Qatar must secure networks from cyber terrorism

Qatar needs to embrace technology security for utilities

NEWS, Business, Networking, Security, Terrorist

In a recent interview with CWQ, Linden Stephens, Hyder Consulting, says that more needs to be done to secure companies against cyber terrorism.

Recent recipient of Engineer of the Year award at the CWQ Awards 2014, Stephens is emphatic that networks in Qatar need better security, more so now that wireless connectivity is here.

“If you look at every network within in the Middle East, no-one of the region has any kind of cyber security features, yet all of them have moved to IP,” he said.

Historically, the Qatari construction sector is of a traditional mindset and technology doesn't always feature on its list of priorities. However, with the growing threat of hackers continually in the media, Stephens said that more needs to be done to counter the threat.

“There is a mad rush around the region to secure these networks and prevent attacks on utilities,” he said and cited the destruction that a hacker caused with the Stuxnet virus in 2010, that stymied Iran's nuclear-fuel enrichment program. He warns: “Cyber terrorism is very real and companies must prepare to defend themselves against it.”

Read the full article in the November issue of Construction Week Qatar.


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