Cisco, GBM use GITEX to announce move to protect IoT
Joint research reveals 62% of UAE employees not aware of recent high-profile cyber attacks
Cisco Systems has teamed up with Gulf Business Machines (GBM) to unveil the findings of joint research into UAE workplace behaviour surrounding technology, and to highlight emerging risks as the Internet of Things era takes hold in the region.
At GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, Rabih Dabboussi, managing director, Cisco UAE, and Hani Nofal, executive director, GBM, told key assembled delegates that work needs to be done to secure corporate infrastructures as national connectivity escalates.
Dabboussi cited two events within the past year that he believes will act as major catalysts for the proliferation of devices. The first is the Smart City initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The project aims to deliver all municipal services through Web and mobile means. Second is Dubai’s success in winning the right to host World Expo 2020.
“Just in a period of 12 months, we've seen a tremendous turn towards technology, towards smart, towards advancement,” Dabboussi says. “[These events] will drive the need to secure critical national infrastructure.”
The report on the findings shows that 62% of UAE employees showed no awareness of recent high-profile cyber security events, such as Heartbleed, while 59% believe IT security measures are stifling innovation within their organisation.
“An employee who blindly trusts is one among several weak links in the security chain,” warns Dabboussi. “They expose an organisation to greater risks by providing enterprising hackers with multiple doorways that can be unlocked and potentially lead to sensitive data.”
Dabboussi called for a coherent strategy to be formulated to future-proof infrastructures and protect against threats.