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Middle East organizations poised to embrace proactive cyber threat hunting: Survey


Raytheon survey showsthat UAE and other GCC countrieslead the world in using managed security services for cyber defense. Middle East companies, already leading the world in the use of managed security services, or MSS,to protect networks from cyber threats, are poised for the next step in the evolution of cybersecurity: proactive threat-hunting, in which cyber defenders seek to stop threats before they do damage.

A Raytheon Company-sponsored (NYSE: RTN)survey, unveiled at the Kingdom Cyber Security Forumin Riyadh on May 22-23,revealedthat companies in the Middle East are ahead of other regions in employing cyber defense measures through usingexternal security service providers. The global survey,titledDon’t Wait: The Evolution of Proactive Threat Hunting,reveals leading-edge trendsinthe evolution of managed security services from reactive to proactive.

Sixtypercent of companies interviewedin the region, includingthe United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman,plan to use MSSin the next year – more than their counterparts in North America, Europe or theAsia Pacific region. Middle East organizations use managed security service providers at a higher ratethan in other parts of the world, with 57 percent of the region’s organizations already using MSS providers, a much higher rate than in Europe and Asia Pacific.

While adoption rates are high, many of the MSS services used in the region need to be supplemented with newer approaches.MSShas traditionally been reactive: anti-virus, firewalls, intrusion detection and sandbox technologies. Today, proactive hunting can effectively find sophisticated and damaging threats.

“The information and communications technology industry is experiencing a clear global shift from reactive to proactive strategies to safeguard and minimize the impact of cyber threats,” said Dave Amsler, president of Raytheon Foreground Security, who delivered a keynote speech at the Kingdom Forum.
Other key findings of the survey:

• Sixty-five percent of Middle East information security officials believe that MSS is essential to a sound information security strategyand strongly view it as a strategic priority to alleviate cyber threats
• A key challenge for Middle Eastern companies is the difficulty of finding MSSPs that support and integrate with the company’s systems and requirements
• A majority of executives in the Middle East (55 percent) believe that the MSS concerns are shifting from information technology to the line of business, realizing the substantial impact of effective MSSP across all business functions.

Commissioned by Raytheon and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the survey covered 19 countries across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, and gauged the perspectives of 1,784 CISOs and information security leaders through essential insights into current MSS offerings, barriers to adoption and future plans. “The survey sheds light on the value of proactive threat hunting, with results clearly demonstrating a commitment to maintaining progressive information technology practices by Middle East information security leaders across organizations in the region,” Amsler added.

Raytheon Foreground Security offers the ProActive Threat Hunting, or PATH, service, which takes a new approach by automating much of the traditional MSS model and allowing analysts to perform advanced hunting for threats that can circumvent traditional security controls. For the complete report please contact: iispr@raytheon.com

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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