Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 72 | Page 51


Tackling network security threats

In IT , network security is the act of maintaining the integrity of a computer network and the data within it . Network security is important because it keeps sensitive data safe from cyberattacks and ensures that the network is usable and can be trusted . Industry pundits share with Intelligent CIO Middle East , several methods for enforcing security , evolving attack vectors and how to prevent breaches by limiting risk on the network .

Network security management may involve a wide variety of security tools , for both hardware and software . Network security becomes more important as networks become more complex and enterprises become more reliant on their networks and data to conduct business .

Methods for enforcing security should strive to evolve as networks and attack methods evolve , and aim to prevent breaches by limiting risk on the network .
James Hennah , Director , Security , BT , Asia , Middle East and Africa , said as digital technologies evolve and companies across the continent more readily embrace cloud computing and the associated benefits , so too are threat actors becoming more advanced and persistent in their attacks .
“ Take the prevalence of malware as an example . While the tools used to exploit weak points in the network might become more sophisticated , the fundamental premise still holds true – basic issues around phishing and poor patching remain the most popular methods of exploiting weak points when it comes to the integrity of business systems ,” he said . “ This is as much a human challenge as it is a technical one to solve . Constant vigilance remains key . The best network security in the world means little if employees are not informed about the latest cyberattack trends .”
Hennah said and with so many companies relying on the cloud for data analysis and collaboration , any weakness in network security can result in far-reaching compromises that impact the business bottom line as well as the reputation of the organisation .
Matthew Gaskell , Security Analyst , Synthesis , said as South African corporations seek to keep up with modern technologies , the demand for network security increases . “ With the increase in demand , skills for
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