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Security shines in UAE

Report on the UAE market reveals increased information security spend comes at the expense of long-term planning.

Security resellers in the UAE are in an ideal position to offer consultative services to their customers following a report from auditing giant KPMG that shows companies are failing to take a holistic approach to their long-term business continuity and information security planning.

"The survey shows that companies in the UAE are increasingly depending on IT, and their spend has risen accordingly," said Rajeev Lalwani, head of IT advisory practice for KPMG in the UAE and Oman. "Yet, 86% of companies are not considering international security standards such as IS027001 when implementing information security management systems, and 55% allocate funds to projects on a case by case basis. Organisations need to treat security and continuity issues as business issues and embed them in the larger context of risk management policies and procedures."

KPMG claims that as firms in the UAE expand on a regional and global scale, it is vital for security and continuity schemes to fit with international standards.

According to its study, viruses were the main issue in 2006, followed by spamming and internal threats. Only 12% of respondents claimed that their information security function lies outside the IT department with direct reporting to the board, highlighting the need for UAE firms to interlink their information security policies with overall company policies.