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Symantec, Deloitte prioritise Mid East in EMEA cyber-sec alliance

Service aims to help organisations battle ‘new era’ of cyber attacks

Symantec, Deloitte prioritise Mid East in EMEA cyber-sec alliance

Symantec and Deloitte announced today a cyber-threat vulnerability management service that will pair Symantec's cyber intelligence technologies with Deloitte's consulting services to address concerns around cyber security and information protection.

The alliance will focus on growth markets across EMEA, including the Middle East as a priority zone, as both companies consider the region a hub of targeted cyber-crime activity.

"The emergence of sophisticated cyber threats has resulted in the need for managed cyber security services that can help protect organizations and their assets from round-the-clock attacks," the companies said in a joint statement. "The impact following a data breach or security threat can have major consequences, damaging a business and brand reputation overnight."

The duo cited "unprecedented growth" in digital communications, fuelled by the rise of mobile devices, as a major factor in driving information management to the top of C-level agendas. Deloitte and Symantec say the latest cyber security technologies, training, skills and management all require ongoing investment that can be expensive and a drain on business resources. Their alliance is aimed at enabling organisations to outsource cyber security to specialists in the field.

As part of the alliance, Deloitte's enterprise risk services will use Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Managed Security Services (MSS) technologies. The services will be managed by Deloitte consultants who will oversee the data lifecycle for clients.

Threat alerts will be remotely monitored and analysed via Deloitte's Cyber Intelligence Centres, each of which house a team of incident response analysts and ethical hackers.

"In Deloitte, we have a trusted alliance associate that can deliver against the volatile world in which they operate," said Amer Chebaro, Symantec's regional manager for Gulf and Levant. "The Middle East region has witnessed an upsurge in cybercrime activity, with attacks on financial and oil and gas industries making headlines across the globe and leaving some organisations exposed. The alliance enables clients to build a swift security response team that can be fully operational in hours."

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