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Organizations Are Looking at MSSPs and GSIs to Fill the Skills Gap



Roland Daccache, Systems Engineering Manager for META at CrowdStrike, says there’s a global cybersecurity workforce gap of 3.4 million people

Tell us about the cybersecurity trends for 2023.
In 2023, adversaries will leverage identity-based attacks for initial access and lateral movement, driving down breakout time. Throughout 2022, we have seen an increase in identity-based attacks and the development of sophisticated file-less techniques bypassing traditional multi-factor authentication defenses. While our latest Global Threat Report shows that malware-free attacks increased to 71% in 2022, up from 62% in 2021.

And it’s not just stolen credentials, as pass-the-cookie, golden-SAML, and even social engineering with MFA fatigue add to the ever-growing ways to compromise an identity. In 2023, we predict adversaries will break out more quickly by compromising identities to move laterally between endpoints to deploy ransomware, achieve business email compromise (BEC) by accessing email infrastructure or exfiltrate critical data from Azure, GCP, or AWS public cloud infrastructure.

What is the theme of your participation at GISEC 2023?
This year, Fabio Fratucello, International Field Chief Technology Officer at CrowdStrike will be speaking on the main stage at GISEC on March 15, 2023, at 12:35 PM. Fratucello’s talk is titled “Detection and Response in 2023: What we have learned from the past and what the future looks like”.

The session will review the strengths and weaknesses of the modern security operation practice and will highlight how designing cyber fundamentals right is more than ever critical to implement a cost-effective, long-term cyber detection and response strategy. Furthermore, Philippe Farhat, Sales Engineer at CrowdStrike, will host a session live hack titled “Corporate Espionage via a Malware Free Attack” at GISEC on March 14, 2023, at 3:00 PM in the Dark Stage. GISEC visitors can visit the CrowdStrike booth in Hall 8 / Stand A5.

Which products and solutions will you be showcasing at GISEC 2023?
We will be announcing a global partnership with Dell during GISEC. This year, our theme at GISEC is all about proactive security. Our customers have been asking us how they can leverage the CrowdStrike platform to reduce the number of tools they need to protect their environment. We are very happy to introduce our latest modules, which include Falcon Surface, our external attack surface management solution, coupled with the enhanced Falcon Spotlight, our vulnerability management module, to provide organizations with a 360 degrees view of their exposure, from inside out and outside in. We are also looking forward to connecting with prospective customers, learning about new developments in the industry, building partnerships and meeting distributors, and optimizing our sales and lead generation strategy.

How are you equipped to help companies overcome digital security and privacy challenges?
CrowdStrike has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes, and technologies that drive modern enterprise. CrowdStrike secures the most critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity, and data – to keep customers ahead of today’s adversaries and stop breaches.

Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the CrowdStrike Falcon platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence on evolving adversary tradecraft, and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting, and prioritised observability of vulnerabilities – all through a single, lightweight agent. With CrowdStrike, customers benefit from superior protection, better performance, reduced complexity, and immediate time-to-value.

Is there a skills gap in the cybersecurity industry? What needs to be done in order to bridge that gap?
According to the (ISC)² 2022 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, there’s a global cybersecurity workforce gap of 3.4 million people. As a result, organizations will look to MSSPs and GSIs to fill this gap. The benefit for organizations leveraging MSSPs is that they provide 24/7/365 expert monitoring without the need for additional staffing. As for GSIs, they can help organizations manage the complexity inherent in cybersecurity and solve business challenges through implementation services.

Furthermore, organizations can address the skills gap through a consolidated, platform approach that reduces operational and technical expertise. This can be further supplemented through managed services. For example, a managed security service for the cloud can deliver 24/7 expert security management, continuous human threat hunting, monitoring, and response for cloud workloads, which can be thought of as an extension of a company’s SOC team.

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Cyber Security Speed Signs Partnership with ConnectWise to Expand into the Middle East



Cyber Security Speed, a leading global provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions, has announced its strategic expansion in the Middle East region and the establishment of pivotal partnerships with key players in the Gulf. This expansion is driven by the company’s commitment to fortifying businesses against evolving cyber threats and delivering cutting-edge OT/ICS Security capabilities.

As part of its global growth strategy, Cyber Security Speed is excited to establish a strong presence in the Middle East. The region’s rapidly evolving digital landscape presents both opportunities and challenges, making it imperative for businesses to adopt robust cybersecurity measures. Cyber Security Speed’s expansion in the Middle East marks a significant step in its mission to safeguard enterprises and critical infrastructures from sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Cyber Security Speed is proud to announce a strategic partnership with ConnectWise, a renowned provider of software solutions for technology service providers. This partnership will empower businesses in the Gulf to leverage the seamless integration of Cyber Security Speed’s state-of-the-art cybersecurity suite with ConnectWise’s platform. Through this integration, technology service providers can now offer enhanced security services to their clients, delivering a holistic cybersecurity approach with proactive threat prevention and real-time incident response capabilities.

Carlos Becerra, CEO of Cyber Security Speed, remarked oan the partnership, “Our collaboration with ConnectWise reinforces our dedication to providing comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to businesses in the Gulf. Together, we can elevate the region’s cyber resilience and foster a secure digital environment for enterprises and end-users alike.”

With the increasing reliance on interconnected operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS), the vulnerability to cyber threats has amplified in critical sectors. Cyber Security Speed’s cutting-edge OT/ICS Security capabilities offer businesses advanced defence mechanisms, ensuring the continuous operation and protection of vital infrastructure against potential cyber intrusions.

Cyber Security Speed’s portfolio boasts APT Detection and Response capabilities, providing proactive identification and neutralization of advanced cyber threats. Complemented by a robust Incident Response team and a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC), the company ensures swift and efficient incident management, enabling businesses to promptly mitigate security breaches and prevent extensive damages.

Building on its proven track record, Cyber Security Speed has cultivated strategic partnerships with both private sector entities and government institutions in the Gulf. These partnerships aim to create synergies between industry experts and cybersecurity specialists to address the unique challenges faced by the region’s businesses.

“Our collaborations with prominent private sector organizations and esteemed government bodies in the Gulf have played a pivotal role in strengthening our presence in the region. The shared vision of a secure digital landscape unites us in our pursuit of fortifying critical infrastructures and securing businesses from cyber adversaries,” stated Carlos Becerra.

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GISEC Global 2024 to Bring the Cybersecurity Industry’s Biggest Collaborative Movement



After the monumental success of its record-breaking 11th edition in 2023, the Middle East’s largest and most impactful cybersecurity event is rallying the world’s attention on the industry’s biggest collaborative movement, as it aims to decode and demystify the biggest cyber threats amid the great global digital upheaval.

GISEC Global 2024 ( will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 23-25 April 2024, gathering the world’s foremost cybersecurity companies, InfoSec professionals, CISOs, cyber hygiene decision makers and government leaders to rise against the ever-evolving threat of the dark cyber-criminal underworld seeking to devastate critical infrastructure or pilfer company accounts.

The 12th edition of the annual three-day cyber super-connector will build on the unstoppable momentum from 2023, when it welcomed 500 cybersecurity brands and 14,837 attendees from 127 countries, its double-digit year-on-year growth in-line with a Middle East cybersecurity market that, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan, will grow annually by 20 per cent over the next seven years to value $31 billion by 2030.

As governments and corporates march forward with bold digital transformation agendas to improve lives and boost bottom lines, enhancing cyber resilience has risen to the top of boardroom discussions to protect the proliferation of critical data and digital assets.

GISEC Global 2024 will ‘take the attack to the attackers’, presenting the latest solutions for buyers across diverse sectors, from aviation, construction, energy, education, and finance, to government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and telecommunications. Hundreds of top digital security and transformation companies have already confirmed their participation at the region’s leading pureplay cybersecurity event, which is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre, and features its extensive conference programme along with the GISEC CISO Circle, unlocking the biggest conversations and strategies shaping the modern cybersecurity agenda.

World record-breaking cyber challenges and hackathons are also set to return, gathering thousands of ethical hackers and students from across the world to face off against and find solutions to, real-world threats.

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Video: Edgio Says Automation Will Bridge the Talent Gap in the Security Industry at GISEC 2023



In this interview, we speak with Richard Yew, Senior Director, Product Management – Security, Edgio, about his company’s participation at GISEC Global 2023:

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