In a bid to highlight the evolving trends in the cyber-threat landscape and help consumers, enterprises and government organizations stay safe in the fast-changing cyber world, on November 19-20 Kaspersky Lab hosted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Security Forum for partners and customers, followed by an exclusive press conference. Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab; Garry Kondakov, Chief Sales, Marketing and Support Officer; Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer and other top managers and leading Kaspersky Lab experts met with key industry representatives, government officials and educational community to raise awareness and highlight the company’s efforts to spread its expertise via its channel network and partnerships.
“Today we are witnessing how the Internet is being transformed from a network for sharing information to a global communication platform, a vital piece of infrastructure that can be vulnerable to potentially devastating strategic attacks. At Kaspersky Lab, we work round the clock to bring our customers the most advanced security solutions. We also work with governments and international organizations by sharing our expertise and insight because we think that only by combining our efforts we can achieve our common goal – making the Internet safe and secure,” said Eugene Kaspersky.
According to Kaspersky Lab’s statistics in the third quarter of 2013 39.4% of Saudi Arabian users suffered from local cyber threats that spread via offline sources – removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, etc. – while 27.4% of users suffered from Internet-based malware incidents. More and more consumers in the region face malware through Android mobile smartphones or social networks, phishing and spam with messages related to political situation in the region. For companies the list of threats is extended by problems such as DDoS and web defacement attacks or even advanced persistent threats (like the Red October advanced cyber-espionage malware that was identified in Saudi Arabia).
Within the Saudi Arabia Security Forum Kaspersky Lab experts spoke about these threats, and outlined ways to protect organizations as well as discussed key trends on the security market. “The company has invested heavily in channel partnerships and training to address the needs of its wide range of customers in the country. Paying special attention to the Saudi market over the last year Kaspersky Lab has continued to strengthen its presence in Saudi Arabia. Now it has a 24% market share according to the latest IDC Secure Content and Threat Management Tracker,” said Garry Kondakov, Chief Sales, Marketing and Support Officer.
Eugene Kaspersky and the host of the event, Khalid Abu Baker, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Middle East, also held a meeting with King Saud University, a world-class institution regarded as as the best in the Arab world. They discussed a partnership around security knowledge transfer in the university’s research centers, and a further contribution to the development of the next generation of IT security specialists in Saudi Arabia.
“At Kaspersky Lab we are doing our best to help both consumers and businesses stay protected against new breed of cyber criminals who are emerging every day. We provide them with comprehensive, easy to use security solutions and share our knowledge. We want the growing rate of internet penetration and mobile phones usage in Saudi Arabia to bring benefits, not threats,” commented Khalid Abu Baker, Managing Director Kaspersky Lab Middle East.