DarkMatter Cyber Security Poll Reveals 48% of Respondents' Organisations Still Lack Key Cyber Security Personnel

May 29, 2016, 08:49 ET from DarkMatter

ABU DHABI and DUBAI, May 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Poll is aimed at raising awareness regarding corporate UAE's attitude to rising cyber security threat

DarkMatter, an international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, has found that 48% of respondents to its DarkMatter Cyber Security Poll say their organisations do not have a senior management executive assigned to oversee cyber security, while 46% of respondents said their organisations did not have a Board-level representative responsible for cyber security.

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The statistics are extracted from a poll conducted by DarkMatter during the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) 2016 held in Dubai, at which the company was the Cyber Security Innovation Partner. DarkMatter was able to poll the answers of over 200 information and communication technology (ICT) visitors present at the event, with the aim of the exercise being to identify attitudes held by enlightened ICT professionals towards the role of cyber security in modern, highly digitised economies, and the state of their organisations' cyber threat resilience.

The poll identified that 23% of respondents believe that their organisations have been victim to an internal cyber security breach, while 32% believe their organisations have fallen victim to an external attack. This suggests external threats pose a greater threat to organisations' digital assets than internal ones, with a further poll result indicating 46% of respondents believe cyber security breaches are most often the result of human factors.  

DarkMatter is looking to secure digital infrastructure for nations, businesses, and individuals and while the expectation is that cyber threats will persist, the company advises entities to assume a state of breach, in order to establish the necessary strategic and tactical posture to guard against and mitigate cyber risks.

Commenting on the results of DarkMatter's Cyber Security Poll, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Faisal Al Bannai said, "Raising awareness regarding the real and evolving threat of cyber attacks is imperative in any modern, digital society. It is not about fear-mongering, it is about understanding what is at risk when entities and people operate in a connected online environment; what threat actors may be present and what they are in search of; and what steps can be taken to reduce vulnerabilities or mitigate threats."

Faisal Al Bannai continued, "It is highly encouraging to note that almost 70% of respondents said they would trust a UAE-based company to provide their organisation with end-to-end cyber security solutions, as this is precisely what DarkMatter is here to do. We combine tier one cyber security experts located in the UAE, drawn from around the world, with trusted relationships with governments, and cutting-edge research and development undertaken right here in the country."

However, challenges still exist given 34% of respondents said if their organisation was to experience a cyber security incident, they did not believe it possessed sufficient network monitoring capabilities to identify the breach in a timely fashion.

Further, 49% of respondents said they believed cyber security is ultimately the responsibility of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) more than it is the organisation using it, which is a cause for concern as it may result in companies abdicating the responsibility of actively defending their data assets.

DarkMatter advises the consideration of its Cyber Security Life-Cycle, which entails a four-stage approach encompassing planning, detection, protection, and recovery and is aimed at ensuring an organisation remains aware, guarded, and protected against cyber intrusions at all times.

Already a trusted partner to the UAE Government and other entities, DarkMatter is staffed by tier one international cyber experts who develop, manage and deploy the most innovative technologies.

DarkMatter is leveraging this experience in the wider market as it looks to serve regional and international clients. The company provides a complete portfolio of cyber security solutions and services to organisations that have sophisticated security requirements, from governments and infrastructure operators to large corporations.

About DarkMatter

DarkMatter is a company that is transforming the cyber security landscape by providing a complete range of state-of-the-art services and solutions to governments and commercial clients. Its end-to-end expertise extends to:

Governance, Risk and Compliance

We work with public and private entities in all verticals to audit and assess their performance against regulatory standards, helping identify gaps and meet obligations.

Cyber Network Defence

Our elite team of cyber experts, engaged across all competencies and functions, tasked with identifying and responding to the most advanced threats, threat actors, and cyber attacks.

Managed Security Services

We offer a remote monitoring remediation and resolution service that puts the full capabilities and resources of the DarkMatter organisation at the service of our MSS teams. Whether you need a SOC built and operated from scratch or you need assistance in upgrading what you currently have in place, DarkMatter can provide assistance.

Secure Communications

DarkMatter's Secure Communications Suite protects fixed and mobile voice, video, chat, email, file sharing, data communication, as well as device management across various platforms and operating systems.

Infrastructure and System Integration

This area underpins our professional services offering for governments and corporations, providing applications, services and solutions that ensure our clients remain at the forefront of cyber security.

Smart Solutions

We offer a comprehensive security suite of services comprising elements of protection for both homes and businesses: The Connected and Secure Home & Office; Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures; Mobile Peace of Mind; and Trusted Hardware supply.

Staffed by global experts and headquartered in the UAE, DarkMatter provides peace of mind through consulting and project implementations that are scalable to clients of any size and that address any domain of cyber security threat or risk. As a trusted partner to governments and critical infrastructure entities, the firm also works with leading global companies operating in the field of electronic and cyber security.

Agile and innovative, DarkMatter takes a comprehensive approach to helping its clients navigate the complex and ever-evolving world of threat and risk mitigation strategies, tools, policies and systems.


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