Bitdefender will be participating in the 39th edition of GITEX Technology Week, to be held in Dubai, UAE, from October 06 – 10.
Over the last couple of years, enterprises and governments in the Middle East, particularly in the healthcare and industrial sectors, have been changing the way they operate by connecting a plethora of disparate systems across operations, to mine untapped data. However, this radical shift toward the Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding the attack surface considerably. Bitdefender plans to use the MENA region’s premier technology tradeshow as a platform to discuss the most critical threats associated with IoT and demonstrate to customers and partner’s unique solutions to protect IoT infrastructures that are increasingly more exposed to cyberthreats.
Speaking about the importance of deploying robust cybersecurity solutions that specifically address IoT security, Tarek Kuzbari, regional director, Middle East, at Bitdefender said, “Given the region’s appetite for technology and innovation, governments and enterprises across the Middle East are increasingly turning to cloud environments and IoT applications to transform their operations and achieve growth. But at the same time, it is imperative that these same organizations also realize the security implications associated with these initiatives. The consequences of an IoT attack can range from downtime and loss of revenue and reputation, to―in the case of an attack on medical devices in the healthcare sector—even loss of life.”
“Traditional security solutions fall short in these scenarios as most IoT applications cannot be secured via an anti-malware solution. The best IoT security strategy is to focus on network threat detection, as the network is the common ground for all IoT devices,” continued Tarek.
“As a cybersecurity community, I believe we have a duty of care to serve as advisors to regional governments and businesses, particularly when it comes to newer technologies like IoT. We need to educate them on the latest threats facing their organizations, understand their pain points and most importantly, work with our partners to offer them solutions that will make the best sense for their business, rather than ours. GITEX gives us a wonderful opportunity to do just this and along with our visiting EMEA executives, local team and key channel partners, I look forward to highlighting how the Bitdefender portfolio of endpoint, network and threat intelligence solutions, can help regional organizations protect their most critical assets” concluded Tarek.