TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME

Security Advisor Middle East|January 2020

TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME
TAREK KUZBARI, REGIONAL DIRECTOR – MIDDLE EAST, BITDEFENDER, SHARES INSIGHTS INTO HOW ORGANISATIONS CAN OUTWIT CYBERCRIMINALS WITH SUPERIOR THREAT INTELLIGENCE.

Most breaches start with an email. These ubiquitous messages are the most dangerous cyber threat even in the technologically advanced and industriali sed Middle East. Whether they hide malware or impersonate an executive ordering money transfers, email-borne attacks are constantly honed to bypass perimeter defenses.

Defending an organisation against today’s advanced cyber-threats is a Herculean feat. According to a survey by Bitdefender, the strain is so acute that 53 percent of security professionals are considering resigning if they can’t increase their budgets or hire more staff. However, forward-looking decision makers have found an efficient way to alleviate this pain point. Instead of taking the placebo path and piling countless layers of disparate security solutions on top of one another, in the hopes of filling all cyber-security gaps, IT leaders today are turning to a simpler and smarter approach — enter actionable cyber threat intelligence (CTI).

Weaving threat intelligence into your cybersecurity fabric

According to the 2019 Gartner Market Guide for Security Threat Intelligence Products and Services, 20 percent of large enterprises will use commercial CTI services by 2022 to bolster security — an increase from fewer than 10 percent today. But why is threat intelligence suddenly such an appealing approach to combating advanced cyber-threats?

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January 2020