Interview with Werno Gevers, Regional Director, Mimecast

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What is Mimecast presenting at GITEX Global this year?

We will be showcasing our security services during the show – advanced email and web security solutions, brand protection capabilities and awareness training, and also introduce attendees to the new artificial intelligence offering, Mimecast. CyberGraph.

CyberGraph is a new add-on for Mimecast Secure Email Gateway (SEG) designed to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help detect sophisticated phishing and identity theft attacks. CyberGraph creates an identity graph designed to store information about the relationships between all senders and recipients. The graph is designed to detect anomalies and leverages machine learning technology to help organizations stay ahead of threat actors by alerting employees to potential cyber threats.

What is driving Mimecast’s growth in the Middle East region?

The growth of the global cybercrime industry is straining organizations and their security teams. The last of Mimecast 2021 State of Email Security Report found that 45 percent of organizations in the UAE reported an increase in the sophistication of inbound cyber attacks, while 41 percent cited an increasing volume of attacks.

The fact that most organizations also face the challenge of securing a hybrid workforce, as many staff continue to work remotely part-time, only adds to the challenge. The growing dependence on email and other business productivity tools creates new challenges. In fact, three-quarters (75%) of organizations expect an email attack to hurt their business this year.

Hybrid work models offer a plethora of potential attack surfaces, with employees working remotely being particularly vulnerable due to generally lower levels of protection against cyber attacks on home networks and personal devices.

Since hybrid work models are likely to remain for the foreseeable future, it is essential that organizations stay abreast of the new security risks and challenges created by hybrid work models. Security teams are therefore looking to deploy new tools and solutions to protect users and vulnerable systems. Mimecast solutions are therefore becoming more and more relevant for organizations in the region. Mimecast helps protect organizations from malicious activity, human error, and technology failure. We help customers tackle their biggest security challenges with a managed security solution designed to secure the number one cyberattack vector – email. When integrating Mimecast brand protection, security awareness training, web security, compliance, and other critical capabilities into their security infrastructure, customers have implemented measures to prevent compromise of emails and improve their cyber resilience.

What are your key markets in the region and how do you plan to expand your presence?

Our regional headquarters are in Dubai and we have a strong presence in Saudi Arabia. But we work in all countries of the Middle East and are able to reach organizations in all territories thanks to our strong network of channels. We will continue to work with our strategic partners to increase our presence in the region.

As one of the leading security providers, what sets you apart from the rest?

In addition to email protection, Mimecast is partnering with security providers to create a cyber resilience ecosystem, which now has over 100 API partners, including CrowdStrike and Rapid7. Each integration is designed to enable organizations to better understand their threat environment, reducing complexity, minimizing risk, and improving threat detection and response times.

Mimecast also offers training and support. Mimecast Security Awareness Training (Mimecast AT) combines video content with tactical security testing to help organizations across industries reduce security risks associated with employee human error, which is the root cause of over 90% violations. Our research found that employees of companies not using Mimecast AT were more than 5 times more likely to click on malicious links.

Where can we find you at GITEX Global?

Rampart stand – stand H2-A2, hall 2


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