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Cyberattacks: Dizengoff Cautions Firms Against Reactive Strategies

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Against the background of increasing high profile data breaches with increasing sophistication, Dizengoff Nigeria, a technology-based industrial conglomerate has cautioned businesses and organisations in the country against implementing reactive protective measures.

Antti Ritvonen, chief executive officer of the company said the sheer viciousness of growing cyber-attacks and threats globally makes it imperative for security efforts to focus on preventive rather than reactive protection measures.

He said “as a leading solution provider in cyber security we are currently providing endpoint security to major banks in the financial sector and other sectors against cyber breaches.”

Also, Mr. Akanna Iweka, sales and channel manager, Networks and Cybersecurity, Dizengoff Nigeria, Iweka while reviewing Nigeria’s cyber security outlook for the year 2018, cautioned that “organisations should select security products that provide superior security value. They should go for products that deliver value not just in terms of monetary cost but more for their security effectiveness.”

Reactive security strategies can no longer protect businesses against the sheer viciousness of highly sophisticated cyber security-attacks and threats that have evolved. He canvased the adoption of more secure preventive security platforms like the “Palo Alto” which natively brings together all key network security functions, including advanced threat protection firewalls, IDP/IPS and URL filtering.

“Organisations are struggling to protect themselves from security breaches. They implement various security tools and networks, applications, cloud, endpoints etc.; they make conscious efforts to meet regulatory compliance; their security teams work to comb through endless security alerts; and yet, there has been an increase in successful cyber breaches and data loss” he said.

Akanna said responses that have been implemented have failed in part because “threats and threat actors have evolved, while many security solutions have not. Threats have become more sophisticated, automated and low-cost to execute, and occur in various forms, in quantities and at paces faster than organisations are prepared to handle.

“All of these have happened while many security tools, solutions and platforms have maintained the same practices proving inadequate for protecting systems against breaches”, according to him.

He maintained that Palo Alto which takes the preventive approach, gives a superior alternative because all key network security functions that is advanced threat protection firewalls, IDP/IPS and URL filtering are natively built into the platform and share important information across the respective disciplines ensuring better security than legacy firewalls, UTMs, or point threat detection products.

Akanna who itemized key challenges that reactive response products like Anti-Virus is not addressing in the market urged a shift away from such reactive measures focused on improving detection and response time which only narrows the window from when an attack occurs to when it is detected.

“This does little to address the need for protecting valuable information before an organization suffers a breach. Ensuring effectiveness must therefore be on moving away from detecting and responding to incidents, after critical assets have already been compromised, to preventing threats from breaching the organization in the first place.”

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