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Tripwire Study: 96 Percent of IT Security Professionals Expect an Increase in Cybersecurity Attacks on Industrial Internet of Things

Study reveals most organizations take additional precautions to secure IIoT

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of a study conducted in partnership with Dimensional Research. The study looked at the rise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployment in organizations, and to what extent it is expected to cause security problems in 2017.

IIoT are the connected devices in critical infrastructure segments such as energy, utilities, government, healthcare and finance. Tripwire’s study revealed that:

  • Ninety-six percent of those surveyed expect to see an increase in security attacks on IIoT in 2017.
  • Fifty-one percent said they do not feel prepared for security attacks that abuse, exploit or maliciously leverage insecure IIoT devices.
  • Sixty-four percent said they already recognize the need to protect against IIoT attacks, as they continue to gain popularity among hackers.

“Industry professionals know that the Industrial Internet of Things security is a problem today. More than half of the respondents said they don’t feel prepared to detect and stop cyber-attacks against IIoT,” said David Meltzer, chief technology officer at Tripwire. “There are only two ways this scenario plays out: Either we change our level of preparation or we experience the realization of these risks. The reality is that cyber-attacks in the industrial space can have significant consequences in terms of safety and the availability of critical operations.”

“As Industrial companies pursue IIoT, it’s important to understand the new threats that can impact critical operations. Greater connectivity with operational technology (OT) exposes operational teams to the types of attacks that IT teams are used to seeing, but with even higher stakes,” said Robert Westervelt, security research manager at IDC. “The concern for a cyber attack is no longer focused on loss of data, but safety and availability. Consider an energy utility as an example – cyber attacks could disrupt power supply for communities and potentially have impact to life and safety.”

The study’s respondents were also asked how they expect their organizations’ deployment of IIoT devices to change, and how it will affect their level of vulnerability. Tripwire found that:

  • Ninety percent expect IIoT deployment to increase.
  • Ninety-four percent expect IIoT to increase risk and vulnerability in their organizations.
  • When respondents were broken down by company size, both larger companies (96 percent) and smaller companies (93 percent) expect a significant increase in risk caused by the use of IIoT.

Meltzer continued: “The Industrial Internet of Things ultimately delivers value to organizations, and that’s why we’re seeing an increase in deployments. Security can’t be an industry of ‘no’ in the face of innovation, and businesses can’t be effective without addressing risks. The apparent contradiction of known risks and continued deployment demonstrates that security and operations need to coordinate on these issues. While IIoT may bring new challenges and risks, the fundamentals of security still apply. Organizations don’t need to find new security controls, rather they need to figure out how to apply security best practices in new environments.”

This study was commissioned by Tripwire and carried out by Dimensional Research in January 2017. A total of 403 qualified participants completed the survey. All participants had responsibility for IT security as a significant part of their job and worked at companies with more than 1,000 employees. Survey respondents were based in the United States (278), the United Kingdom (44), Canada (28) and Europe (53).

About Tripwire:

Tripwire is a leading provider of security, compliance and IT operations solutions for enterprises, industrial organizations, service providers and government agencies. Tripwire solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business context; together these solutions integrate and automate security and IT operations. Tripwire’s portfolio of enterprise-class solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management, log management, and reporting and analytics.

Learn more at www.tripwire.com, get security news, trends and insights at tripwire.com/blog.

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Contact:

Tripwire, Inc.
Ray Lapena, PR Manager
714-624-8862
rlapena@tripwire.com

Wand.education™ Remains the Premier Online Lesson Builder for Teachers, Giving Them an Easy Means of Creating Interactive, Engaging Digital Learning Activities

After its launching at GESS Dubai last year, Wand.education™ will showcase during this year’s event the updated 2.0 version of the platform that enables teachers to create better lessons, faster.

Come and Try it at GESS Dubai 2017

Visitors at this year’s GESS will be able to test Wand.education™ in the Software Innovative Vision LLC company’s booth (#G45). Wand.education™ is a web based content creation platform that enables teachers to develop interactive lessons in minutes, to deliver engaging content across multiple devices and to assess students’ performance.

Between 14th and 16th March 2017, during GESS, teachers can enjoy a hands-on experience and create dynamic lessons using pre-built templates such as galleries, mindmaps, flashcards, labels and many more. The updated version of the lesson editor in Wand.education™ includes an extensive library of illustrations, animations, videos, audios, photos and 3D. In addition, Wand.education™ allows teachers to track students’ progress through smart aggregated reports, while providing them with actionable data.

Wand.education is an innovative application designed to raise the quality of the teaching process in the Middle East. It was created for K-12 teachers and it requires no IT experience.

When signing up for Wand Inspire account, teachers will be able to easily build, share and make use of interactive lessons, manage their personal workplace, access advanced analytics, and benefit of technical support being provided by the helpdesk.

In the same time, School accounts are also available, offering volume discounts.

Using Wand, in time, school communities can create vast repositories of educational content that can be easily re-used and made available among them.

A free Wand Create account will give teachers immediate access to 512 Mb Storage, 15+ Templates, Student Groups, Multimedia Library, Lesson Repository and Student Analytics Reports.

The updated version of Wand.education™ is offered in Arabic and English, with additional locations and languages planned throughout 2017.

Wand already enjoys excellent references in the UK, and Malta.

At the Company’s booth, visitors can also enjoy and see in action other innovative eLearning solutions such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Virtual Science Laboratories, educational software for mobile devices and tablet PCs. Workshops will be held for demonstrating all solutions.

Software Innovative Vision LLC has an active presence in the Gulf region, where the company has been successful with large, complex educational content projects.

This is the seventh year running that the company is participating at GESS Dubai, to showcase the newest eLearning solutions developed by its educational specialists.

About Wand.education™:

Wand.education™ is a content creation platform that enables teachers to create better lessons faster. By using Wand.education™, teachers can create not only interactive and appealing presentations including galleries, labels, mind-maps, hot-spots, crosswords or flashcards, but also Assessments and Learning Games.

More than 15 ready-made templates are already available in Wand.education™, all designed for a clean and easy learning experience. An ever growing multimedia library with illustrations, videos, audios and 3D objects is also ready for use.

Teachers can deliver assignments to their students with a click of a button and monitor students’ progress using smart reports that provide them with actionable data.

Visit us at: https://wand.education

Contact:

Software Innovative Vision LLC.
Alexandru Cosbuc, General Manager,
Alexandru.Cosbuc@siv-gulf.com

ITWORX Wins the 2017 ESRI’s Partner Conference Global Award for Big Data Analytics

In recognition of its innovative efforts in stretching the boundaries of big data and location-based analytics, front-running IT solutions and services provider ITWORX, has been named the 2017 ESRI Partner of the Year for Big Data & Analytics.

ITWORX garnered the prestigious award at this year’s Esri Partner Conference, held recently in California-USA, crowning the Company’s successful implementation of its ‘InSite Suite’ a location-based behavioral analytics solution, in collaboration with Esri, for the Telco sector.

 “By bringing the power of Big Data to ESRI’s geo-spatial platform, ITWORX ‘InSite Suite’ significantly improves the way Telco Operators draw insights from their data assets; enabling more relevant customer conversations, and faster and better-informed decision making.” said Hafez Hamdy, ITWORX CEO.

ITWORX ‘InSite Suite’ helps Telco operators know how and where their customers flow in different geographical locations through heat maps. It also provides valuable data-driven insights about customer usage patterns and purchasing habits, and avails this data to targeted Enterprise customers including Retail, Marketing & Advertising agencies, Transportation companies, and others.

ITWORX InSite Suite allows Retailers to choose best locations for new outlets, predict demand and compare store performances in addition to enabling offline advertisers to identify areas with high traffic of their target audiences and compare multiple spots based on traffic, gender, age, and a range of other demographics.  ITWORX Insite Suite also provides real-time traffic data that helps stakeholders in the transportation sector understand traffic volumes, journeys and passenger patterns, forming the basis for accurate traffic prediction and proactive intervention.

Commenting on the partners’ selection for the awards in this year’s edition of the conference, Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president, said: “Esri partners provide world-class applications in government, business, science, and nearly every industry type. The members of our partner network have succeeded in areas ranging from improving operational efficiency in the workplace to helping protect the environment. Esri is privileged to recognize our most distinguished partners.”

The Esri Partner Conference brings together Esri technology partners, distributors and market experts, to discover fresh opportunities to expand their networks, collaborate on ways to grow, and solve real-world problems using Web GIS.

ITWORX participation at the 2017 edition of the Conference served as a platform to share its expertise in Big Data and Analytics with other industry experts and market players, as well as explore new ways to realize its Telco & Big Data vision and collaborate with potential partners.

About ITWORX:

ITWORX is a global IT Services firm providing Cloud-based and On-premise solutions to the world’s leading organizations with an emphasis on Advanced Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Performance Management, and CRM. ITWORX has a 20-year proven track record building award-winning solutions for Telco, Banking, Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Government; leveraging its vast pool of talent, wide range of partnerships, and global delivery capability.

ITWORX has global offices in Cairo, Connecticut, Toronto, London, Zurich, Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, & Doha. ITWORX is ISO 9001:2008 and CMMi Level 3 Certified.

Contact:

Grey Doha
Mona Mashhoor, PR Account Manager
+97466186797
mona.mashhoor@greydoha.com

Perception That UAE Roads Get Safer – UAE Road Safety Monitor (4th Research Cycle)

  • 4th cycle of unique perception study of UAE motorists.
  • Road infrastructure is growingly popular.
  • Very positive trend: roads become overall less dangerous.
  • Positive trends: driving enjoyment, reduced commute time and speeding.
  • Stable trends: tailgating, distracted drivers and lane swerving.
  • Despite good trends, the absolute levels of misbehavior are still high.

Coinciding with the 33rd GCC Traffic Week, the 4th cycle of UAE Road Safety Monitor delivers encouraging perception trends throughout. UAE’s motorists cherish the government’s continued efforts to further improve the road traffic infrastructure and at the same time they give evidence, that UAE’s roads become safer overall. Driving enjoyment increases and we see decreased commute times and less speeding vehicles. Trends for other misbehavior on our roads remain stable, namely for tailgating, lane swerving and distracted driving.

The 4th cycle of this unique perception study of UAE motorists was commissioned by QIC Insured (Qatar Insurance Company) and RoadSafetyUAE. It measures the motorists’ perception for the last 6 respective months. The study was conducted by YouGov in February 2017 and it is based on the views of a representative sample of 1,008 UAE residents.

“Perception counts! Hence, we take the results of our unique study so seriously, as these perception trends are an excellent indicator for the work of all stakeholders involved in road safety. With the data points of meanwhile 4 cycles of the UAE Road Safety Monitor, we see very interesting trends unfolding.”, comments Thomas Edelmann, RoadSafetyUAE’s founder & managing director. “While the observed trends are positive or stable, the absolute % numbers are high, and further efforts in education, enforcement and infrastructure improvement are needed, by all concerned stakeholders, public and private entities and the media”, he continues.

Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President MENA Retail, QIC Insured states: “We always want to be on the forefront of unique initiatives and we are proud to be associated with this unique long-term perception study, as it demonstrates the efforts of QIC Insured to actively support the creation of safer roads, in line with the ‘UAE Vision 2021’. As a leading insurer, to protect our customers is in our DNA and we are glad to see the throughout positive trends in this most recent cycle of our study.”

The Highlights of This 4th Cycle:                                         

The growing big majority (83%) state, that they ‘strongly agree’/’agree’, that UAE’s road traffic infrastructure has improved vs. 6 months ago, resulting in higher driving enjoyment (56%) of the respondents.

The following perception dimensions, despite enjoying improved or stable trends, are still on high absolute levels and a lot needs to be done to decrease those levels:

  • Dangerous driving has decreased sharply (-5%), still 49% state traffic has become more dangerous.
  • Speeding enjoys a healthy drop (-2%), however the majority of 62% see more speeders.
  • Distracted drivers 75%, Tailgating 68%, Lane Swerving 67% show stable trends.
  • Less motorists (-2%) complain about longer commute times (61%).

The details of the UAE Road Safety Monitor can be found in the ‘featured’ section on: http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/statistics/. The study will be repeated every six months with the next scheduled release in mid Q3/2017.

About RoadSafetyUAE:

RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award-winning platform engages with the stakeholders, traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and more than 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) minded partners. ‘Tips & Tricks’ are the content backbone, provided for more than 60 topics of road safety, all specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on www.RoadSafetyUAE.com

In addition to QIC Insured, RoadSafetyUAE partners with RTA, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Health Authority, BMW, Michelin, Audi, Nissan, Infiniti, Al-Futtaim Honda, Volvo, Al-Futtaim Volvo, Galadari Brothers – Mazda, MAN Trucks, STS, Gargash Insurance Brokers, PepsiCo, Johnson&Johnson, MMI, Pernod Ricard, Serco, MiXTelematics, JustKidding, AMEC Foster Wheeler, OMD, NSG and VOX Cinemas.

About QIC Insured (Qatar Insurance Company):

Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is a publicly listed composite insurer with a consistent performance history of over 50 years and a global underwriting footprint. Founded in 1964, QIC was the first domestic insurance company in the State of Qatar. Today, QIC is the market leader in Qatar and a dominant insurer in the GCC and MENA region. QIC is one of the highest rated insurers in the Gulf region with a rating of A/Stable from Standard & Poor’s and A(Excellent) from A.M. Best. In terms of profitability and market capitalization, QIC is also the largest insurance company in the MENA region. It is listed on the Qatar Exchange and has a market capitalization of over USD 4 billion.

QIC Insured is the retail brand of QIC’s personal insurances and can be experienced at qic-insured.com

Contacts:

RoadSafetyUAE
Thomas Edelmann, Founder and Managing Director
Thomas@RoadSafetyUAE.com,
Mob: +971 50 55 19 216

QIC Insured

Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President, MENA Retail
www.qic-insured.com
frederik.bisbjerg@qicmena.com.qa
Tel.: +974 4496 2360