GISEC 2021: Top security takeaways for the CIO and CSO playbook

The rise of ransomware, new attack vectors opened up by 5G and AI, danger to critical infrastructure, and zero trust security architecture as a way to protect increasingly complex networks were all top of mind at GISEC. Here are the top lessons learned at the event.

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Middle Eastern enterprises, governments and consumers are increasingly becoming the targets of sophisticated cyberattacks that are aimed at stealing personal information, proprietary business data and, in some cases, exposing state secrets. At GISEC 2021 in Dubai last week, attendees had the chance to discuss new security methodologies, hear what  more than 180 speakers say about how to protect their data, and check out what more than 150 different vendors have to offer.

The move to remote work caused by the pandemic and recent geopolitical tensions have caused technology executives to scramble to protect their networks. But the technology and nature of cyberattacks are changing and improving.

The traditional approach, where the emphasis is on protecting the most important resources from already known threats, is not effective and, moreover, carries great security risks in general, according to GISEC speakers and attendees.

There is no doubt that security is a priority for tech leaders. Worldwide spending on information security and risk management technology and services is forecast to grow 12.4% to reach $150.4 billion by the end of this year, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.

At GISEC, attendees had chance to hear what experts consider to be the top security threats today, and the latest methods used to fight them. For the first time at the show, a Turkish Cyber Security Cluster, consisting of eight companies involved in cybersecurity R&D, products and services, was on hand, as well as more than 30 companies at the Israeli pavilion.

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