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Sophos to Focus on Cybersecurity as a Service


Gitex 2022 is definitely bringing a lot of exciting stuff. Apart from a lot of focus on the Digitial Technologies, the expo focusing on cyber security.  Enterprise IT World MEA wanted to understand from Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Sophos about their focus. Excerpt.

Along with protecting our regional customers with our advanced cybersecurity solutions, we are also focusing on providing Cybersecurity-as-a-Service (CSaaS).

Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Sophos. 
What are the key products and solutions that you’ll be showcasing at GITEX 2022?

At the show, we are showcasing our entire range of advanced cybersecurity solutions, including our broad portfolio of endpoint and network products and Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and incident response services, which help organizations defeat cyberattacks and defend against phishing, malware, active lateral attacks, ransomware, and more.

The focus will be to highlight Sophos’ Cybersecurity as a Service capabilities, which is a combination of Sophos’ experts and tools provided as a service, that can help organizations of all sizes to deal with any cyber issues 24×7 365 days of the year.

It helps organizations to have the right tools, people and processes to effectively provide the active threat protection their business needs. It also helps organizations to proactively hunt for threats, scope their severity, initiate action, and provide actionable advice to address the root cause of incidents.

What is your theme of participation at GITEX this year?

This year, our GITEX theme is ‘Cybersecurity as a Service,’ which we believe is the future of cybersecurity. Organizations need services to help them defeating cyberthreats, which have increased exponentially in the last couple of years, both in volume and sophistication – to the point where it is difficult for businesses to handle alone.

Attackers are constantly changing their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to launch cyberattacks like ransomware. To make matters worse, the ransomware business model is continuously shifting and expanding, with Initial Access Brokers (IABs) selling network access to any potential ransomware attacker.

Even “unskilled hackers” can get into the ransomware business – by buying the network access, encryption code and other bespoke pieces needed to launch the attack. Compounding the issue is the current cybersecurity skills gap

Tell us more about the focus of your regional strategies?

Along with protecting our regional customers with our advanced cybersecurity solutions, we are also focusing on providing Cybersecurity-as-a-Service (CSaaS) to organizations needing fully-managed, turnkey security solutions. Regional customers can manage their cybersecurity directly with Sophos’ security operations platform or use a hybrid approach by supplementing their in-house teams with Sophos CSaaS capabilities, such as threat hunting and remediation.

What is your viewpoint on the ‘next digital universe,’ and how do you plan to support organizations in this aspect?

Next digital universe to us means the next level of digital experience that will affect all aspects of our personal as well as business life

From a security point of view, it will be like an expanded attack surface for adversaries, which means, more comprehensive cybersecurity ecosystems and human experts will be needed to provide protection to the digital experience.

Sophos can help organizations to better protect their digital transformation by providing around the clock cybersecurity through advanced cybersecurity solutions and services.

What do you expect from GITEX this year and what have you planned for the customers?

We are expecting more attendees and engagement this year, as things have become normal as compared to the last couple of years.

At our booth, we will have live demos, walk throughs, tech talks and many engagements around cybersecurity solutions, threat landscape and best practices.

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