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Scanit delivers hacking insight

Scanit is offering IT managers the opportunity to study the security problem from the hacking perspective, with a series of courses in Dubai during November.

Many companies in the Middle East are attempting to secure their IT environment without really understanding what they are up against. However, Scanit is offering IT managers an insight into hacking methods.

The penetration-testing firm is going to be running a series of courses in Dubai between November 10th and 14th, designed to give a fuller picture of the whole security dilemma.

“We’re looking to teach people to see things from the outsiders perspective,” says Tirath Rai, senior security engineer, Scanit.

“Only by seeing the other side of the coin can security personnel understand the full possibilities… hacking can be done using freely available tools and a normal PC. There is no magic to it — it’s knowledge that is freely available,” explains Rai.

The hacking courses, which will focus on Unix, Windows and hacking tools & methods, are part of Scanit’s awareness drive in the local region.

“Many people don’t understand the value of penetration-testing. They haven’t really thought about the security issue and how people can attack the network,” comments Rai.

The rapidly evolving nature of the security question results in many businesses being “out of sync,” with the latest developments. Companies can invest heavily in securing their IT environment, however, if an organisation fails to apply up-to-the-minute patches they are risking the security of their entire environment.

“If a company is only one week behind then that could be enough to undermine the security of the environment,” warns Rai.

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