McAfee has opened its first Cyber Defense Center (CDC) in Dubai to offer incident response support, assessments and security education to customers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
The constantly evolving threat landscape has driven demand for sophisticated security services with strong skills and experience in the EMEA market.
The Cyber Defense Center will not only provide quality Emergency Incident Response and Forensics services (supported by the new McAfee state-of-the-art forensics lab based in Dubai), but will also provide unique strategic services differentiating McAfee from others in the region, including: Contextual Threat Intelligence, Open Source Intelligence Investigations, DDos Defense Assessments, Digital Forensics and Targeted Malware Threat Analysis. McAfee’s robust portfolio of strategic services will continue to evolve to respond to the ever-changing threat landscape to help customers stay ten steps ahead of the ‘bad guys’. The CDC team comprises of expert consultants, with more than 70 years combined experience in incident response handling across the public and private sector.
The opening of this Cyber Defense Center means McAfee now has a significant presence in EMEA enabling it to guide enterprises on the best ways to protect assets and maximize business goals through maintaining a strong security posture.
Over the last year, a tremendous increase has been detected in malware and attacks targeted at EMEA organizations. As an example, Ukraine and Belarus both experienced an increase in spam of more than 200 per cent in Q2 2013. In the Middle East, the CDC is monitoring a family of financial-data-stealing malware, which is very active in countries like KSA, UAE and Qatar. Many of the breaches that were investigated over the past months started with attackers executing a SQL-injection into clients’ websites and databases to enter further into the network. More and more activity is monitored as well with regards to hacking groups that are targeting industries, governments or other hacker-groups for different motives: financial gain, hacktivism or stealing intellectual property.