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VMware survey: 80% of UAE firms experienced cyberattacks targeting remote workers

VMware survey: 80% of UAE firms experienced cyberattacks targeting remote workers

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Virtualisation and cloud solutions vendor VMware, recently released the UAE findings from the fourth instalment of the Global Security Insights Report, based on an online survey of 3,542 CIOs, CTOs and CISOs in December 2020 from across the globe, including 250 in the UAE. The report explores the impact of cyberattacks and breaches on organisations and details how security teams are adapting to these challenges.

Close to 80% of organisations surveyed in the UAE experienced cyberattacks due to more employees working from home, highlighting the vulnerabilities in legacy security technology and postures.

“The race to adopt cloud technology since the start of the pandemic has created a once-in-a-generation chance for business leaders to rethink their approach to cybersecurity,” said Rick McElroy, Principal Cybersecurity Strategist, VMware. “Legacy security systems are no longer sufficient. Organisations need protection that extends beyond endpoints to workloads to better secure data and applications. As attacker sophistication and security threats become more prevalent, we must empower defenders to detect and stop attacks, as well as implement security stacks built for a cloud-first world.”

“The rapid switch from a centralised workplace, infrastructure and applications to distributed workforce, cloud-based and modern applications has resulted in organisations losing visibility of their networks,” said Ahmed El Saadi, Regional Director, Sales, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, VMware.

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