Gulf Air inks partnership with Shifra

Shifra has deployed its Proofpoint E-mail Protection platform across the entirety of Gulf Air’s e-mail communications.

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Gulf Air inks partnership with Shifra (L-R) Dr Jassim Haji, director of IT at Gulf Air and Mohammad Ismail, VP of Sales at Shifra.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  October 24, 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has brought on Shifra, a value-added distributor of information security and identify protection technologies, to improve the security capabilities of the airline's e-mails.

Shifra has deployed its Proofpoint E-mail Protection platform, which is designed to tackle both malware and non-malware threats. This includes imposter e-mail, also referred to as a business e-mail compromise (BEC).

Additionally, Proofpoint comes equipped with granular filtering to manage bulk ‘graymail' or otherwise unwanted e-mails, as well as business continuity capabilities that keep e-mail communications active, even when the server fails.

"Information is one of the most critical assets for Gulf Air and cyber security is one of the airline's IT Department's most important considerations," commented Dr Jassim Haji, Director of Information Technology at Gulf Air.

"E-mail service is one of the areas that opens us up to external threats and it is therefore important to be armed with the right secure e-mail gateway, complemented by up-to-date, advanced threat intelligence and protection features. Proofpoint proved accurate, precise and compatible with Gulf Air's operating environment."

Findings from a recent report from PwC titled Middle East Information Security Survey 2016, cyber-attacks have become a common sight with the region's shift to virtualisation, cloud services and mobility.

According to PwC, businesses in the Middle East are more likely to suffer from cyber-attacks when compared to their global counterparts, the regional average standing at 85%, compared to the global average of 79%.

"More than 90% of targeted attacks use e-mails as an entry point. Applying appropriate safeguards defends enterprise networks from cyberattacks that threaten mission-critical, sensitive and confidential information from getting into a hacker's hands," commented Mohammad Ismail, VP of Sales at Shifra.

"As advanced threats scale up in frequency and sophistication, it has never been more important to secure your organisation's e-mail, which by far ranks the number one threat vector. Proofpoint uniquely combines a top-notch e-mail gateway solution with the industry's leading targeted attack protection technology, catching and stopping threats hours or even days before traditional defenses."

"We at Shifra count it a crucial part of our offerings, and are delighted to supply the solution to Gulf Air," he concluded.

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