[ISN] Experts Call for Raising Awareness About IT Security

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    M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Arab News 
    8 June, 2004 
    RIYADH, 8 June 2004 - A panel of IT experts say local businesses need
    multilayer IT security cover because the exponential growth of worms,
    viruses and spam e-mail have dramatically changed the security
    landscape in the last two years. They also want to raise awareness
    about IT security in Saudi Arabia, where poor technical know-how
    together with lack of awareness could cost businesses dear.
    The experts were attending a meeting organized by Specialists for
    Computer Systems (SCS) here on Sunday. SCS says it is a leading
    provider of IT security products in the Middle East. The company's
    information security solutions include security awareness for
    enterprises, security assessments, consultancy, risk management, virus
    protection, policy compliance management, access control, integrated
    security solution, security knowledge transfer, intrusion detection
    system, firewalls, early warning solutions and content filtering.
    SCS is an enterprise security partner of Symantec, a Microsoft gold
    certified partner for security solutions, and a Cyber Guard and Citrix
    Golden partner. It is involved with a number of projects for Saudi
    government agencies and the private sector.
    The event was attended by experts from various companies including
    Muhammad Al-Mandil, SCS president; Esam Daban, vice president; Khalid
    Siddiqi, SCS marketing manager; Bashar Bashaireh, Cyber Guard manager
    for Middle East and North Africa; and Hani Hijazi of Citrix.
    Al-Mandil and Daban said demand for stronger application security and
    security for wireless networks will drive the growth of the
    information security services market, as will the continuing trend
    toward outsourcing network-security functions such as application
    security testing, disaster recovery and management of network security
    "In 2002, the global financial impact from virus attacks dropped for
    the first time in seven years," said Bashar. However, the financial
    impact of virus attacks has been on the rise again in the recent past.
    Many factors have contributed to the rising costs, including the
    reality that many companies are still not prepared to handle the
    threat from fast-spreading virus attacks. Some studies nonetheless
    predict more than 20 percent annual growth in spending for information
    security services.
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