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ISSUE # 26

Security Advisor ME April 2018


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Dirty secrets of network firewalls uncovered

0 25IT managers lack visibility to about 45 percent of their organisation’s network traffic, creating significant security challenges. In fact, nearly a quarter of them are blind to as much as 70 percent of their network traffic.

Legacy email security systems are “failing,” reveals report

0 26The latest report found more than 14,277,163 pieces of spam and 9,992 emails containing dangerous file types – all missed by the incumbent providers and delivered to users’ inboxes.
Oman is making government employee training against cyber threats a higher priority

New cyberespionage campaign targets MENA firms: report

0 53Kaspersky Lab experts have uncovered a new cyberespionage campaign “Operation Parliament” that is targeting high profile organisations from around the world with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Five ways to check if your router is configured securely

0 73 Here are some security aspects users should look at in a home network ―particularly those related to the configuration of its Internet-connected router.
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GCC firms struggling to meet GDPR deadline: report

0 55With the deadline fast approaching, many GCC organisations are yet to begin the processes, risk lagging behind and facing penalties.

Russian hackers could launch a global cyber-attack: US and UK officials

0 50Russian hackers are reportedly targeting millions of devices around the world to spy, steal information and build networks in preparation for future cyber-attacks, the US and UK have revealed.

Global IT professionals lack security confidence: report

0 59A new survey had revealed that less than half of all organisations were able to detect a major cybersecurity incident within one hour. Even more concerning, the study found that less than one-third said that even if they detected a major incident, they would be unable to contain it within an hour.

Saudi Arabia spotlights cybersecurity education with new deal

0 136Saudi Arabia has reportedly signed a strategic partnership with US education-focused technology firm, Coursera.

UAE’s Etisalat, global telcos form cybersecurity alliance

0 121Etisalat have signed the agreement with Singtel, SoftBank and Telefónica have signed an agreement to offer enterprises a comprehensive portfolio of cybersecurity services.

Saudi Arabia blocks over 1.6M malicious files in the last year: report

0 117Saudi Arabia’s education sector was most affected by malware, followed by government, and telecommunications during 2017, according to a study.

“Technology is a double-edged sword,” says cybersecurity expert

0 121Transparency and Regulations will reduce the risk of data leaks and inspire confidence in future technologies, says cybersecurity experts

“Don’t mess with our elections”: Hackers warn Iran

0 146Hackers have launched a cyber-attack that disrupted Internet service and data centres in Iran late on Frida, leaving an image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”.

“Don’t mess with our elections”: hackers warn Iran

0 133The attack has disrupted data centres in Iran and has reportedly been launched in multiple countries as well. The hackers have left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday.

EMEA firms take almost six months to detect a cyber-attack: report

0 118FireEye has announced the release of its annual M-Trends report, which found that attackers were present in EMEA organisations’ networks a median of 175 days before being detected in 2017.

Saudi crown prince talks cybersecurity with Google execs

0 125Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday, concluding his three week whirlwind tour of visiting US tech titans. 
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Up to 87 million users exposed in data scandal, says Facebook

0 92Facebook said on Wednesday the personal data of up to 87 million users was improperly shared with British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, Reuters reported.

Global experts to highlight MEA’s $34B cybersecurity market

0 111With cybersecurity spending rising sharply across the globe and cities becoming ever more connected with the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), organisations in both public and private sectors are recognising the increasing importance of cybersecurity.

GCC firms still have critical gaps in cybersecurity: study

0 157Four in five large GCC enterprises still rely solely on usernames and passwords for authentication to corporate networks, according to Microsoft’s Digital Transformation survey.

Saudi Arabia homeland security market surpasses $4 billion

0 67Saudi Arabia homeland security market comprising monitoring and surveillance, restricted entry systems, and perimeter security solutions, holds the lion’s share of the Saudi market, at $4.2 billion, according to analyst firm Frost and Sullivan.
Representatives from Infowatch and the Ajman government at the meeting

InfoWatch, Ajman discuss cybersecurity education

0 102Representatives from Infowatch and the Ajman government at the meeting InfoWatch Group President Natalya Kaspersky has met with government officials …

Facebook takes down Russian troll accounts

0 73Facebook has reportedly suspended 70 accounts, 138 pages and 65 Instagram accounts associated with a “troll factory,” which has been sanctioned by US authorities for fake activism and misleading political posts.

Biometrics: a security bane or boon?

0 327Biometric security, whether fingerprint, facial or iris recognition, is fast emerging as the preferred way to safeguard the data of companies and individuals from threat actors. However, while biometric identification may be less prone to theft and spoofing than passwords, it’s still vulnerable to hacking.

Why we need more women in cybersecurity

0 295Women continue to be underrepresented in the cybersecurity workforce, which leads to missed opportunities for today's organisations to acquire the best information security talents. But what is holding the security industry back from attracting more women in the field?

Oman IT authority boosts cybersecurity readiness in oil and gas sector

0 78The Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre of ITU has signed a partnership agreement with the Oman Oil Company (OOC) to provide the company and its subsidiaries with cybersecurity services.

Five reasons why you need to hire a chief privacy officer

0 108Businesses today run on data, but with great value comes great risk. Here are five good reasons to hire a chief privacy officer.

Saudi residents could face prison time for spying on spouse’s mobile phone

0 129Saudi Arabia has reportedly announced a new law that criminalises the act of spying on your spouse’s mobile phone illegally and has listed this act under cybercrimes, according to Arab News.

UAE acts on online libel against leading Indian jeweller

0 89Post a complaint by Indian-based Kalyan Jewellers, Dubai Public Prosecution has directed the Dubai Police to initiate criminal proceedings for …

Under Armour data breach affects millions of user accounts

0 95Image source: Engadget.com Athletic apparel brand Under Armour revealed on Thursday that data from around 150 million MyFitnessPal diet and …

Humans are still the weakest cybersecurity link, say Middle East CISOs

0 165During an in-depth roundtable discussion prior to the inaugural CISO30 Awards and Forum, security heads from a variety of both public and private entities from across industries gathered to highlight the pressing challenges they’re seeing in the threat landscape today.

CISO 30 Awards winners announced

0 320CPI Media Group and Security Advisor ME have successfully hosted the inaugural CISO 30 Awards and Forum.
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