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Third platform rings in new security threats

Enterprises need to adopt predictive security to cope with new wave of cyber-crime, says IDC

Third platform rings in new security threats
Kumar: Organisations mostly look to protect themselves at the network level

As third-platform technologies make inroads into enterprise deployments, organisations will find it increasingly difficult to ensure security, according to Megha Kumar, head of software at IDC Middle East and Africa.

Speaking today at the IDC Middle East CIO Summit, Kumar said that, because cyber-criminals target new types of technology to achieve their goals, enterprises will find protecting themselves in the era of the internet of things ever more challenging.

She said that, already, 70% of CIOs describe maintaining a secure environment as a “major” challenge, and that the problem was “only going to get worse”.                                                                                                                         

“Think about when the internet of things becomes a reality. Think about the different devices, including smartwatches, smartphones and wearables that will be connecting to your enterprise network,” she said.

Kumar said that the protection required for this new wave of technology would be difficult to achieve with the ways that organisations are currently securing themselves. Citing IDC research, she said that 56% of organisations in the Middle East consider firewalls a high priority, while 52% consider anti-malware to be a top priority. Data-loss prevention and email protection was favoured by 50% and 47% of respondents, respectively.

“Organisations mostly look to protect themselves at the network level,” she explained.

However, Kumar said that this was a reactive approach to security, and that a proactive approach was required for when third-platform technologies become mainstream. However, she also pointed out that IDC has noted encouraging signs that organisations are beginning to change their attitudes to security – for example, 46% of organisations view training and educating end-users on security threats as a top priority.

While admitting that it is very difficult to stay ahead of the threat landscape, Kumar said that organisations should adopt these types of policies to put predictive security in place.

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit continues until February 26.

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