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Digitisation brings security risks, says DarkMatter and du

Extent of digitisation has increased the risk of cyber attack and the potential for damage

Digitisation brings security risks, says DarkMatter and du
Osman Sultan of du and Faisal Al Bannai of DarkMatter talk security.

The UAE is benefiting from its position as a leader in digital transformation, but the risk of cyber attack and the potential for damage is also increasing with the extent of digitisation, according to industry leaders DarkMatter and du.

The CEOs of the two companies, discussed how increased digitalisation, uptake of services and the growing reliance on devices, has drastically increased the number of attack surfaces and the potential for critical damage to the country at a round table held at GITEX Technology Week.

The strength of the UAE's economy has also made it a more attractive target for cyber attackers compared to other countries. Key sectors such as oil & gas, and banking and finance are seeing more complex attacks and a much greater rate of attacks.

DarkMatter and du announced a commercial partnership in May, which will offer DarkMatter's security services as part of du's enterprise services business. The partnership between security expertise and a national telecoms provider offers clear advantages in terms of response times to threats, the companies said.

"It is clear that we are going into a totally new world, with exciting things happening; where you cannot stop malicious people doing the wrong thing, but the good things is that technology gives us the antidote," says Osman Sultan, CEO of du.

"We need to have the right experts, the right platforms, and the right processes to administer the antidote, and we hope that our partnership gives us the right solution to provide to our customers."

Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and founder of DarkMatter adds: "To really be able to protect society, you need collaboration between multiple entities in the commercial sector, including collaboration with the government sector, because you need the technology, you need entities that touch the customers and you need regulation, that is the only way to be really secure."

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