Posted on October 30, 2018

Gulf Business Machines (GBM) Qatar, Qatar’s leading provider of IT solutions, has today revealed the findings of its cybersecurity study at the 12th edition of Milipol. The event is held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) from October 29th to 31st, 2018.

The survey focused on cybersecurity in the business environment, and revealed how Qatari companies are implementing their cybersecurity strategies and what technologies they are prioritizing. A high number of respondents expressed confidence in the security outlook, with 68% of those polled stating that they believe their company has an effective security strategy program in place. The survey indicated that 18% of Qatari enterprises admitted to being breached at least once in the last 12 months, a record low when compared to international statistics, which currently average at 54%. Interestingly, 41% of respondents said Artificial Intelligence (AI) would be the most critical resource that could help their organization predict cyberattacks. 28% of these respondents expressed an interest in investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI), with 95% of those aiming to utilize the technology within the next two years, showing a willingness to adopt new technologies.

“Qatar, along with the rest of the globe, is a target for cybercrime. As the Internet’s presence in our lives continues to grow, so do the chances of falling victim to a cyberattack. With the increasing cost of a data breach, the impact of common error cannot be understated and the importance of a well-equipped security protocol cannot be overstated. In today’s context, it is crucial for organizations to understand that preparation against a security breach should not be purely focused on preventative tactics, but rather it is important to invest in resources that aid in detection and response. This will test the resilience of an organization’s security against breaches”, said Soubhi Chebib, General Manager of GBM Qatar.   

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The security survey also revealed that a mere 12% of organizations have made detection and response technology a key priority, with most respondents stating that preventive technology investments will remain the focus. This finding underscores the necessity of a change in mindset, especially among management when it comes to budgeting for the right security technologies. However, the survey indicated that 62% of the respondents have a Security Operations Center (SOC) in place, which better enables organizations to effectively monitor their operations 24/7 to ensure timely detection and response to any security incidents.

It is with these numbers in mind that during this year’s edition of Milipol, GBM will demonstrate a range of products and solutions geared at ushering and safeguarding clients through their digital transformation journeys. Highlights at the stand will include presentations and demos of trending technologies, such as artificial intelligence and data security. GBM will also have several products and solutions from internationally renowned partners like IBM, Cisco, and VMware available. Visitors will be able to interact with applications like IBM’s Intelligent Operation Center (IOC), a software platform designed to provide visibility on overall city or organizational operations, thus helping optimize operational efficiency. GBM will also have experts on hand to talk about solutions like Cisco’s Rapid Threat Containment, which allows organizations to identify and manage threats while also protecting critical data, and VMware’s Virtual Computer, which enables Information Technology to achieve significantly more at a lower cost through virtualization.

GBM will be welcoming visitors at its Milipol stand located at D060 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). The GBM Qatar security survey is the only one of its kind sharing insights and recommendations about the cybersecurity landscape in Qatar. The survey polled over 100 executives and IT professionals from a range of industries including IT, healthcare, education, oil and gas, hospitality, and many others. For more information on the findings in the GBM Qatar Security Whitepaper, visit www.gbmqatar.com.

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