Middle East Posts World’s Second-Highest Average Data Breach Costs at USD 6 Million

Comprehensive Data Protection Strategies Can Protect Vital Data, While also Reducing Reaction Times to Data Breaches

The Middle East ranks as the world’s second-highest cost of data breaches, at USD 6 million per breach, leading industry experts to make urgent calls for organizations and their channel partners to revisit their data protection strategies.

Middle East organizations face a wide range of data breach issues – including the world’s highest average number of breached records, at 38,000 per incident, and an average data breach costing USD 5.97 million, both figures about 50 percent higher than the global average, according to a recent report by the Ponemon Institute.

At USD 5.97 million, the Middle East’s average data breach cost was topped only by the United States with USD 8.19 million. Alarmingly, the Middle East also landed the world’s longest length in the data breach lifecycle, with a mean average of 381 days.

To tackle these issues, UAE organizations need to invest in data loss prevention and cybersecurity strategies, and implement new tools and processes to react faster to data breaches, advises Condo Protego, a leading UAE-based IT infrastructure and information management consultancy and solutions provider.

“The Middle East having among the world’s highest average costs, records, and lifecycle for data breaches shows an urgent need for organizations to adopt an holistic data protection platform and strategy to maintain their business operations and reputation,” said [NAME, TITLE, Condo Protego]

In order to best secure their IT infrastructure and critical assets, Middle East organizations should adopt Data Loss Prevention and cybersecurity solutions to identify and manage confidential data across mobile devices, storage, and networks.

“Middle East organizations have enthusiastically adopted the cloud, Internet of Things, and mobile platforms – but also expanded the data threat landscape,” added [Name]. “Trusted channel partners can advise organizations on data loss prevention strategies and solutions to reduce the data breach costs, lifecycle, and number of records that can be accessed — while also giving employees access to their data.”

In the Middle East, Condo Protego is seeing strong interest in data loss prevention solutions from Dell Technologies and VMware. For example, VMware’s Workspace ONE solution offers a unified endpoint management that can enable IT administrators to better manage mobile devices and their apps and content.

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