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MidEast organisations are confident in cybersecurity posture; Fortinet

Fortinet notes that continues technological investment enables organisations to keep pace with malicious attacks

MidEast organisations are confident in cybersecurity posture; Fortinet
Fortinet rleeased findings from its Global Enterprise Security survey.

Cybersecurity solution firm Fortinet has revealed that 63% of IT decision makers (ITDM) in the Middle East are confident with their cyber security posture, despite the high number of breaches in the past two years.

Fortinet's Global Enterprise Security survey also discovered that 66% of organisations believe they are performing better than their peers, whilst 9% say they are lagging behind.

This year, 74% of organisations are planning programs to educate employees in IT security, as well as creating awareness that breaches can be caused by carelessness. Another key priority is protecting the network as the survey found that 38% of ITDMs say they have full visibility and control of devices. Plus 42% say they have full visibility of third parties and 48% say they have control of their employees.

Alain Penel, regional vice president - Middle East at Fortinet, said: "ITDMs continue to prioritise the maintenance and upgrade of their cybersecurity solutions in an attempt to combat today's cybersecurity adversaries.

"Although important, other security best practices within their broader cyber and technology strategy are still missed opportunities. In particular, the urgency to prioritise security hygiene, educate with broader awareness, or implement security approaches that leverage automation, integration, and strategic segmentation, is critical to defend against the highly damaging Internet attacks possible in our near future."

The company also found that in 76% of breach incidents, the board typically blames the IT department, either a specific individual or department as a whole. Fortinet believes that with BYOD and IoT, the use of cloud-based applications, and shadow IT, the responsibility must lie within the broader organisation, including employees.

Fortinet notes that continues technological investment enables organisations to keep pace with malicious attacks, and organisations agree as investment in new and upgraded security solutions will continue this year.

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