Businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) need to do more to protect their networks from the "increasingly volatile" forces that are shaping the country's cyber threat landscape.
This is according to International Data Corporation (IDC), which will shortly be visiting the nation as part of its regional IT Security Roadshow 2015. Ahead of an event next month, the organisation noted there is a pressing need for UAE companies to evaluate their security investment.
At a time when businesses are under a great deal of pressure to rationalise costs, protect assets, and deploy new solutions, getting this right will be hugely important, which is why industry experts are heading to the nation to advise on how security can be transformed into a business enabler without compromising on the level of protection.
Megha Kumar, senior research manager for software at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, observed that the evolving nature of today's threats is also placing more demands on companies in the region.
She said: "While malware attacks continue to be a perennial pain point for the country's IT security community, many UAE-based organisations are also having to face up to the damaging realities of hacktivist activities, advanced persistent threats, and even cyberwarfare."
The level of complexity that businesses are dealing with is only set to increase in the coming years, as technologies such as cloud computing, mobility, social and big data - which IDC terms the 'third platform' of IT - take hold.
"It is becoming increasingly clear that both lines-of-business and IT departments must now work together to develop a clear understanding of exactly how these new technologies are impacting their people, processes, and security postures," Ms Kumar continued.
This comes shortly after an Emirati security researcher warned that businesses need to put in place more stringent cyber security measures, after it was revealed the UAE is the second most frequently targeted country in the region for cyber attacks.
Sharjah Police officer Major Mohammed Almarashda, who is also a doctorate researcher in cyber and national security at Bournemouth University in the UK, told the National that despite significant investments from the UAE government, many of the systems currently in place are ineffective.
The UAE is vulnerable because of the lack of information sharing between entities such as national and local governments, business, critical infrastructure organisations and the military, he continued, with particular concerns raised over critical infrastructure such as water, electricity, oil and gas.
"Nowadays, the private sector is not involved well in the cyber security domain. This is a big issue," Maj Almarashda said. "We need to make sure that the information flows without any hassles between the different authorities and institutions."
As well as improving communication within the cyber security industry, it will be vital for businesses to invest in advanced software solutions to safeguard their networks. Innovations from encode, supported by IBM QRadar, are a great option for defending against attacks and giving businesses the peace of mind they need.