Cybersecurity at the fore: Microsoft hosts trust and security briefing in Dubai
The Middle East is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world and the region has taken incredible strides in technology adoption. However, one key concern is that a majority of organisations are still vulnerable to cyber attacks. According to reports, cyber attacks in 48% of the Middle Eastern and African companies resulted in damage of more than $500,000.
Data breaches are daily occurrence in the region and regulatory requirements for protecting data are increasing. It’s no longer an option for businesses across the Middle East and Africa to build secure solutions that deliver value and protect customer data. It’s an imperative.
Last week, in Microsoft offices in Dubai, media from across the region attended sessions to hear about the latest developments in the trust and security landscape across the Middle East and Africa.
Through series of interactive sessions Microsoft discussed the security environment that companies are operating in and how enterprises, governments and people across the region should think about securing data. The cloud is becoming a security imperative as it addresses the most rigorous security and privacy demands of our customers.
The first presentation, hosted by Microsoft’s associate general counsel for MEA, Mike Yeh, spoke about the increasingly complex world that companies are operating in, and that businesses will only adopt technology that they trust. The Microsoft cloud has the deepest and most comprehensive compliance coverage in the industry. He also outlined the role of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, the Cyber Threat intelligence Programme, and Microsoft’s approach to customer data privacy.
Following Yeh, Cyril Voisin, Microsoft EMEA’s chief security advisor, also described in detail the challenges facing organisations – large and small – today. With the movement of devices and services outside the firewall, there is more data, fewer boundaries, and more complexity than ever before. He then discussed how Microsoft is working on this, using the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, which uses AI and machine learning to analyse and stop threats. Currently, Microsoft helps with cyber security for more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500, analyses more than 400 billion emails, and scans 1,2 billion devices. Cloud is now a security imperative, with security built in from the ground up.
The session was closed by guest speaker David Weston, Microsoft’s ‘hacker-in-chief’ that leads the global Windows Red Team. When Microsoft’s senior leadership wants to know where their security defences may be vulnerable or weak, they turn to David Weston. David discussed the role of the Red Team, that has been conducting penetration testing, threat intelligence, platform mitigation design, and offensive security research since Windows 7. The group regularly challenges each other by creating mock security threats (from the Red Team), while a Blue Team detects and responds to the cyberthreats.