Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 49

CIO opinion CIO OPINION “ DATA IS NOT JUST THE DOMAIN OF THE LARGE ENTERPRISE BUT A REALITY FOR EVERY SIZE AND TYPE OF ORGANISATION. ///////////////// Mohammad Jamal Tabbara, Senior Systems Engineer – UAE and Channel at Infoblox No silver security bullet but unified defence approach is best Mohammad Jamal Tabbara, Senior Systems Engineer – UAE and Channel at Infoblox, says organisations should not be fooled into thinking there is a ‘silver bullet’ for preventing cyberattacks but instead look to implement a unified defence. E nterprises of all sizes are falling victim to very determined malicious actors whose motivations range from financial gain to government sponsored campaigns. The threats are not limited to commercial enterprises but have significant impact on civilian and non-civilian government agencies. The nature of what organisations must address has changed dramatically over the past decade. The threat surface has expanded significantly, the nature of the threats is evolving at an unprecedented rate and the complexity of what makes up an organisation has grown. Organisations have migrated from having a tightly controlled network with endpoints and devices provided by the company to one where the very definition of an endpoint and device is changing, driven by the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), organisational policies to allow employees to bring their own devices on the network (BYOD) and the adoption of private and public cloud deployments. The definition of a network has changed too; it is no longer a walled garden but an amorphous structure where users can access INTELLIGENTCIO 49 49