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DarkMatter focuses cyber security debate on telecom

DarkMatter is collaborating with the GSMA's Mobile 360 Series at DWTC

DarkMatter focuses cyber security debate on telecom
Faisal Al Bannai, CEO of DarkMatter, said: "Growth in the telecom sector is being driven by mobile data services, with personal mobile devices becoming a primary tool for accessing the Internet."

DarkMatter, an international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, is collaborating with the GSMA's Mobile 360 Series - Middle East event scheduled to take place on 17 - 18 October, 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The event brings together a wide cross section of senior telecom professionals from all over the region to discuss industry developments and technical innovations such as 5G, cyber security, mobile commerce, Internet of Things, electronic identity, connected living, and more.

According to the recently published Nokia Threat Intelligence Report H1-2016, smartphone infections accounted for 78% of infections detected in the mobile network, while 22% are related to Windows/PC systems connected using dongles or tethered through phones. These statistics highlight the significant threat posed by smartphones as a conduit for malware and viruses.

Faisal Al Bannai, CEO of DarkMatter, said: "Growth in the telecom sector is being driven by mobile data services, with personal mobile devices becoming a primary tool for accessing the Internet. This level of connectivity and functionality, and the sheer amount of personal data offered by subscribers has expanded the threat surface exponentially, and key stakeholders from telcos and over-the-top providers, through to end-users need to learn about their cyber risk profile and ways to manage and mitigate it.

"The GSMA is a pre-eminent industry body for the mobile industry globally and we look forward to better understanding the industry's pain points and collaboratively devising solutions to them. We believe there are a number of pro-active steps telcos are able to take to foster resilient networks and connected devices to the benefit of all ecosystem parties and society at large."

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