US crisis heightens demand for e-security
Shattering traditional attitudes towards protection, the recent terrorist attacks in the US have caused a dramatic surge of interest in security in general, but also in e-security, according to BigHat Media. Overnight people have become very concerned about their well-being and this has translated into the on-line world as well.
In the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has estimated that the cost of hackers and e-commerce fraud will reach three trillion dollars this year. “Security is not an accessory but a necessity," said Trevor Punt, managing director of BigHat Media, adding that “E-security is a universal business concern and if it isn’t it should.”
BigHat Media are the organizers of E-lert, an e-security forum to help combat hacker threat, which opens today and until October 2, at the Emirates Towers Hotel. "A dedicated event of this kind is obviously long overdue in a region where, according to a recent survey as many as 57 percent of Middle East respondents had no documented information security practices, almost two-thirds failed to have their information systems audited and an alarming 75 percent had no separate information security department," according to Punt. — (Mena report)
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