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Is being proactive the key to improving cyber security in your organisation?

by david.nunes

Is being proactive the key to improving cyber security in your organisation?


Muscat, February 5th 2012 – With the start of a new year, there have already been plenty of predictions about potential upcoming cyber security threats. Last year, already known in the industry as the ‘year of the hacks,’ saw over 430 million people become victims of cybercrime.


Should predictions for 2012 be correct, you can expect to see even mobile devices under attack this year. If 2011 taught the cyber world one lesson – it’s that it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive – because if you aren’t proactive you are often too late. This has resulted in governments increasing their efforts to battle cyber attacks and cyber crime.


Codenomicon, a bronze sponsor at April’s Cyber Defence Summit in Muscat, Oman, is considered a leader in unknown vulnerability management. The company provides the Middle East region with the very best solutions to ensure the safety of critical national infrastructure. Codenomicon does this with two product families, one focused on zero-day vulnerability discovery through security testing, and the other focused on situation awareness solutions.


During a cyber attack, access into the system or device is enabled by vulnerabilities hiding within the system. This means the number one security priority is finding and fixing any unknown weaknesses – in both in-house and third-party developed code. Both developers and purchasers of software can benefit from proactive security tests.


“Infrastructure is growing very rapidly in Middle East, but is vulnerable in terms of cyber security. Our aim is to ensure that critical systems are secure and relevant organisations realise the importance of being proactive,” explained Ari Knuuti, Codenomicon’s Vice President Business Development.


Proactive nations such as Finland and Estonia have already demonstrated the capability of Codenomicon situational awareness solutions to detect network abuse. This has enhanced their capabilities in finding malware and detecting sources of denial of service attacks. Like many others, the Middle East has prioritised securing its virtual borders and ensuring that their critical infrastructures are safe from cyber threats.


Organised by a French business information group naseba, the summit – hosted in Oman – is entirely Middle East focused and allows critical national infrastructure organisations from the region to discuss the heightened importance of cyber security. It is endorsed by ITU-IMPACT, and hosted by Oman CERT and Information Technology Authority Oman.


“It is important for the cyber security of the region that high profile events like the Cyber Defence Summit are organised. It provides a good platform for key stakeholders to meet each other, discuss and establish a fool proof cyber security plan,” added Knuuti.


Nicholas Watson, naseba Managing Director commented: “The very fact that Codenomicon is headquartered in Finland demonstrates that cyber security has no borders – and highlights the need for global collaboration and solutions. Their attendance will enrich the attendees’ experience of the two days, as Codenomicon will be sharing valuable international expertise of how to establish a more secure organisation.”



The event website is www.cyberdefencesummit.com


Ali Khalid Rana – Marketing Manager Cyber Defence Summit

Tel: + 971 4455 7962 | Fax: +971 4367 2764 | Email: alir@naseba.com


About naseba

naseba produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions targeting executive level attendees across multiple industries. Each event is focused on re-education, networking and creating a deal-flow platform for all participating organisations. Whether it is raising capital, expanding to a new market, vendor sales contracts or sourcing a strategic partner, naseba facilitates and supports clients’ business development.

Our team of experts conducts extensive research in conjunction with recognised thought leaders to ensure that all events are relevant, timely and at the forefront of market and industry trends.

naseba collaborates with leading media, industry and local authorities, such as International Data Corporation (IDC), International Business Consultancy Group (IBCG), Saudi Trading and Resources Co. Ltd. (STAR Group Holdings), HIL International Lawyers & Advisers (HIL), International Herald Tribune, CNBC Arabia, Zawya, Council of Saudi Chambers, Asharqia Chamber, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, Ministry of Health – UAE, Ministry of Economy – UAE, Ministry of Environment and Water – UAE, Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning – Qatar, Privatization and Investment Board (PIB) – Libya, Principality of Monaco, Singapore Tourism Board, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad, Department of Civil Aviation – Malaysia and many others.

Since its inception in France in 2002, naseba has organised over 400 events and played host to 58,000 executive delegates globally. Operating from four strategically located offices, naseba has on-the-ground presence in Monaco, Cairo, Riyadh, Dubai, Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur.

At naseba, we make it happen.

For more information on naseba, please visit www.naseba.com


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