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Clear and present danger

James Dartnell | June 10, 2014
As Chief Information Security Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years, Robert Bigman was entrusted with protecting the United States' most sensitive secrets. The President of consultancy firm 2BSecure took time out to talk to CNME about why outdated IT architectures leave worldwide security hanging by a thread.

Any words of comfort for the region's IT leaders?

They need to go back to basics. It's no use just taking advice off of salesman and hoping security issues will be resolved. They need to take responsibility for their own organisations, spend resources where possible, do their best to rework their architecture and bring in people with the right skills to help them move forward. Throwing money at the problem is not enough, IT leaders must do the necessary due diligence when implementing security strategies. 

Given the skills gap in the region, where can the Middle East source these new recruits?

They're in China! I think a good start is to fund security courses and degrees, like they're starting to do in the US. We need to start growing our knowledge in the Internet-based economy.


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