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Mena region faces threat of cybercrime

Kevin Mitnick - consultant and former hacker

July 17, 2013 9:54 by

What are your plans for the region?

WatchGuard has identified the region as a key growth market, and has invested further in marketing and training programmes to help support and expand its channel presence in the region.

We have had several significant new product releases over the past few months, including the launch of two new Wireless Access Points, seven new WatchGuard XTM models, and updated features that provide customers with increased functionality while maintaining a high level of manageability.

The rapid growth over the last few months shows that more customers are looking to safeguard their networks against today’s blended threats.

WatchGuard’s strategy is and will be oriented towards channel development and the recruitment of serious partners in the region. For instance, WatchGuard Secure Partner (WSP) is a fidelity program that offers priority in support, visibility on the online partner locator, and extra rebates at the certification of two technicians and purchase of two not-for-resell units. WatchGuard will offer certification trainings in Dubai, Bahrain and KSA completely free of charge at the start of this promotion.

What role if any has BYOD brought to this arena?

Did you know?

– 34 per cent of employees store sensitive data (i.e. work passwords and files) on their mobile devices

– 69 per cent of SMBs currently do not have a security solution for BYOD

– Data breaches can occur anytime when a mobile device is connected to an unsecure Wi-Fi network

– BYOD programs can increase security but, when not monitored correctly, can actually lead to a whole new pathway for data leakage.

– Lost or stolen devices pose the biggest threats to IT networks, company and customer data.

The use of personalised devices for business continues to grow as the market and the demand for smartphones, tablets and other devices increase. While BYOD allows flexibility and independence and, can increase the productivity of employees contributing to [the] profitability and agility in business, [it] also brings…a whole new set of threats and challenges.

Businesses aren’t able to monitor the usage of employees’ personal devices outside of work, and the threat of data breaches is continuous. There is also the risk of lost devices [that] contain sensitive corporate information.

By investing in mobile device management (MDM), enterprises can drastically reduce the threats of data and software breaches. MDM can be incorporated into pre-existing network security structures and can be monitored through a centralised data management system. This can be updated to work with a multitude of new and upcoming devices, which makes sure that all data is protected with the most appropriate levels of protection.

Finding a suitable security solution is only one of the factors when looking at the BYOD trend. Security needs to be compatible with the networks that businesses have in place. Businesses need to determine which information they [would] allow each employee to have access to and limit what they don’t want to be shared. The risks are always going to be there, however, with a well-implemented security solution, businesses can protect themselves better.

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