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Middle East Cyber Security concerns : 3 strategic approaches

The temporary measure became the “New Normal” in Middle East

2021 is no different than 2020, many are still staying at home and working and there has been a continuous reliance on technologies that were auxiliary before 2020. While many thought it would be a transitory course of action, this now has shifted to be long-term planning for UAE businesses.

Over 10 million DDoS cyber attacks were recorded globally since the onset of the pandemic, including a 183% increase in the UAE alone. 

Virtual Private Network and Remote Desktop Protocol administration tools have become indispensable assets to support the remote culture. Unfortunately, these tools can also be rife with a lot of vulnerabilities such as weak login credentials or unpatched software.

Know why ringing the cyber bell is the need of the hour? 

Cyber security threats are defined and redefined every day but in 2021 it took a wide jump. Digitization is still making our lives more efficient, easier but on balance brings more benefit than danger. Vulnerability assessment has always been an integral part of enterprises but today it is throwing up surprising quirks along the way. 

Do you know what happened in the Middle East?

The Middle East witnessed rapid digitization and their fast track approach to a cloud-first strategy that has triggered innovations, also made enterprises operate more efficiently but not to forget it opened up unintended gateways for cyber attacks and other disruptions.

Experts have mentioned that the coming years will be riddled with more risks and growing vulnerabilities in communication, supply chain. Enterprises are investing in communication and information technology but overlooking Cyber security.

Managing Cybercrimes and digital safeguarding will and should remain the top priority in 2021 especially in the MENA region, as the region is seeing an increase in businesses.

Cybercrime is devastating the growth of the economy in the Middle East region.

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So, what to do now? Reinforcing a better IT infrastructure? Indeed. Using better security tools? Indeed. Training people about cyber hacks? No, not required as we have used the “best-in-class” tools but wait, according to a report by IBM Security, human error is the main cause of 24% of all data breaches. 

A strategic approach to put a full stop to these issues.

It is always better to stop the attack rather than repair the damage after the attack. 

Continuous VAPT 

Taking a proactive approach is always better when it comes to cybersecurity. Let’s switch seats for a while and think from a hacker’s point of view while you are testing the strength of your IT infrastructure. Conducting continuous VAPT to identify the vulnerabilities and threats will help in forestalling attacks. It is difficult to completely secure the network. Networks often have weak points unknown to those tasked with securing systems and removing vulnerabilities, these are known as zero-day vulnerabilities. Hackers can exploit these and can cause damage.

Training And Educating Employees

Regardless of how sophisticated the attack may be, employees ought to be trained to respond effectively and spontaneously to cyber attacks. So, focus on training the employees by simply informing them how the attacker may approach them. Likewise, make sure you communicate to employees that they won’t be penalized when they report a breach unless the pattern is repeated.

Think About Some Cyber-insurances

Look for cyber – insurance that will help you with cyber-risk management and mitigating the recuperation cost too. It can aid to fill the coverage gaps of existing traditional insurance protection. 

These two should always go side by side so that there are no loopholes found. 

If you want to tackle risks, adjust and move forward to build a resilient cyber enterprise even if the ground continues to shift.

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