09 Mar Qualys to put cybersecurity automation front and center at GISEC 2022
Leader in cloud-native security, Qualys will participate in GISEC 202 to showcase their range of cloud-based IT, security and compliance solutions.
The appearance comes as the Middle East saw a sharp surge in cyberattacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first half of 2021, malware attacks across the Middle East were up almost 17% on the year-earlier period. Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, and Qatar were among the hardest hit and Oman alone saw a 67% increase in incidents.
Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director, Middle East, Qualys, said: “As organisations continue to accelerate their digital transformation journeys, they must adapt their threat postures to cover newly adopted technologies and methodologies such as containers, DevOps, mobility, IoT, OT and cloud, while maintaining their traditional data centers.
“Qualys’ cloud platform, with its suite of security applications, delivers an indispensable capability to gain visibility across the entire infrastructure, and enhance remediation efforts.”
At GISEC 2022, Qualys will showcase its latest innovations and offer 30-day trials to keen delegates. The business is keen to highlight the rich visibility across hybrid multi-cloud environments that allows users to identify vulnerabilities and suspicious activity.
Automation is also a key focus as it’s also a powerful means to sift through data quickly and offer real-time insights with less false positives, meaning security teams can detect, manage, and resolve vulnerabilities, leading to faster remediation. Additionally, when using machine intelligence to take over manual and repetitive tasks from human agents, security professionals can turn their skills to more complex and innovative tasks, such as hunting more elusive attacks or collaborating with line of business on strategy and policy.
Away from the company’s stand at GISEC, Tarek Naja, security architect for the Middle East at Qualys will give a talk on GISEC’s Dark Stage focused on Azure Active Directory Hacking. The session will cover the main methods used by threat actors to perform reconnaissance, get a foot hold, maintain access, escalate privileges and pivot between on-prem and the cloud.
Jaafarawi added: “The region’s threat landscape never sleeps. Bad actors keep learning. And organisations continue to suffer from IT and security skills gaps. This confluence of factors calls for a renewed look at automation as the best means of securing digital boundaries. GISEC is the region’s preeminent venue for cybersecurity vendors to build awareness around their solutions and innovations. The strong support and participation by UAE government authorities is a huge boon for the event, and Qualys is looking forward to being part of the conversation around how we strengthen our defences and mitigation options in the days ahead.”