As the Middle East and Africa region continue to experience a rapid growth in the sales and penetration of smartphones, with a population of more than 525.8 million using mobile devices in 2013, an increasing number of malware attacks also pose a threat to millions of smartphone users.
Tackling the importance of mobile security, the second Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) 2014, taking place from 9 to 11 June at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will discuss ways to secure the mobile environment against evolving threats.
The unfettered growth in mobility created an alluring opportunity for cybercriminals with 9% of large organisations experienced a security or data breach in smartphones or tablets, according to a 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey. The widespread use of mobile devices resulted to various cybercrimes such as hacking, phishing scams and internet fraud. Smartphones are usually attacked through malwares, Trojan horse viruses and malicious software such as Loozon and FinFisher.
Among the GISEC Conference speakers is Nader Henein, Advance Security Solutions, Advisory Division at Blackberry, who will talk about devising a fit-for-purpose bring-your-own-device (BYOD) security plan that capitalises on the innovation and productivity of a mobile workforce. Also included in his presentation are the introduction of more stringent authentication and access controls for critical business apps and balancing the legal and electronic recovery implications of mobile devices with governance and compliance.
Heinen will also tackle mobile malware tactics and recent advances in Android malware as well as dissecting the anatomy of a mobile attack. According to Sophos Mobile Security Threat Report 2014, the exponential growth in Android devices and the buoyant and largely unregulated Android app market produced a sharp rise in malware targeting that platform. SophosLabs has seen over 650,000 individual pieces of malware for Android, which has grown quickly in a short period of time due to the increasing use of mobile devices.
“Security for mobile devices, applications and content is a paramount concern in a mobility management strategy,” said Ian Evans, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, AirWatch by VMware EMEA. “Allowing corporate-owned or employee-owned devices to access corporate data requires a strong enterprise security strategy to ensure the deployment is secure and corporate information is protected.”
Brian Lord, Managing Director, PGI Cyber, commented: “PGI (Protection Group International) recognises that the growth of mobile device use is essential for commerce, governments and individuals. They increase efficiency, drive down costs and afford maximum flexibility. As with all information and communication media, they also come with their own security risks. PGI’s solutions, whether advisory or technical, all encompass the security risk posed by mobile devices – whether that is an individual device or an integral part of an organisation’s infrastructure – and afford protection without detracting from the huge value such devices bring.” he added.
During the two-day conference, leading information security experts headlined by Robert Bigman, former Chief Information Security Officer at the CIA; Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure and Wim Remes, Chairman of the Board of Directors at (ISC)2 will discuss various topics on cyber threats and cybersecurity.
Bigman’s keynote address of Day 1 of the GISEC Conference will shed light on the vulnerability of Heartbleed, especially clear prevention methods the audience can use to protect their internal corporate networks under the theme ‘Change the way you connect to the internet’. Hypponen – the man who tracked down the authors of the first PC virus ever recorded – will deliver his keynote address on Day 2 of the GISEC Conference and will discuss critical information security issues to empower one with superior protection. Remes will focus on strategies to map out existing infrastructures to adequately protect them against realistic threats among several others.
Meanwhile, GISEC will also hold free-to-attend security sessions on vendor-run educational presentations, workshops, demonstrations, informative speeches and case-studies giving I.T. professionals useful insights to help defend their businesses from cyberattacks. Based on the Official CISSP CBK Review Seminar, (ISC)2 will offer an education programme focusing on two of the most challenging domains of the CISSP CBK: Information Security Governance and Risk Management; and Access Control delivered by an Authorised (ISC)2 Instructor. All attendees will receive CISSP certificate.
As the region’s only large-scale information security platform, GISEC will gather industry, government and thought leaders as well as international and regional cybersecurity experts in various business verticals such as I.T., oil & gas, banking & finance, government, legal, healthcare and telecoms to meet the growing requirements for information security and countermeasures in the region.
The must-attend event is set to draw 3,000 trade visitors from 51 countries and more than 100 exhibitors from the world’s leading information security companies and brands. 91% of last year’s attendees were purchasing decision makers from a wide range of industries.
Among the key sponsors of the exhibition are BT Global as Strategic Sponsor; GBM as Diamond Sponsor; Spire Solutions and Protection Group International as Platinum Sponsors; Access Data, Websense International, Fire Eye and F5 Networks as Gold Sponsors; Research in Motion (Blackberry), CSC Computer Sciences, Guidance Software and Palo Alto Networks as Silver Sponsors. Meanwhile, Paladion is the sponsor for the IT Security Awards.
Powered by GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, the region’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event, GISEC is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. GISEC is open 10am-6pm from 9-11 June. Visitor attendance is free of charge.
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