Next Generation Cybersecurity providers

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Ankit Satsangi, CTO of AHAD sheds light on how the company is being the next generation of cybersecurity providers.

How would you describe AHAD?
AHAD being a part of next-generation cybersecurity provides cybersecurity, digital transformation, and risk management services and solutions. We serve as an enabler providing strategic advisory, consulting, design, implementation, assessment for organizations to become cyber resilient while delivering seamless experiences, business efficiency, and actionable insights. AHAD is founded by three information security professionals to provide cybersecurity solutions to Government, Fortune 500, and start-up companies in the region.

We take pride in our Services for Security Assurance, Governance, Mastering Risk & Regulatory Compliance, Cybersecurity Consulting, Virtual CISO, DPO, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Managed Security, Cloud Solutions, Digital transformation and more. We are a team of industry experts who specializes in detecting and validating risks to prevent the attacks before they occur.

How does AHAD differentiate from traditional System Integrators?
A preventative stance is more effective in dealing with a cybersecurity issue than a reactive one. That’s where AHAD’s Advanced Cyber Defence Solutions enter the picture. Our solutions can identify malicious data empowering companies to minimize the ramifications of breach of data while optimizing their decision-making and maximizing business opportunities. Be it a multinational corporation, a mid-sized company, or a local business, one can never be too prepared for a potential cybersecurity breach. The only option is to eliminate all possible vulnerabilities – systemic, organizational, or individual – to maintain robust cyber defence.

AHAD’s Advanced Cyber Defences

  • Adopts industry-best practices aligned with your unique needs and sensibilities
  • Build broad industry and sector knowledge for the right cybersecurity and privacy program to inform and enhance your business strategy
  • Strategically assess, design, implement, operate, and improve your cybersecurity and privacy program to deal with existing as well as emerging cyber threats
  • Build a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy by incorporating data management, business process management, enterprise risk planning, user authorization, data sharing and protection, and vulnerability assessment and prevention

What impact does COVID-19 have in the technology domain?
The technology space is going through a paradigm shift due to Covid-19. It has created a unique challenge of enabling certain controls which may otherwise be not enforced for remote working/working from home. This working model has raised concerns regarding Data Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability and continuous business operations. While we are in the age of social distancing and remote working, the tech industry will also benefit as it will have to deliver solutions­­­­­­ to work more effectively by leveraging new technology and solutions.

What is the role of regulation and compliance in work from home culture?
Against a background of mandatory compliance regulations, data protection, legal specifications and our increasing dependence on IT systems, companies need to assess their risks and demonstrate compliance. As the remote working culture is a new adoption and seems permanent for now due to pandemic, enforcing data regulation policies and conducting awareness sessions and delivering them remotely / digitally is I think the way forward.

AHAD experts help you implement and operate an effective risk and compliance management system. Customers can benefit from our extensive experience and expertise and help comply with the regional standards like:

  1. ISR, Information Security Regulation
  2. DESC, Cloud Security Provider Framework
  3. NESA, SIA, Signals Intelligence Agency
  4. DIFC, Data Protection Law
  5. AER, Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman
  6. NCEMA, National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority
  7. ADHICS, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Information & Cyber Security Standard 

How to detect and respond to sophisticated attacks?
Cyber-attacks are getting meaner and smarter by time causing damage in millions of dollars. To be able to detect such attacks, one would need to be thinking like a hacker to be able to deploy appropriate controls in place for effective detection and response. File-less attacks and other smarter attacks are on the rise, traditional Antivirus’s and perimeter security products won’t keep up. This brings the need to deploy Machine Learning and signature-less based detection technologies. To top it all, a single pane of visibility across all your organizational assets is vital to be able to reduce the gap of Time to Detection vs the Time to Respond.

What are the security recommendations in the OT space against cyber-attacks in 2021­­?
There is an absolute dependency on safe and sustained operations that range from Transportation infrastructure to Energy and Manufacturing. These air-gapped systems won’t keep up with the trending cyber-attacks. Comprehensive control and monitoring technologies should be deployed with someone watching over these controls to be able to respond to incidents in a timely manner.


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