Security Advisor Middle East|January 2020
The recently concluded Gartner Security and Risk Management Symposium in Dubai, presented some jaw dropping statements. One of them was that 95% of GCC CIOs expect cybersecurity threats to get worse.
Clearly CISOs are anticipating the consequences of various ongoing external challenges including growing technology complexity, growing sophistication of global and regional threat actors; and internal challenges such as disconnect on security spending, existing chasm with the Board, and lack of eye to eye with business peers, to impact them going forward.
While digital transformation and cloud adoption is now on the drawing board of almost every CEO in the region, they are equally wary to exposing the organization to unanticipated threats from Cloud and other digital initiatives such as IOT etc.
For example, industrial and manufacturing organizations that use control systems and automation, are now fully aware that a cyber security breach in the ICS systems, can also impact them in the mechanical world, destroying expensive equipment and paralyzing their core operations for days and paralyzing the business
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