Many companies in the Middle East may be at risk of falling victim to cybercrime because there is a disconnect between the views of IT and business managers on the subject.
This is according to data storage firm Condo Protego, which observed that a lack of communication between the two areas often makes it difficult to formulate effective security policies, Zawya reports.
Savitha Bhaskar, chief operating officer at the firm, said it is a "recurring problem" that IT leaders and chief information officers in the region are not made aware of business goals and objectives, or even key operational challenges affecting their organisation.
This means they cannot plan effectively when business strategies are updated or the way in which enterprises access and handle data changes.
Ms Bhaskar said: "IT isn't yet leveraged as a business enabler by many organisations here. Therefore, when security policies and control of data that goes in and out of an organisation are left to the IT department, which often isn't equipped to make those kinds of decisions, it's a recipe for disaster."
Cyber security is currently one of the biggest issues affecting organisations in the Middle East, with research by Symantec and Deloitte finding more than two-thirds of businesses (68 per cent) lack the internal capabilities to defend against sophisticated cyber attacks.
The report also found 41 per cent of businesses do not even consider procedures such as installing security software to be a necessity.
Ms Bhaskar stated: "If an organisation wants to put in place an IT security strategy to protect its data, then just getting IT to put in firewalls and threat management solutions, such as antivirus software at endpoints, is not enough."
Solutions need to be far more comprehensive than this in order to be effective, but this is something that can only be achieved if IT managers are in sync with an organisation's business goals and objectives, she continued.