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Redundant employees are the new threat

Security vendor Paramount will advocate a data downwards approach at its security event this month to tackle new organisational dangers

Organisations in the Middle East will have to re-think threats and preparation levels in this year of financial trouble, since the biggest dangers will come from the unexpected quarter of employees who have been made redundant and inadequate identity and access management, according to Premchand Kurup, CEO of Paramount Computer Systems.

“The economic meltdown is a game changer. The biggest security threat today is laid off employees and the absence of a clearly defined exit process. Prudent investments in identity and access management (IDM) are the need of the hour. Data loss prevention (DLP), particularly through USB drivers is also of vital importance. You can count on your fingers the number of companies in the Gulf that have implemented IDM and DLP,” states Kurup.

He also advocates enterprise security that brings together people, processes and technology in an optimal mix, along with leading edge certification for security personnel, to adequately tackle the rising threat levels.

These are just some of the issues that the company hopes to address and improve awareness on at its third annual conference on security, which is scheduled to be held this month.

“In our event last year, titled ‘Paradigm Shift in Information Security’, we propounded the need to move away from a bottom up (perimeter upwards) security strategy, to a top-down (data downwards) approach. Two security technology areas that form the cornerstone of this strategy are DLP and IDM. This year we highlight some of our successes of the past year in IDM, and position speed of implementation and cost effectiveness. We will also be announcing our foray into virtualisation with a top-down strategy,” explains Kurup.

The event, which will be held in Dubai, will play host to around 200 delegates, and offer a combination of insights from end-users and vendors alike.

“We have assembled thought leaders from across the world to share their views with our customers on the latest threats, the mitigation strategies and international client experiences. It will be security education par excellence,” adds Kurup.

Other topics that will be discussed during the event include secure content management, perimeter security, internal network security, as well as vulnerability, risk and security event management.

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