One of the biggest challenges in fighting cybercriminals in KSA is the lack of security-focussed resources.
This is the opinion of Emad Abu Jazar, KSA Country Manager for Fortinet, who believes that a lack of up-to-date security systems makes life easier for malicious actors.
“The biggest challenges we have in Saudi is the lack of resources which really are security focused,” said Abu Jazar.
“We still see some organisations using applications that were being developed 15 years ago, and these were taking care of their vulnerabilities at that time.
“However, since then things have changed dramatically. This is a loophole in to the infrastructure for hackers to come in and start putting malware within the customer network.”
He added that KSA is just like any other country in the World when it comes to the threat of cybersecurity.
“Saudi is like any other country. We have similar challenges worldwide. In particular, when it comes to the increasing number of devices connected to networks nowadays with increasing mobile and IOT sectors,” said Adu Jazar.
“The threat surface landscape is getting bigger and we have noticed that the volume of threats is increasing day by day.
“Also the sophistication of these threats is increasing as well. The dependency of government entities and businesses has also increased dramatically on IT which really gives lucrative ground for hackers to really take advantage of the data available in the network.”
Fortinet secures the largest enterprise, service provider and government organisations around the world including those in the Middle East.