All security providers are not created equal

Emad Fahmy, Systems Engineering Manager, Middle East, NETSCOUT, explains how security should extend across supply chain and how to bring greater intelligence to the fight against cyberthreats.

We have entered a new year, but cyberattacks keep coming. According to our latest Threat Intelligence Report, an increase in new distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack vectors has occurred recently, pointing to rapid innovation occurring within the ranks of threat actors.

The GCC region is home to some of the world’s biggest commercial hubs and is experiencing a rapid digital shift. The UAE is leading in so many areas regarding technology and innovation, and cybercriminals haven’t fallen behind. Instead, bad actors are constantly reinventing their tactics.

According to UAE Government Cyber Security, the UAE has seen a 250% increase in cyber-attacks. Subsequently, a recent industry study revealed that over 10 million Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks were recorded globally in 2020, including a 183% increase in the UAE alone.

These growing security threats have put a greater emphasis on the importance of choosing the right cybersecurity partner. Knowing which experts to work with can make the difference between adequately protecting your business and leaving yourself vulnerable to intrusions and catastrophic disruptions. This is where ISO 27001:2013 certification can help.

What is ISO 27001:2013?
ISO 27001:2013, the most up-to-date certification available, is an international standard that provides a framework for managing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) to provide continued confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information, and legal compliance.

This highly respected certification demonstrates that a cybersecurity provider can be trusted to offer information risk processing and security management solutions that meet the most stringent industry standards.

Enterprises that decide to work with ISO-certified security partners often see important benefits, such as lowering the chances of security breaches within their IT environment, which in turn reduces possible damage and resulting costs. When security is improved, businesses are viewed as more trusted by partners, customers, and consumers.

Security Should Extend Across Your Supply Chain
Because businesses today are sharing an increasing volume of data with “trusted” partners, vendors, and suppliers, security vulnerabilities within the supply chain are taking on increased scrutiny. These partnerships create a wider array of attack entry points for bad actors.

Cybersecurity providers that have obtained ISO certification have tools in place to minimize supply chain cybersecurity attacks. Certification demonstrates that these companies have been scrutinized and tested and are highly adept at protecting their own data, as well as facilitating the protection of customer data.

ISO Certification for Security Management achievement
We have successfully received ISO certification for our product development and technical operations, customer support, and business support functions.

We have been using the ISO 27001 framework for more than a decade. This certification assures our customers we have implemented security measures and countermeasures that protect us from unauthorized access or compromise. In addition, the third-party auditors found our IT staff to be conscientious and knowledgeable in best practices.

This certification demonstrates that we are dedicated to following the best practices of information security. We aim to protect our customers’ data throughout its lifetime, including all transactions as well as storage.

Bringing Greater Intelligence to the Fight Against Cyberthreats
We leveraged the principles of ISO certification with the introduction of a scalable network security software solution, Omnis Cyber Intelligence (OCI). OCI is built on the foundation of the industry’s most prominent network monitoring and packet recording and analysis technology. It uniquely detects and investigates suspicious activities in real-time and retrospectively, identifying threats before they spread.

Using market-leading visibility technology, OCI increases the range and depth of security intelligence and makes it accessible to security teams in real-time.

Encouragingly, recent figures show that worldwide spending on information security and risk management technology and services is forecast to grow 12.4% to reach $150.4 billion in 2021. This indicates that enterprises are heeding the message by focusing their investments on enhancing their security postures.

With enterprises worldwide facing threats to the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of customer data and information, we’ve built our culture to adhere to leading security management best practices to support our customers. It’s built into our DNA.