50% of respondents had any counter attack measures in place.

Further, the survey found that around a third of these organisations had been hacked in the past 12 months, and worse, some organisations had no clue they were under attack until it was too late.

STME stated that this is not isolated to the UAE, as a PwC survey on "Economic Crime in the Middle East", indicated that organisations reported cybercrime as the second highest type affecting them in 2014.

"Most cyber security attacks happen because companies lack knowledge about it or they rely on destiny, assuming that these attacks will never happen to them. There is also a misconception that security solutions are very costly, which is again misguided, as for each type and size of firms there will be tailor-made security solutions based on their needs and capacities," Ayman Al Bayaa, CEO at STME. "And of course, it is always less expensive and pain-free to prevent cyberattacks rather to deal with its consequences."

Al Bayaa added that to combat these cyber threats STME has developed and is in the process of developing products and services at various cost models. "Companies in MENA can avail themselves of STME's security products covering networks, host, identity, database, and cloud security. Some popular services that STME offers include security management and security operation centres," he said.

He explained STME is providing an informative and consultancy service to clients, both to keep them informed of the security climate in general and what options are available to them. "For example, in mid-March STME participated alongside one of its very important partners who is one of the biggest vendors in security services in a security themed event at the Kempinski Burj Rafal Hotel, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to inform clients of the dangers of cyberattacks, and the options they can implement," he said.

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